Commemorating Jephthah’s daughter

Categories: Bible,Church,Events,Sermons,Worship

If you were unable to attend the Sunday, July 21 service or if you would like to hear the sermon and prayers again, the podcast is available here:

Rev Dr Lance Stone gave the sermon and Judi Haynes-Smart led the prayers of intercession.

As a special treat you can, in between the sermon and the prayers enjoy mezzo-soprano Margaret Richards singing Dido’s lament, “When I am laid in Earth” from the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. She’s accompanied by Richard Zook on piano.

The passage of Scripture preached on was Judges 11:29-40 (read by Tom Flanagan), as well as the following responsive reading (Phylis Trible, adapted, and read by Ingrid Sørensen):

Your daughter, O Israel, is slain!
How are the powerless fallen!
You valleys of Gilead,
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
no upsurging of the deep,
for there the innocence of this powerless
one was defiled,
the only daughter of the mighty was lifted up.
From the terror of the vow,
from the blood of the sacrifice,
this nameless child turned not back,
the courage of the daughter turned not away.

Daughter of Jephthah, beloved and lovely!
In life and in death a virgin child,
greeting her father with music and dances,
facing his foolishness with clarity and strength.
You daughters of Israel, weep for your sister,
who suffered the betrayal of her father,
who turned to you for solace and love.
How are the powerless fallen!
In the midst of the victory!

The daughter of Jephthah lies
dead upon the high places.
I weep for you, my little sister.
Very moving is your story to me;
your courage to me is wonderful,
surpassing the courage of men.
How are the powerless fallen!
A terrible sacrifice to a faithless vow!

If you want to read the sermon, you can download the manuscript here!