Sunday 14th June 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN 1175 Thine arm, O Lord

1Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old

Was strong to heal and save;

It triumphed o’er disease and death,

O’er darkness and the grave.

To Thee they went, the blind, the dumb,

The palsied and the lame,

The leper with his tainted life,

The sick with fevered frame;

2And lo! Thy touch brought life and health,

Gave speech, and strength, and sight;

And youth renewed and frenzy calmed

Owned Thee, the Lord of light.

And now, O Lord, be near to bless,

Almighty as of yore,

In crowded street, by restless couch,

As by Gennesaret’s shore.

3Be Thou our great deliverer still,

Thou Lord of life and death;

Restore and quicken, soothe and bless,

With Thine almighty breath:

To hands that work and eyes that see

Give wisdom’s heavenly lore,

That whole and sick, and weak and strong,

May praise Thee evermore.

PRAYER

READINGMATTHEW 8:1-17

8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’

The faith of the centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralysed, suffering terribly.’

7 Jesus said to him, ‘Shall I come and heal him?’

8 The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, “Go,” and he goes; and that one, “Come,” and he comes. I say to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.’

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus heals many

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

‘He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.’

SERMONLeper & Centurion & Peter’s mother-in-law & many others.

Large crowds followed Jesus – but

JN 6:66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

We have here 3 identified healings in Jesus’ ministry:

First there is the Leper – “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean

Secondly there is the Centurion’s servant. “Lord, I don’t deserve … but say the word and my servant will be healed

Thirdly there is Peter’s mother-in-law – although there is no request here; just Jesus’ observant eye.

Then there are other sick and demon possessed people who are made well by Jesus. Quite a catalogue of healing!

All different. Why did Jesus do all this? Isaiah 53:4

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,

Jesus was demonstrating that He was the Servant of the Lord – but MORE – He would be the SUFFERING SERVANT (Is.53)

The centurion’s faith was that the recognised that Jesus’ authority came from Almighty God.

This little incident also allows Jesus to say something about the fact that heaven would be open to every race of humans.

Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law simply demonstrates His authority – her instant cure is no ordinary medical phenomenon.

That night Jesus power was demonstrated further as he healed many people of physical and spiritual sickness.

And all to show people that He was this Suffering Servant.

Next Sunday we will come to the Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the one thing which should be uppermost in our minds as we prepare for that celebration, is the extent of God’s love towards us sinners.

PRAYER

HYMN. 187. 12584. 12009.From heaven You came

1From heaven you came, helpless babe,

entered our world, your glory veiled;

not to be served but to serve,

and give Your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow Him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.

2There in the garden of tears,

my heavy load he chose to bear;

his heart with sorrow was torn,

‘Yet not My will but Yours,’ He said.

This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow Him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.

3Come see His hands and His feet,

the scars that speak of sacrifice;

hands that flung stars into space

to cruel nails surrendered.

This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow Him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.

4So let us learn how to serve,

and in our lives enthrone Him;

each other’s needs to prefer,

for it is Christ we’re serving.

This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow Him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.

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