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Preached on 22nd June 2020
(13th in Ordinary Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 6:1-15

Jesus Feeds a Great Crowd

1After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias, as it is also called). 2A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing those who were ill. 3Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. 4The time for the Passover Festival was near. 5Jesus looked round and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?” 6(He said this to test Philip; actually he already knew what he would do.)

7Philip answered, “For everyone to have even a little, it would take more than 200 silver coins to buy enough bread.”

8Another of his disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter's brother, said, 9“There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But they will certainly not be enough for all these people.”

10“Make the people sit down,” Jesus told them. (There was a lot of grass there.) So all the people sat down; there were about 5,000 men. 11Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. 12When they were all full, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces left over; let us not waste any.” 13So they gathered them all up and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.

14Seeing this miracle that Jesus had performed, the people there said, “Surely this is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” 15Jesus knew that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king by force; so he went off again to the hills by himself.

Singing the Faith 365

  1. Jesu, the joy of loving hearts,
    the fount of life and light of all;
    from the best bliss that earth imparts
    we turn unfilled to heed your call.
  2. Your truth unchanged has ever stood;
    you save all those who on you call;
    to those that seek you, you are good,
    to those that find you, all in all.
  3. We taste of you, the living bread,
    and long to feast upon you still;
    we drink of you, the fountain-head,
    our thirsty souls from you we fill.
  4. Our restless spirits long to be
    with you, where’er our lot is cast,
    glad when your gracious smile we see,
    blest when our faith can hold you fast.
  5. O Jesus, ever with us stay;
    make all our moments calm and bright;
    chase the dark night of sin away;
    shed on the world your holy light.

Ray Palmer (1808–1887)  (alt.)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 365 .

Psalm 68:1-6, 32-35

A National Song of Triumph

1God rises up and scatters his enemies.

Those who hate him run away in defeat.

2As smoke is blown away, so he drives them off;

as wax melts in front of the fire,

so do the wicked perish in God's presence.

3But the righteous are glad and rejoice in his presence;

they are happy and shout for joy.

4Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

prepare a way for him who rides on the clouds.

His name is the LORD — be glad in his presence!

5God, who lives in his sacred Temple,

cares for orphans and protects widows.

6He gives the lonely a home to live in

and leads prisoners out into happy freedom,

but rebels will have to live in a desolate land.

32Sing to God, kingdoms of the world,

sing praise to the Lord,

33to him who rides in the sky,

the ancient sky.

Listen to him shout with a mighty roar.

34Proclaim God's power;

his majesty is over Israel,

his might is in the skies.

35How awesome is God as he comes from his sanctuary —

the God of Israel!

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