Rise and shine! Easter Sunday sermon, 2016

Scripture Readings: John 20:1-18

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Rise and shine!

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

In a world in which churchgoing is no longer de rigeur, many people have very little knowledge of the meaning of even basic Christian festivals such as Easter. School assemblies, therefore, the church a chance to talk about what our festivals are really about, to young people who may well not be very aware of their meaning.

On Thursday, I led an Easter Assembly for third and fourth year pupils at Inverness Royal Academy. I’d been asked to do so at the last minute- their usual chaplain was off sick- and so I elected just to tell the story of Easter, and attempt to explain why it was important to Christians. Assuming, as I always do, that the children in front of me had very little idea of Easter, beyond that it is a kind of spring festival with chocolate eggs.

One of the key things we have to try to understand in the story of Jesus’ death and crucifixion is the question, ‘How did it come to this?’ Continue reading

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Click on the graphic for our Holy Week and Easter leaflet

HOLY WEEK services will be at 7pm, Monday to Wednesday at Crown Church.

There will be a Communion Service at Crown for Maundy Thursday, service at 7pm, with a meal starting at 6.15pm, at Crown Church, to which everyone is welcome.

We will host an ecumenical Good Friday service at 7pm at St Stephen’s. This will be a meditative service, featuring music from our choir.

EASTER SUNDAY service at St Stephen’s starting in the garden, 10am. Old High service at 11.15am.

CAMERON HOUSE EASTER PRAISE Join us on Easter Sunday at 3pm for worship with the residents of Cameron House, led by Peter, who is the chaplain to the home. All welcome.

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

Faithful Thomas! A sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 27 April 2014: Year A, The Second Sunday of Easter

SERMON
Texts: 1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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

This week there was controversy as the Prime Minister suggested that we shouldn’t be chary of calling Britain a ‘Christian country’. Perhaps once that wouldn’t have been such a controversial idea- but it seemed to worry some people, who felt moved to write to the papers decrying the idea. Continue reading

Sermon for Easter Day 2014: I have seen the Lord

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 April 2014: Year A, Easter Day

SERMON
Texts: John 20:1-18
Acts 10:34-43

“I have seen the Lord”
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In our very materialist world, it is a cliché that ‘seeing is believing’. We kid ourselves that we get to know things by seeing them. For a long time, science worked that way- you did an experiment, and if you could see what happened, then you had discovered a new scientific truth. In fact a lot of science involves things we can never see- like tiny particles, or planets which no telescope could ever see- but that doesn’t mean that the tiny particles or distant planets don’t exist. Scientists can work out that they are there, without every actually seeing them. 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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All one! A sermon for 14 April 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 14 April 2013: Year C, The Third Sunday of Easter

SERMON
Texts: Galatians 3.23-29
John 20.1-18

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

Easter is not just one Sunday of the year. For there is a sense that every Sunday, for Christians, is the day of Resurrection. We know from the Gospel accounts that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and that after being buried he lay in the grave over the Jewish Sabbath (our Saturday). On the third day, after the Sabbath, he rose again. And that’s why, at a very early stage, the followers of Jesus began to meet for worship, not on the Sabbath, but the day after- the day of resurrection, our Sunday- which the early Christians called ‘The Lord’s Day’. Every Sunday is Easter Sunday. Continue reading

For this life only…?: Sermon for Easter Sunday 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 31 March 2013: Year C, Easter Day
SERMON

Texts: 1 Corinthians 15.19-26
Luke 24:1-12

(from the Revised English Bible)

For this life only…?

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

Sometimes it’s suggested that Christianity is being marginalised today. No longer are the children’s swings in the public parks of Inverness no longer chained up on Sundays (so it isn’t all bad!). And it isn’t bad if Christianity is no longer being used to prop up the establishment. For Christianity began when a man who had been seen as a threat to the establishment was put to death for being a troublemaker. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 17 March 2013

Worship This Week
Tonight
7pm Short Act of Worship for Lent, St Stephen’s
Wednesday 20 March
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s
Sunday 24 March
10.00am All-Age Congregational Service with the Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s NB New time for Congregational Service: no service at the Old High. Followed by annual meeting
7pm Short Act of Worship for Lent, St Stephen’s Continue reading