Sermon for the Sunday after the Ascension 2012: Power at work!

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 May 2012: Year B, Sunday after the Ascension
SERMON
Texts: Acts 1: 1-11
Ephesians 1:15-23
Power at work!

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

One thing I love about the New Testament letters- the Epistles- is that they are actually real letters. They are written in answer to real questions, asked by real people, about real situations. Continue reading

Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday: 13 May 2012: Love for a change

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 13 May 2012: Year B, The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Christian Aid Sunday
SERMON
Texts: Acts 10:44-48
John 15:9-17
Love for a change

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

It’s a startling fact that one billion people around the world will go hungry tonight. I think that’s a scandal, an outrage. And it’s hard to believe that much of the violence and hatreds we see around us today are the result of the fact that so many people live in such extreme poverty- or that they fear they might have to live in such poverty. And when so many millions are starving or suffering, how can we speak today of love? Continue reading

Remaining… Sermon for 6 May 2012, the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 6 May 2012: Year B, Fifth Sunday of Easter

SERMON
Texts: Acts 8:26-40

1st Letter of John 4:7-21

John 15:1-8

Remaining…

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

For many people, the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is one of their favourites in the Bible. For it is the story the beginnings of the amazing movement which in a few short years swept across the Mediterranean world just after the crucifixion of Christ. For, of course, at Easter, some friends of Jesus had become convinced that he was not dead after all. Continue reading