Sermon: Saturday 30th May

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Preached on 26th May 2020
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Acts 20:25-38

25“I have gone about among all of you, preaching the Kingdom of God. And now I know that none of you will ever see me again. 26So I solemnly declare to you this very day: if any of you should be lost, I am not responsible. 27For I have not held back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. 28So keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock which the Holy Spirit has placed in your care. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he made his own through the blood of his Son. 29I know that after I leave, fierce wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. 30The time will come when some men from your own group will tell lies to lead the believers away after them. 31Watch, then, and remember that with many tears, day and night, I taught every one of you for three years.

32“And now I commend you to the care of God and to the message of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you the blessings God has for all his people. 33I have not wanted anyone's silver or gold or clothing. 34You yourselves know that I have worked with these hands of mine to provide everything that my companions and I have needed. 35I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’ ”

36When Paul finished, he knelt down with them and prayed. 37They were all crying as they hugged him and kissed him goodbye. 38They were especially sad because he had said that they would never see him again. And so they went with him to the ship.

Singing the Faith 692

   1      Your hand, O God, has guided
        your flock, from age to age;
        the wondrous tale is written,
        full clear, on every page;
        our forebears owned your goodness,
        and we their deeds record;
        and both of this bear witness:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.

   2      Your heralds brought glad tidings
        to greatest, as to least;
        they summoned all to hasten
        and share the great King's feast;
        their gospel of redemption,
        sin pardoned, right restored,
        was all in this enfolded:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.

   3      Your mercy will not fail us,
        nor leave your work undone;
        with your right hand to help us,
        the victory shall be won;
        and then, by all creation,
        your name shall be adored,
        and this shall be our anthem:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821–1891)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 692 .

Psalm 52

God's Judgement and Grace

1Why do you boast, great one, of your evil?

God's faithfulness is eternal.

2You make plans to ruin others;

your tongue is like a sharp razor.

You are always inventing lies.

3You love evil more than good

and falsehood more than truth.

4You love to hurt people with your words, you liar!

5So God will ruin you for ever;

he will take hold of you and snatch you from your home;

he will remove you from the world of the living.

6Righteous people will see this and be afraid;

then they will laugh at you and say,

7“Look, here is someone who did not depend on God for safety,

but trusted instead in his great wealth

and looked for security in being wicked.”

8But I am like an olive tree growing in the house of God;

I trust in his constant love for ever and ever.

9I will always thank you, God, for what you have done;

in the presence of your people

I will proclaim that you are good.

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