Sermon: Tuesday 9th June

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Preached on 8th June 2020
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Exodus 3:1-15


1One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. 2There the angel of the LORD appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. 3“This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn't the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”

4When the LORD saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”

He answered, “Yes, here I am.”

5God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. 6I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7Then the LORD said, “I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave-drivers. I know all about their sufferings, 8and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites now live. 9I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”

11But Moses said to God, “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12God answered, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.”

13But Moses replied, “When I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ So what can I tell them?”

14God said, “I am who I am. This is what you must say to them: ‘The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.’ 15Tell the Israelites that I, the LORD, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have sent you to them. This is my name for ever; this is what all future generations are to call me.

Singing the Faith 14

   1      Sing to him in whom creation
        found its shape and origin;
        Spirit, moving on the waters
        troubled by the God within;
        source of breath to all things breathing,
        life in whom all lives begin.

   2      Sing to God, the close companion
        of our inmost thoughts and ways;
        who, in showing us his wonders,
        is himself the power to gaze,
        and his will, to those who listen,
        by a still small voice conveys.

   3      Holy people, priests and prophets
        caught his accents, spoke his word;
        his the truth behind the wisdoms
        which as yet know not our Lord;
        he the love of God eternal,
        which in Christ was seen and heard.

   4      Tell of how the ascended Jesus
        armed a people for his own;
        how a hundred men and women
        turned the known world upside down,
        to its dark and farthest corners
        by the wind of Whitsun blown.

   5      Pray we, then, O Lord the Spirit,
        on our lives descend in might;
        let your flame break out within us,
        fire our hearts and clear our sight,
        till, white-hot in your possession,
        we, too, set the world alight.

   6      Praise, O praise the Holy Spirit,
        praise the Father, praise the Word,
        source, and truth, and inspiration,
        Trinity in deep accord;
        through your voice which speaks within us
        we your creatures own you Lord.

Michael Hewlett (1916–2000)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 14
Words: © Michael Hewlett / Oxford University Press.  From English Praise, 1975, Oxford University Press.  Reproduced by permission.  All rights reserved.


Psalm 29


1Praise the LORD, you heavenly beings;

praise his glory and power.

2Praise the LORD's glorious name;

bow down before the Holy One when he appears.

3The voice of the LORD is heard on the seas;

the glorious God thunders,

and his voice echoes over the ocean.

4The voice of the LORD is heard

in all its might and majesty.

5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,

even the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes the mountains of Lebanon jump like calves

and makes Mount Hermon leap like a young bull.

7The voice of the LORD makes the lightning flash.

8His voice makes the desert shake;

he shakes the desert of Kadesh.

9The LORD's voice shakes the oaks

and strips the leaves from the trees

while everyone in his Temple shouts, “Glory to God!”

10The LORD rules over the deep waters;

he rules as king for ever.

11The LORD gives strength to his people

and blesses them with peace.

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