Strictly come worshipping!- a sermon on David dancing before the Ark for 25 October 2015

Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5 and 2 Samuel 6
Matthew 7.21 and 24 to 27

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

CeilidhA few months from now, something strange will start to happen in the PE classes in many Scottish primary and secondary schools. As the school Christmas dance approaches, school gym halls will no longer echo to the sounds of games or fitness routines. Instead, there will be dance music, as pupils start learning- dreaded words for many of them- social dancing. Boys and girls will be lined up on both sides of the hall, and have to pair off. And the PE teachers will start to initiate the embarrassed pupils in the secrets of the St Bernard’s Waltz, the Canadian Barn Dance, the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant. Continue reading

Belonging and believing: a sermon on Ruth for 18 October 2015

Scripture Readings: Ruth 1:1-19a
Mark 3:31-35

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

Recently the vicar of St Mary’s Church in Wrexham was having a bit of a clear-out of his church cupboards. And as he did so, he made a surprising find– a virtually complete first edition of the Authorized Version of the Bible, the King James Bible, dating from 1611. The Rev Dr Jason Bray had no idea that the Bible was there- it had clearly been forgotten for centuries . The Authorized Version of the Bible was sent to churches across King James’s kingdoms, and as you probably know, our congregation has the care of a copy, which we have not forgotten about. Our copy is on display in the Old High Church, with a note pointing out a curious anomaly. Continue reading

John C E Graham – Interment of Ashes

Mr John Charles Edward Graham, 6 Artesian Road, London W2 5AP (and formerly of 22 Rangemore Road, Inverness) died at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London on 5 March 2015.

He was 83 years.

A service to inter Mr Graham’s ashes will be held on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 11.30am at Tomnahurich Cemetery.   Mourners should meet at Bruce Gardens entrance at 11.25 am.

Be grateful! A sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 4 October 2015

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 4 October 2015: Harvest Thanksgiving
SERMON
Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 26.1-11
Luke 4:1-4
Sermon
Be grateful!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I’m about to become an Interim Moderator. That’s where another minister is put in charge of the Kirk Session for a parish where they have no minister at the moment. The Rev Jan Matheson, currently minister of the linked parishes of Cawdor and Croy, is moving to a parish in Glasgow. Jan is a good colleague, and we will miss her in Inverness Presbytery. Continue reading