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We have a gospel to proclaim, good news for all throughout the earth…….

Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice proclaims it……..

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

It seems the Hymn writers have proclaimed it all already!

Proclaim…..It’s not a word that we tend to use in our language today, but the old testament prophets did a lot a proclaiming.

Here’s Isaiah.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name, make known among the nations what he has done,

and proclaim that his name is exalted………

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

And Zechariah

Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed:

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ 

And the psalmists were big proclaimers too.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

I will proclaim your greatness, my God and king; I will thank you for ever and ever.

And then there were The Proclaimers themselves, the Reid brothers from Leith.

Who can blame the Proclaimers for sounding particularly fervent?  They admit their soulful yearnings are God-inspired. 

Lord, they proclaim, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
Lord I want to love everybody in my heart.

The less I believe in me, the more I believe in thee.

You make my soul rise up, you make my eyes to see
When I place my faith in you, and I lose my belief in me.

The psalmists, the Prophets the Hymn writers of old and the Song Writers of our age,

they’re all People of Passion with Good News to Proclaim.

Which is that God loves us, and that love has been revealed in Jesus of Nazareth who himself proclaims:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free.

Amen

Alison Wallbank

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