Cherish the light! Sermon for The Kirking of the Council, 10 September 2017

Order of service

Scripture Readings: Philippians 4.4-9

Matthew 5.1-16

Cherish the light

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

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong. Photo credit: NASA, via Wikpedia

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong. Photo credit: NASA, via Wikipedia

On the 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin approached the surface of the moon in their fragile Lunar Module, the Eagle. It was a fraught descent. Aldrin was calling out computer data to Armstrong as they approached, but the computer played up- and only cool heads meant that the landing was not abandoned. And as he approached the surface, Armstrong spotted that their landing site was strewn with boulders the size of small cars. In his attempt to find a clear site to land, Armstrong almost used up all his fuel reserves, which would have meant that they could not return home, or crashed among the boulders.

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Life with Christ: sermon for 31 July 2016

Scripture Readings:

Colossians 3: 1-11

Luke 12: 13-21

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

Since I have been on holiday, the news seems to be dominated with stories of sudden, unexpected deaths. Shootings, stabbings, an attempted in kidnaping in England, even driving a truck into a crowd- terrorism has been seen in many forms in Europe in recent weeks, and it is unsettling for us. Continue reading

Sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 10 November 2013: Year C, Remembrance Sunday
SERMON
Texts: Micah 4.1-5
Luke 1.67-80
Remembrance and hope

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

Our church buildings, like many church buildings, are full of memorials. At our evening service at St Stephen’s last Sunday, during a quiet moment, I noticed that the stained glass in the chancel was gifted by a Royal Artillery officer. We have memorials to those who died in the World Wars of the twentieth centuries in both of our buildings.  Continue reading

How to be a saint- Sermon for All Saints Sunday, 3 November 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 3 November 2013: Year C, All Saints’ Sunday

SERMON
Texts: Ephesians 1.11-23
Luke 6:20-31 (Readings from NRSV)

How to be a saint

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

Would you like to be a saint? In the our Reformed tradition within Christianity, there is no process to make ‘special’ saints. The Roman Catholic Church, of course, has a legalistic process to create saints. Continue reading

A politician’s dilemma: sermon for the Kirking of the Council 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 8 September 2013: The Kirking of the Council

SERMON

Texts: John 18.28-19.16a (NRSV)

A politician’s dilemma

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

You might think that today’s readings are more appropriate for Good Friday than for the Kirking of the Council. But whenever I read or hear the sequence of stories in the Gospels about the last days of Christ’s life, I’m always struck by how public the events are. Today we’ve read of the encounter of Jesus with the most powerful government on earth at the time. Continue reading