Last Sundays’ sermons.
Firstly from Sinclair on the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)
And then from Craig on Ezra 1:5-2:7
I also thought I would share with you something I read in The Valley of Vision this morning.
“Everlasting Creator – Father,
I have destroyed myself,
my nature is defiled,
the powers of my soul are degraded;
I am vile, miserable, strengthless,
but my hope is in you.
If ever I am saved it will be by goodness
undeserved and astonishing,
not by grace but by exceeding riches of grace;
and such you have revealed, promised, exemplified
in thoughts of peace, not of evil.
You have devised means
to rescue me from sin’s perdition,
to restore me to happiness, honour, safety.
I bless you for the everlasting covenant,
for the appointment of a Mediator.
I rejoice that he failed not, nor was discouraged,
but accomplished the work you gave him to do;
And said on the cross, “it is finished”
I exult in the thought that
your justice is satisfied,
your truth established
your law magnified,
and a foundation is laid for my hope.
I look to a present and personal interest
in Christ and say,
surely he has borne my griefs,
carried my sorrows,
won my peace,
healed my soul.
Justified by his blood I am saved by his life,
Glorying in his cross I bow to his sceptre,
Having his spirit I possess his mind.
Lord, grant that my religion may not be
occasional and partial,
but universal, influential, effective,
and may I always continue in your words
as well as your works,
so that I may reach my end in peace.”