Sermon: Friday 29th May

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Preached on 26th May 2020
(7th of Easter)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Acts 20:17-24

Paul's Farewell Speech to the Elders of Ephesus

17From Miletus Paul sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him. 18When they arrived, he said to them, “You know how I spent the whole time I was with you, from the first day I arrived in the province of Asia. 19With all humility and many tears I did my work as the Lord's servant during the hard times that came to me because of the plots of some Jews. 20You know that I did not hold back anything that would be of help to you as I preached and taught in public and in your homes. 21To Jews and Gentiles alike I gave solemn warning that they should turn from their sins to God and believe in our Lord Jesus. 22And now, in obedience to the Holy Spirit I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit has warned me that prison and troubles wait for me. 24But I reckon my own life to be worth nothing to me; I only want to complete my mission and finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do, which is to declare the Good News about the grace of God.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/GNB/Acts/20/

Singing the Faith 378

   1      Father of everlasting grace,
        your goodness and your truth we praise,
        your goodness and your truth we prove;
        you have, in honour of your Son,
        the gift unspeakable sent down,
        the Spirit of life, and power, and love.

   2      Send us the Spirit of your Son,
        to make the depths of Godhead known,
        to make us share the life divine;
        send him the sprinkled blood to apply,
        send him our souls to sanctify,
        to bless and seal us with this sign.

   3      So shall we pray, and never cease,
        so shall we thankfully confess
        your wisdom, truth, and power, and love,
        with joy unspeakable adore,
        and bless and praise you evermore,
        and serve you as your hosts above:

   4      Till, added to that heavenly choir,
        we raise our songs of triumph higher,
        and praise you with a bolder voice,
        out-soar the first-born seraph's flight,
        and sing, with all our friends in light,
        with everlasting love rejoice.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 378 .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26VCH49ozpY

Psalm 51

A Prayer for Forgiveness

1Be merciful to me, O God,

because of your constant love.

Because of your great mercy

wipe away my sins!

2Wash away all my evil

and make me clean from my sin!

3I recognize my faults;

I am always conscious of my sins.

4I have sinned against you — only against you —

and done what you consider evil.

So you are right in judging me;

you are justified in condemning me.

5I have been evil from the day I was born;

from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.

6Sincerity and truth are what you require;

fill my mind with your wisdom.

7Remove my sin, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;

and though you have crushed me and broken me,

I will be happy once again.

9Close your eyes to my sins

and wipe out all my evil.

10Create a pure heart in me, O God,

and put a new and loyal spirit in me.

11Do not banish me from your presence;

do not take your Holy Spirit away from me.

12Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

13Then I will teach sinners your commands,

and they will turn back to you.

14Spare my life, O God, and save me,

and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.

15Help me to speak, Lord,

and I will praise you.

16You do not want sacrifices,

or I would offer them;

you are not pleased with burnt offerings.

17My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;

you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

18O God, be kind to Zion and help her;

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices

and with our burnt offerings;

and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-search/search:psalm+51/versions:GNB/

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