Sermon: Monday 8th June

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Preached on 8th June 2020
(Trinity)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

 

 

Genesis 18:1-15

 

A Son is Promised to Abraham

1The LORD appeared to Abraham at the sacred trees of Mamre. As Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day, 2he looked up and saw three men standing there. As soon as he saw them, he ran out to meet them. Bowing down with his face touching the ground, 3he said, “Sirs, please do not pass by my home without stopping; I am here to serve you. 4Let me bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree. 5I will also bring a bit of food; it will give you strength to continue your journey. You have honoured me by coming to my home, so let me serve you.”

They replied, “Thank you; we accept.”

6Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick, take a sack of your best flour, and bake some bread.” 7Then he ran to the herd and picked out a calf that was tender and fat, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to get it ready. 8He took some cream, some milk, and the meat, and set the food before the men. There under the tree he served them himself, and they ate.

9Then they asked him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”

“She is there in the tent,” he answered.

10One of them said, “Nine months from now I will come back, and your wife Sarah will have a son.”

Sarah was behind him, at the door of the tent, listening. 11Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah had stopped having her monthly periods. 12So Sarah laughed to herself and said, “Now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too.”

13Then the LORD asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Can I really have a child when I am so old?’ 14Is anything too hard for the LORD? As I said, nine months from now I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

15Because Sarah was afraid, she denied it. “I didn't laugh,” she said.

“Yes, you did,” he replied. “You laughed.” 

 

Singing the Faith 7

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Psalm 112

1Praise the LORD!

Happy is the person who honours the LORD,

who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.

2The good man's children will be powerful in the land;

his descendants will be blessed.

3His family will be wealthy and rich,

and he will be prosperous for ever.

4Light shines in the darkness for good people,

for those who are merciful, kind, and just.

5Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,

who runs his business honestly.

6A good person will never fail;

he will always be remembered.

7He is not afraid of receiving bad news;

his faith is strong, and he trusts in the LORD.

8He is not worried or afraid;

he is certain to see his enemies defeated.

9He gives generously to the needy,

and his kindness never fails;

he will be powerful and respected.

10The wicked see this and are angry;

they glare in hate and disappear;

their hopes are gone for ever.

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