Sunday, 6th June 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN I heard the voice of Jesus say

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

‘Come unto Me and rest;

Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,

Thy head upon My breast.’

I came to Jesus as I was,

So weary, worn, and sad;

I found in Him a resting-place,

And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

‘Behold, I freely give

The living water; thirsty one,

Stoop down and drink and live.’

I came to Jesus, and I drank

Of that life-giving stream.

My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

‘I am this dark world’s Light.

Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise

And all thy day be bright.’

I looked to Jesus, and I found

In Him my Star, my Sun;

And in that Light of Life I’ll walk

Till traveling days are done.

Vocals: Wendy Ritchie.

Horatius Bonar/adpt. & arr. Ralph Vaughn Williams.

PRAYER

READING Matthew 20:29-34

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

SERMON Two Blind Men

The Passover Feast is imminent. Jesus and a band of pilgrims are on their way to celebrate it. They have come as far as Jericho and are stopped by two blind men.

Theses two men had never seen Jesus, but they had good ears and they believed that Jesus was the answer to all their needs.

They shout out “LORD, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Imagine the feelings of those pilgrims …

But Jesus heard their cries – and more than that, He heard what they called Him! LORD – and then Son of David -God’s Messiah.

Don’t pay too much attention to how someone looks.

These two blind men didn’t lookmuch at all. No money – probably scruffy – unshaven – most people wouldn’t have given them a second glance.

BUT… these two chaps might actually have given the crowd the idea that Jesus could be the Messiah! (More of that in a couple of weeks time, on Communion Sunday)

Jesus stopped and called the two men. He recognised that they had a living faith – but we need to see that He also had compassion – JESUS CARES.

Now – Jesus wants them to be more specific in their faith.

He asks what it is they really want.

What would be your reply? If you had a genie to grant your wish – what would it be?

It wasn’t money – or recognition (not least from the hostile crowds who were menacing the two men at this moment) – but the thing they needed most – was their sight – and Jesus touched their eyes – and from that moment on they followed Jesus.

We ALL need to see that Jesus is actually full of compassion.

God is looking in our lives for the same persistence that these men had.

When we come to Jesus, we should not come with a shopping list – we should have one simple request “Have Mercy On Me”.

It is so simple – but don’t miss it because of its simplicity – BELIEVE IT and believe that Jesus can save you for eternity!

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The very first sight to enter these blind eyes was the sight of their Saviour – Jesus – the Son of God.

The exact same thing can happen to you tonight – God can open your eyes – and the first thing you will see is your Saviour – He will open your eyes to see Jesus in every area of your life.

Will you remain blind all your life – or will you come to Jesus and have your eyes opened? Do you not want to see?

PRAYER

Hymn Open my eyes that I may see

1 Open my eyes that I may see

glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;

place in my hands the wonderful key

that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for thee,

ready, my God, thy will to see

open my eyes, illumine me,

Spirit divine!

2 Open my ears that I may hear

voices of truth thou sendest clear;

and while the wave-notes fall on my ear,

everything false will disappear.

Refrain

3 Open my mouth and let me bear

gladly the warm everywhere;

open my heart and let me prepare

love with thy children thus to share.

Refrain

Clara H Scott (1841-1897) and Frederick P Morris

Benediction

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