Sermon: Monday 18th May

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Preached on 18th May 2020
(6th of Easter)
by Antony Oakley

Acts 13: 1-12

Barnabas and Saul are Chosen and Sent

1In the church at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon (called the Black), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the governor), and Saul. 2While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul, to do the work to which I have called them.”

3They fasted and prayed, placed their hands on them, and sent them off.

In Cyprus

4Having been sent by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went to Seleucia and sailed from there to the island of Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues. They had John Mark with them to help in the work.

6They went all the way across the island to Paphos, where they met a certain magician named Bar-Jesus, a Jew who claimed to be a prophet. 7He was a friend of the governor of the island, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor called Barnabas and Saul before him because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8But they were opposed by the magician Elymas (that is his name in Greek), who tried to turn the governor away from the faith. 9Then Saul — also known as Paul — was filled with the Holy Spirit; he looked straight at the magician 10and said, “You son of the Devil! You are the enemy of everything that is good. You are full of all kinds of evil tricks, and you always keep trying to turn the Lord's truths into lies! 11The Lord's hand will come down on you now; you will be blind and will not see the light of day for a time.”

At once Elymas felt a dark mist cover his eyes, and he walked about trying to find someone to lead him by the hand. 12When the governor saw what had happened, he believed; for he was greatly amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

Singing the Faith 397

   1      The Spirit lives to set us free,
        walk, walk in the light;
        he binds us all in unity,
        walk, walk in the light.
            Walk in the light, walk in the light,
            walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord.

   2      Jesus promised life to all,
        walk, walk in the light;
        the dead were wakened by his call,
        walk, walk in the light.

   3      He died in pain on Calvary,
        walk, walk in the light;
        to save the lost like you and me,
        walk, walk in the light.

   4      We know his death was not the end,
        walk, walk in the light;
        he gave his Spirit to be our friend,
        walk, walk in the light.

   5      By Jesus' love our wounds are healed,
        walk, walk in the light;
        the Father's kindness is revealed,
        walk, walk in the light.

   6      The Spirit lives in you and me,
        walk, walk in the light;
        his light will shine for all to see,
        walk, walk in the light.

Damian Lundy (1944–1996)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 397
Words and Music: © 1978, Kevin Mayhew Ltd, Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk  IP14 3BW  Used by permission.

Psalms 40:1-10

A Song of Praise

1I waited patiently for the LORD's help;

then he listened to me and heard my cry.

2He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,

out of the deadly quicksand.

He set me safely on a rock

and made me secure.

3He taught me to sing a new song,

a song of praise to our God.

Many who see this will take warning

and will put their trust in the LORD.

4Happy are those who trust the LORD,

who do not turn to idols

or join those who worship false gods.

5You have done many things for us, O LORD our God;

there is no one like you!

You have made many wonderful plans for us.

I could never speak of them all —

their number is so great!

6You do not want sacrifices and offerings;

you do not ask for animals burnt whole on the altar

or for sacrifices to take away sins.

Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,

7and so I answered, “Here I am;

your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.

8How I love to do your will, my God!

I keep your teaching in my heart.”

9In the assembly of all your people, LORD,

I told the good news that you save us.

You know that I will never stop telling it.

10I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;

I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.

In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent

about your loyalty and constant love.

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