Church of the King!- A sermon for Christ the King Sunday, 25 November 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 25 November 2012: Year B, Christ the King
SERMON
Texts: Hebrews 10.19-25
John 18.28-38a

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

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, we heard about Jesus predicting the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Recall that as they left the Temple mount, Jesus’ disciples expressed their admiration for what was, truly, one of the wonders of the world in those days. ‘Look, Teacher! What wonderful stones and buildings!’ they exclaim; but Jesus answers: ‘You see these great buildings? Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.’ And about 40 years later, it came to pass, as the Temple and the city were destroyed by the Romans after a terrible siege. Continue reading

Sermon for 18 November 2012: A new way!

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 18 November 2012: Year B, Proper 28
SERMON
Texts: Hebrews 10.19-25
Mark 13:1-8
A new way!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus speaks of ‘the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away… Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another’. We can hardly listen to today’s those words and not think of the violence which broke out this week in Israel and Palestine. Especially since Mark’s Gospel is telling us about a conversation which happened in the same region as today’s violence is taking place. Continue reading

Ding Dong Merrily Old High

DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH: Church celebrates Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on

The Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on will take place at the Town House on Sunday 18 November at 5.30pm, after which everyone is invited to follow Santa to the Old High Church for an informal, all-age carol service (starts at 6.30pm)

Known as ‘Ding Dong Merrily Old High’, this short service of carols will feature the Inverness Handbells Group and a few surprises!

The Minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, commented, ‘This is a very informal, family event. We especially hope that many children will want to come along. It’s our attempt to ensure that we celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus at the heart of all the Christmas razzmatazz! And we will be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, who do wonderful work looking after people living with cancer’.

For more information, please contact the Rev Peter W Nimmo on 01463 20 802 or peternimmo at minister.com

Click here for more information about the Christmas Lights Switch On

Honouring the ‘Ordinary’: a sermon based on Mark 12.38-44 for Remembrance Sunday

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 11 November 2012: Year B, Remembrance Sunday
SERMON
Texts: Micah 4.1-5
Mark 12:38-44
Honouring the ‘Ordinary’
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

There are two parts to today’s Gospel reading; two stories, two sets of stories about Jesus which early Church remembered, and placed together to set up a stark contrast. Neither of the stories might seem immediately relevant to our Remembrance theme, but hear me out!

Jesus is in Jerusalem, the capital city, the centre of civil and ecclesiastical power. Continue reading