Sermon for 6 September 2015 Companions- or enemies? How we spoil Eden

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:4b-25 (Narrative Lectionary reading for Pentecost 16)
Mark 10.13-16

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

The Book of Genesis offers two stories about the creation of the world. This morning we have hear the start of the second one, the version which is about man and woman being created in the Garden of Eden. The trick with reading these stories is not to see them as accounts from ancient history, but stories about today. Adam- Adam is everyman, Eve is everywoman. Adam and Eve are me and you. This is a story about all of us. Continue reading

Everything’s changed! Sermon for Easter Sunday 2015

Texts: John 20.1-18

Acts 10:34-43

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

The day after the Sabbath, two days after his execution, disciples of Jesus come to his tomb. Now, when I say disciples, you probably think I mean some of the inner twelve (or eleven, if you take Judas Iscariot out of it)- those men who are often the ones whom the Church has honoured with statues and stained glass windows.

But the four Gospels are unanimous it saying that it was women who were the first witnesses to the resurrection. Continue reading

Sermon for Palm Sunday 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 13 April 2014: Year A, Palm and Passion Sunday

SERMON
Texts: Matthew 21:1-11
Matthew 27:11-56

Obedient to death

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

Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Fresco in the Parish Church of Zirl, Austria. Wikipedia

We have heard a lot of scripture today. We have heard the stories that stand at the beginning and the end of Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. He have heard of how he was welcomed as a king, but ended up on a cross- the great reversal of fortune that lies at the heart of the drama of Holy Week.

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Prayers for the Dedication of the Old High Tower Cross

The new tower cross for the Old High Church is carefully fitted into position. Courtesy K2 Specialist Services

The new tower cross for the Old High Church is carefully fitted into position. Courtesy K2 Specialist Services

These words were used at the dedication for the Tower Cross at the Old High Church on Monday 3 February 2013.

Scripture sentences

We proclaim Christ crucified…
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom,
and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 23a.24b.25 Continue reading

Dedication of tower cross at the Old High Church

The new Celtic cross atop the Old High Church is gently placed in position. Image courtesy of K2 Specialist Services Ltd.

Open-air dedication service open to the press and public: Monday 4 February 2pm, Old High Churchyard, Church Street, Inverness

Click here to read the prayers used at the Service of Dedication of the Tower Cross.

A new cross has appeared above Inverness as repairs to the tower of the Old High Church nears completion.

The cross, given by an anonymous donor, will replace the weathervane which previously crowned the top of the tower of the oldest church in Inverness. Continue reading