Best of all! A sermon on 1 Corinthians 13 for 3 February 2013

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Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 3 February 2013: Year C, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

SERMON
Text: 1 Corinthians 12.31-13.13

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

Today I want to talk about ‘love’, which is a word we use quite a lot in Church. And it’s a word we use quite a lot outside of Church as well. And the confusions comes because it’s a word which has a lot of different meanings. Hearing the words ‘love’ sung in a hymn in Church probably won’t cause any offence. But the word ‘love’ in the words of a pop song is quite often just a euphemism for sexual intercourse. If we talk about love, we need to know what kind of love we are talking about. Continue reading

All in good time…? A sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, 20 January 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 January 2013: Year C, Second Sunday after the Epiphany

SERMON

Text: John 2:1-11 (Revised English Bible)- see end of the sermon

All in good time…?

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

We preachers are worriers. We worry about what we’re going to say to you every Sunday. It’s our job to worry- on your behalf- about the Bible readings. All this week, I’ve especially been worrying about verse 4 and verse 5 of today’s Gospel reading. Or rather, not so much those verses, as what is in between them. Because there is nothing in between them. And that’s what’s been worrying me. Because you get verse 4, and right after it comes verse 5, with nothing in between. And I think there should be something in between, and that’s what’s been worrying me. 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

Sermon for 19 August 2012: Wisdom for the Church

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 19 August 2012: Year B, Proper 15

SERMON
Texts: Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:48-58

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

Every day in life, we make decisions. This is what sets us aside from the animals. Human beings are blessed- or cursed?- with the freedom to choose. Continue reading

Sermon for 12 August 2012: Taste and See

 Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness: Sunday 12 August 2012: Year B, Proper 13

SERMON

Texts: Psalm 34:1-8; John 6:35, 41-51 (NRSV)

Taste and see

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

Just before we left New York, at the airport, I went for something to eat. At the food court, a nice lady with a tray asked me if I’d like to try a nibble of the product they were selling at the nearby fast food counter. I was ready to take some when I noticed that it was a sushi bar. Continue reading

Future Focus: Sermon by Steve Aisthorpe, Mission Development Worker, Sunday 5 August 2012

Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland

Sermon for 5 August 2012

Preacher: Steve Aisthorpe, Mission Development Worker for the Church of Scotland

Texts: Nehemiah 1:1-4; 3:1-5; 6:15-16

John 20:19-22

Note: Steve Aisthorpe will be leading Old High St Stephen’s Congregation in a process called ‘Future Focus’ over the coming months. We will be asking as many people as possible from the congregation to help us seek out the path we should be taking as a congregation in the coming years. Look out for information about the dates of the Future Focus meetings on this website in the next few weeks. Continue reading