Sermon: Wednesday 10th June

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Preached on 8th June 2020
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Isaiah 6:1-8

God Calls Isaiah to be a Prophet

1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2Round him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. 3They were calling out to each other:

“Holy, holy, holy!

The LORD Almighty is holy!

His glory fills the world.”

4The sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple shake, and the Temple itself was filled with smoke.

5I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes, I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!”

6Then one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, “This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.”

8Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?”

I answered, “I will go! Send me!”

Singing the Faith 3

  1. Eternal God, your love's tremendous glory
    cascades through life in overflowing grace,
    to tell creation's meaning in the story
    of love evolving love from time and space.
  2. Eternal Son of God, uniquely precious,
    in you, deserted, scorned and crucified,
    God's love has fathomed sin and death's deep darkness,
    and flawed humanity is glorified.
  3. Eternal Spirit, with us like a mother,
    embracing us in love serene and pure:
    you nurture strength to follow Christ our brother,
    as full-grown children, confident and sure.
  4. Love's trinity, self-perfect, self-sustaining;
    love which commands, enables and obeys:
    you give yourself, in boundless joy, creating
    one vast increasing harmony of praise.
  5. We ask you now, complete your image in us;
    this love of yours, our source and guide and goal.
    May love in us, seek love and serve love's purpose,
    till we ascend with Christ and find love whole.

Alan Gaunt (b.1935)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 3
Words: © 1991, Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ  <>


Psalm 73

Book Three

The Justice of God

1God is indeed good to Israel,

to those who have pure hearts.

2But I had nearly lost confidence;

my faith was almost gone

3because I was jealous of the proud

when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

4They do not suffer pain;

they are strong and healthy.

5They do not suffer as other people do;

they do not have the troubles that others have.

6And so they wear pride like a necklace

and violence like a robe;

7their hearts pour out evil,

and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.

8They laugh at other people and speak of evil things;

they are proud and make plans to oppress others.

9They speak evil of God in heaven

and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,

10so that even God's people turn to them

and eagerly believe whatever they say.

11They say, “God will not know;

the Most High will not find out.”

12That is what the wicked are like.

They have plenty and are always getting more.

13Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure

and have not committed sin?

14O God, you have made me suffer all day long;

every morning you have punished me.

15If I had said such things,

I would not be acting as one of your people.

16I tried to think this problem through,

but it was too difficult for me

17until I went into your Temple.

Then I understood what will happen to the wicked.

18You will put them in slippery places

and make them fall to destruction!

19They are instantly destroyed;

they go down to a horrible end.

20They are like a dream that goes away in the morning;

when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear.

21When my thoughts were bitter

and my feelings were hurt,

22I was as stupid as an animal;

I did not understand you.

23Yet I always stay close to you,

and you hold me by the hand.

24You guide me with your instruction

and at the end you will receive me with honour.

25What else have I in heaven but you?

Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?

26My mind and my body may grow weak,

but God is my strength;

he is all I ever need.

27Those who abandon you will certainly perish;

you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.

28But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,

to find protection with the Sovereign LORD

and to proclaim all that he has done!

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