Waiting… and thanking! Sermon at St Stephen’s on 25 June 2016

Scripture Readings: Psalm 40.1-10

Luke 17:11–19

Waiting… and thanking!

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

In 1990, while I was still a student, I attended- as a visitor- the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. I was curious to visit because the Moderator that year was one of my teachers, the late Robert Davidson, Professor of Old Testament at Glasgow University. The day I visited, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom was there as a guest. After we had sung a metrical Psalm- unaccompanied, in the old Scottish style- Bob Davidson invited the Chief Rabbi to address the Assembly, greeting in him as he did so Hebrew. It was a powerful reminder of the Jewish origins of our faith, and how our Christian, Presbyterian worship continues to be suffused with those old Hebrew prayers and hymns, the Psalms. Continue reading

Don’t just do something- stand there! A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 7 February 2015

Scripture Readings: Exodus 34:29-35

Luke 9:28-36

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

The Labour politician Tony Benn, who died in 2014, was, like many of those who get to the top in politics, a very driven person. He was a Cabinet minister in the 1970s, and almost became Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in the 1980s. More recently, after retiring from the House of Commons at the last election (after 50 years as an MP), he travelled around the country with a sort of one-man show, which played to packed houses in theatres all over the country. For Tony Benn came from a political family, one with a stern sense of Christian duty. His diaries make it clear that he felt accountable for his use of time- it was a gift of God, which he had to make the most of. Continue reading

A national day of prayer on eve of the referendum

The Church of Scotland is supporting an ecumenical initiative to encourage prayer the day before the referendum.

Old High St Stephen’s is making our buildings available to those who want to pray or reflect.

OH smallThis Wednesday the Old High Church will be open for reflection from 10am-4pm

There will be a short prayer service at 12noon.

The Old High will also be open as usual from 10-12 noon and from 2-4pm on Thursday- Referendum Day- and the following day (Friday). 

St Stephen's cropped (2)There will also be prayers at 7.30pm on Wednesday at St Stephen’s, Southside Road.

All are welcome to these events.

Here are details of the ecumenical prayer initiative, which has been commended by the Moderator of the General Assembly.

Prayers for Christian Unity Week: 23 January

Christian Unity 2013The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18- 25 January.

You are invited to a brief service of prayers, using materials produced for the Week of Prayer, at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 12.30pm this Wednesday, 23 January.

Bring a packed lunch for afterwards, if you like- tea and coffee will be provided!

For more on the Week of Prayer, please see the web page of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

For more information please contact the Minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo (01463 250 802; peternimmo@minister.com).