Food and drink- for life!: A sermon for Communion, 30 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 30 September 2012: Year B,

SERMON
Texts: Mark 14.22-26
John 6.53-69

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

In India, people don’t just ride in trains- they ride on top of them, too. There is a scene in the film Ghandi in which a Christian missionary, a friend of Ghandi’s, is- unusually for a Westerner- riding on top of a train. So he finds himself in conversation with a Hindu, who is very suspicious of this Christian. He can’t understand Christianity, for are not Christians the people who eat their God? Continue reading

Sermon for 16 September 2012: A time for silence and a time for talk

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 16 September 2012: Year B, Proper 19

SERMON
Texts: James 3:1-12
Mark 8:22-30

A time for silence and a time for talk

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

The book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament contains the words of a philosopher who advises us that there is ‘the time for silence and the time for talk’ (Ecclesiastes 3.7). But knowing when to speak, and when to remain silent, is something we seem to find harder and harder. Some people seem surrounded by talk all the time- the TV is on in the house all day, and when they are not talking on their mobile, they are texting or emailing. But others, perhaps, have too much silence. There are too many people- many older people, for example- who spend their days alone, with no-one to talk to. Continue reading

Christian Aid: Tax Bus and March for Justice

CHRISTIAN AID: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Two exciting threads are coming together in Inverness in early October, each with a strong message of justice. These are the Inverness March for Justice and a visit from the Christian Aid Tax Bus.

TAX BUS part of the Tax Justice Tour by a red double-decker bus to highlight how developing countries lose $160bn every year due to tax avoidance. Open meeting at Inshes Church, Thursday 4 October, 7pm.

Christian Aid is currently campaigning for international tax justice, exposing the injustice of multinationals shifting money around the world in order to avoid paying tax to the poorest countries whose resources they are exploiting.  Christian Aid believes that tax dodging costs poorer countries $160bn a year – money that could be spent on hospitals, schools and roads – and that greater financial transparency is key to ensuring that poor countries receive the tax revenue they are due.

To highlight this, Christian Aid is organising a Tax Bus Tour around the UK and Ireland, including Inverness.  There will be an information meeting, open to all, with talks and films, a time for questions and answers, refreshments – and of course the Tax Bus itself. This meeting will take place in Inshes Church (near the Inshes Tesco) at 7:30pm on Thursday 4 October. There is plenty of parking nearby.

Watch the tax bus video here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/taxbus

CIRCLE THE CITY CHURCHES MARCH FOR JUSTICE

Jan Satyagraha: 'Fight against hunger’ March for Justice: a unique walk for all ages, featuring exhibitions at city churches highlighting land rights issues in India.

Saturday 6 October. Start at St Stephen’s, Southside Road, at 11.30am.

The Inverness March for Justice mirrors similar marches across the UK, all in support of a massive march from all corners of India to petition the government in New Delhi, demanding rights to the land that the people live on. They cannot make a decent living from the land due to the restrictions imposed by absent landowners.  To this day, the Highlands of Scotland have faced very similar issues. Our march will be a walk from church to church in the centre of Inverness.  At each church we will have a stage of an exhibition about the issues, with refreshments as well. If you can’t or don’t want to complete the whole route, just take in those stages that you feel able to do. We want people of all ages and abilities, including families with children, to take part. We want YOU!

The March will take place on Saturday 6th October, in groups of ten to fifteen, starting at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 11:30am and finishing at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, with stops at six churches along the way. Very limited parking at St Stephens Church but parking available at Crown Primary School next to Crown Church.

Follow the journey in India here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/events/walking/march-for-justice.aspx

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Sermon for the Kirking of the Council: 9 September 2012

Click here for photos of the 2012 Kirking of the Council

Call to scrap the Kirking:

click here to read report in the Inverness Courier, 18 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 9 September 2012: Year B, The Kirking of the Council

SERMON
Texts: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Mark 7.24-37
The God of the outsiders
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week I read an article by Ben Withnall, Head of Media at the Bible Society in England. Responding to press coverage of a legal case in the news, he reminded his readers that there is nothing at all in the Bible about whether or not Christians ought to wear a cross. He comments, ‘That’s not because the Bible has nothing to say in the debate, it’s just that it doesn’t ask the questions in the same way’. Continue reading

Faith for the Future: Sermon for 2 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 2 September 2012: Year B, Proper 17

SERMON
Texts: James 1:17-27
Mark 7.1-8

Faith for the Future

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

The word ‘Pharisee’ is a word which, for us, seems to sum up the worst about religion. My dictionary says that a person referred to today as a Pharisee is ‘anyone more careful of the outward forms than of the spirit of a religion, a formalist [or] a very self-righteous or hypocritical person’. The adjective ‘pharisaic’ means ‘hypocritical’ (Chambers Dictionary 1998). So the Pharisees have a got a bad name. Continue reading