Ordinary people, fantastic events: sermon for 8 February 2013

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Narrative Lectionary)

SERMON
Text: Matthew 14.13-33

Discipleship in the fast lane
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

What I like about the Gospels is that they are very realistic. That might seem a strange thing to say, when we have just heard stories of miraculous feeding and walking on water. The miraculous and unlikely is certainly part of the Gospels. But there are also realistic- the things people do, even in extraordinary situation, the way they react, is often very true to life. People appear in the Gospels warts and all. That’s especially true of Jesus’ disciples, who come across, not as plaster saints, but as very fallible human beings, who often make mistakes and constantly misunderstand their master. Continue reading

Enough food for everyone? Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 12 May 2013

During this service, we texted prayers for Christian Aid Week. See prayers from around the UK and Ireland here.

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 12 May 2013: Year C, Christian Aid Sunday

SERMON
Texts: 1 Kings 17:8-16
John 6:1-14

Enough food for everyone?
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Most of us here are probably familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. But we are probably less familiar with the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Continue reading