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