Look at it this way… a sermon for 28 October 2012 (Communion Service at the Old High Church)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 28 October 2012: Year B, Proper 25

SERMON
Texts: Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

Look at it this way…

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

In our Reformed brand of Christianity, there’s always been a certain suspicion of the visual arts. All our stained glass has only been put in the last hundred years or so, and we are not keen on statutes in our church buildings (although we have some wonderful decorative carvings in this building). We are children of Calvin and Knox, and we recall the Second of God’s commandments to Moses- no graven images! And so our worship has little place for images- it is mostly Word, although today we have bread and wine on the table, which almost like a visual aid- tangible things to remind us of the Gospel (which is what the Orthodox say their icons are for). Continue reading

Gratitude and humility: Sermon for 21 October 2012 by Peter W Nimmo

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 21 October 2012 : Year B, Proper 24

SERMON
Texts: Job 38.1-15
Mark 10:35-45
Gratitude and humility

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

A politician was once heard to remark, ‘One must not be a name-dropper, as Her Majesty remarked to me yesterday’ (Penguin Dictionary of Jokes, 198.1). Continue reading

Is there anyone else there? A sermon for 14 October 2012 by Iain Todd

Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland

14 October 2012: Sermon

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THERE ?: Iain Todd

Text: Job 23:1-9, 16-17

 Anthony De Mello, a thought provoking theologian and writer once told the story of the man who was walking close to the edge of a cliff when he lost his footing, slipped and fell. Fortunately for him his fall was broken when he became ensnared in a tree. He hung there for some time shouting for help before calling out ‘God help me’. He then heard this voice saying ‘Let go – I will catch you.’ Repeat – The man thought about it for a moment and then called out again – ‘Is there anyone else up there?’ Continue reading

Healing for all?: sermon for 27 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 7 October 2012
based on 27 September 2009- Proper 21

SERMON
Texts: James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-41

Healing for all?
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

A few weeks ago, when there was some controversy about the Kirking of the Council, many of those who wrote to our local papers about it- and many who spoke to me- said that one of the great things about the Kirking, as it has now developed, was an important event in the life of our community. For we need events which strengthen the ties among us, which foster a sense of community. For human beings are social animals- we need to feel we belong somewhere. We need to belong to groups, communities, tribes, teams. Continue reading