Patience and welcome: a sermon for 3 March 2013 (Lent 3)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 3 March 2013: Year C, The Third Sunday in Lent

SERMON
Texts: Isaiah 55:1-9
Luke 13.1-9

Patience and welcome

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

‘What have I done to deserve this?’- words I’m sure we have all cried at some point in our lives. Yet most people when they say that today don’t really mean it. Most people don’t believe that there is a God who will punish us for doing wrong. But as people are more aware today of other religions, the idea is creeping back. You hear people say, ‘Don’t do that, that’s bad karma’, which is a word folks have picked up from Buddhism and which they probably don’t really understand. It’s a kind of half belief in a malevolent fate which brings bad things in it’s wake for those who do wrong. But few are really quaking in terror at the thought that there might be divine punishment for being bad.

But alongside ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ there is another question which we like to ask, one which perhaps we’ve been asking a lot recently. Not, What have I done to deserve this?’ but ‘What has he done to deserve this?’. We all seem to find the news more entertaining when we people are caught out, when people apparently get what we think they deserve. Whether it’s a Catholic Cardinal or an hitherto obscure Liberal Democrat politician, or an Olympic athlete who’d previously been a national hero- whoever it is, when we hear about someone in public life getting their comeuppance, many of us are hooked. Continue reading

Prayers for Christian Unity Week: 23 January

Christian Unity 2013The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18- 25 January.

You are invited to a brief service of prayers, using materials produced for the Week of Prayer, at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 12.30pm this Wednesday, 23 January.

Bring a packed lunch for afterwards, if you like- tea and coffee will be provided!

For more on the Week of Prayer, please see the web page of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

For more information please contact the Minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo (01463 250 802; peternimmo@minister.com).