Faith in Conflict: as sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, 21 February 2015

Texts: Philippians 3:17-4:4

Luke 13:31-35

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

The Pharisees, generally speaking, get a bad name in the New Testament. Again and again, we hear of Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees. Perhaps it was because that in some ways, they were quite alike. Both Jesus and the Pharisees called people to stick to God’s ways in a world dominated by the pagan rulers of Rome. 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

The fragrance of love: a sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 17 March 2013: Year C, Fifth Sunday of Lent

SERMON
Texts: Isaiah 43:16-21
John 12:1-8

The fragrance of love

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

Of all the senses, perhaps the sense of smell is the most mysterious. You can walk into a house full of old-fashioned furniture and the smell of polish takes you back to your granny’s. And we’ve spoken to the children about the smell of romance- smelly stuff is big business. In the Eastgate Centre, Boot’s and Debenham’s have what seems like acres of floor space devoted to perfume and deodorant. Smells affect us in strange ways. Continue reading

Doubts and Temptations: a sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 17 December 2013: Year C, The First Sunday in Lent

SERMON
Texts: Romans 10:9-13
Luke 4:1-13

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

There’s horse meat in our food where there’s meant to be beef. A very traditionalist Pope defies tradition and resigns. And a meteor falls from the sky and injures hundreds of people. The news recently has been a bit unbelievable. And they say the Bible is full of strange stories?

Last Sunday, the last before Lent begins, we heard the strange story about Jesus turning shiny and meeting long-dead prophets. Today we are faced with the equally strange story of his temptation by the devil Continue reading