God of liberation, God of love

14th Sunday after Pentecost September 10 2017 Exodus 12.1-14; Psalm 139; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland We are often tempted to think of the Bible as the pure Word of God, untouched by human hand. But that’s just silly. We know that Paul wrote the letter to the Romans, because…

Using our gifts for Jesus and his kingdom

12th Sunday after Pentecost August 27 2017 Exodus 1.8-2.10; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain What motivates you? What really stirs your soul? What is there that challenges you to use every bit of your initiative, every bit of your energy, every aspect of your being? I’m asking not…

Two cheers for Matthew

8th Sunday after Pentecost July 30 2017 Genesis 29.15-28; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Let’s start at the very beginning,” sings Julie Andrews. It is, she suggests, “a very good place to start”. But this morning I want to begin at the end, with the last verse of our…

Surely the Lord is in this place

7th Sunday after Pentecost July 23 2017 Genesis 28.10-19a JR Atkins, United Methodist Church I awoke from my sleep the other morning, refreshed and ready for the day. I was well rested, my mind free of troubles, eager to approach the day, my heart full of love for the opportunities of a new day. Could…

Sowing with abandon

6th Sunday after Pentecost July 16 2017 Isaiah 55.10-13; Psalm 65; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23 Rev Kate McDonald, Scottish Episcopal Church Week before last, I spent much of Monday and Tuesday sitting out in nearly unbearable heat watching landscaping work be done to the large side garden of the Scots Hotel in Tiberias. Underneath…

The rabbi’s yoke

5th Sunday after Pentecost July 9 2017 Genesis 24.34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45.10-17; Romans 7.15-25a; Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30 Rev Anita Venter, Bethlehem Bible College “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest…. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These words sound nice…