Sermon: Wednesday 13th May

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Preached on 11th May 2020
(5th of Easter)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Acts 10:34-43

Peter's Speech

34Peter began to speak: “I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis. 35Those who worship him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know of the great event that took place throughout the land of Israel, beginning in Galilee after John preached his message of baptism. 38You know about Jesus of Nazareth and how God poured out on him the Holy Spirit and power. He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses of everything that he did in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Then they put him to death by nailing him to a cross. 40But God raised him from death three days later and caused him to appear, 41not to everyone, but only to the witnesses that God had already chosen, that is, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from death. 42And he commanded us to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets spoke about him, saying that all who believe in him will have their sins forgiven through the power of his name.”

Singing the Faith 348

   1      He is Lord, he is Lord;
           he is risen from the dead, and he is Lord;
           every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
           that Jesus Christ is Lord.

   2      He is King, he is King;
           he will draw all nations to him, he is King;
           and the time shall be when the world shall sing
           that Jesus Christ is King.

   3      He is love, he is love;
           he has shown us by his life that he is love;
           all his people sing with one voice of joy
           that Jesus Christ is love.

   4      He is life, he is life;
           he has died to set us free and he is life;
           and he calls us all to live evermore,
           for Jesus Christ is life.


Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 348 .

Psalm 37:30-40

30The words of good people are wise,

and they are always fair.

31They keep the law of their God in their hearts

and never depart from it.


32Wicked people watch good people

and try to kill them;

33but the LORD will not abandon them to their enemy's power

or let them be condemned when they are on trial.


34Put your hope in the LORD and obey his commands;

he will honour you by giving you the land,

and you will see the wicked driven out.


35I once knew a wicked and ruthless person;

he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon;

36but later I passed by, and he wasn't there;

I looked for him, but couldn't find him.


37Notice good people, observe the righteous;

peaceful people have descendants,

38but sinners are completely destroyed,

and their descendants are wiped out.


39The LORD saves the righteous

and protects them in times of trouble.

40He helps them and rescues them;

he saves them from the wicked,

because they go to him for protection.

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