Sermon: Friday 8th May

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Preached on 4th May 2020
(4th of Easter)
by Antony Oakley

Acts 8:14-17

14The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had received the word of God, so they sent Peter and John to them. 15When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16For the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.


Singing the Faith 383

   1      Holy Spirit, gift bestower,
           breathe into our hearts today.
           Flowing water, dove that hovers,
           Holy Spirit, guide our way.
           Love inspirer, joy releaser,
           Spirit, take our fears away.
           Reconciler, peace restorer,
           move among us while we pray.

   2      Holy Spirit, Christ proclaimer,
           wisdom bringer, light our way.
           Fire that dances, wind that whispers,
           Holy Spirit, come today.
           Ease disturber, comfort bearer,
           move among us while we pray.
           Truth revealer, faith confirmer,
           rest within our hearts today.

From Church Hymnary, 4th Edition 2005

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 383
Words: © Church Hymnary Trust.  Administered by Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd <>

Psalm 42

Psalms 42.1-11


Book Two

Psalms 42—72

The Prayer of Someone in Exile

1As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

so I long for you, O God.

2I thirst for you, the living God;

when can I go and worship in your presence?

3Day and night I cry,

and tears are my only food;

all the time my enemies ask me,

“Where is your God?”


4My heart breaks when I remember the past,

when I went with the crowds to the house of God

and led them as they walked along,

a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.

5Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.


6-7Here in exile my heart is breaking,

and so I turn my thoughts to him.

He has sent waves of sorrow over my soul;

chaos roars at me like a flood,

like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan

from Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.

8May the LORD show his constant love during the day,

so that I may have a song at night,

a prayer to the God of my life.


9To God, my defender, I say,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go on suffering

from the cruelty of my enemies?”

10I am crushed by their insults,

as they keep on asking me,

“Where is your God?”


11Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.


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