Did you find Jesus?

Sunday after Christmas December 31 2017 Isaiah 61.10-62.3; Psalm 148.1-14; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.22-40 Rev Angleena Keizer, Methodist Church of Great Britain As we gather here today to worship God, we stand on the threshold of a new year. It is not uncommon to look back and to take stock of what has happened to…

God with us. And we with God?

Christmas Day December 25 2017 Isaiah 52.7-10; Hebrews 1.1-5; John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland The trouble with Christmas Day is it comes immediately after Christmas Eve. I said everything I had to say last night, and John even said some of it yesterday morning. So I propose to do today what preachers…

The hope of a gift

Christmas Eve December 24 2017 Genesis 18.1-21; Isaiah 9.2-7a;Luke 1.26-38; Luke 2.1-14; Matthew 2.1-12; John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland As they near the end of a long journey, the young man and young woman are invited by an aged shepherd abiding in the field to stop, just for a moment, and warm…

The Word made flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 24 2017 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16; Romans 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38; Luke 1.46-55 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain The story of Mary begins the story of Christmas, but it is all part of the amazing message of the love of God for God’s creation. At the heart of…

Enhancing hope in the face of darkness

Partner Plan Letter Rev Páraic Réamonn, December 11 2017 St Andrew’s Scots Memorial, Jerusalem Each year, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends around 100 ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) from different countries to protect and show solidarity with vulnerable Palestinian communities and, especially after returning home, to advocate on their behalf. Along with…

The gates of hope

Second Sunday of Advent December 10 2017 Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 85.8-13; 2 Peter 3.8-15a; Mark 1.1-8 Rev Kate McDonald, Scottish Episcopal Church Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the…

City of hope

Advent Sunday December 3 2017 Isaiah 64.1-9; Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19; Mark 13.24-37 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Today marks the beginning of Advent – Lent’s shabby second cousin. Like Lent, it is a time of preparation. Just as Lent prepares us to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, so Advent encourages…

Witness to the light

St Andrew’s Day November 30 2017 John 1.29-42 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Barbara Trapido’s first novel, published in 1982, was called Brother of the More Famous Jack, a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.” This is how I began my sermon for St Andrew’s Day two years ago. I promised you then a…