Justified by faith

2nd Sunday in Lent February 25 2018 Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22.23-31; Romans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38 Rev Angleena Keizer, Methodist Church of Great Britain Today is the second Sunday of Lent, a season where followers of Christ reflect on his suffering, as he was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and tempted…

Chosen people, promised land

1st in Lent February 18 2018 Genesis 15.1-6, 18-19; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 2.4-10; Mark 1.9-15 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland: St Andrew’s Galilee “The God of Abraham praise.”[1] But how, exactly, are we to do that? * It was probably in 1770 that Thomas Olivers wrote The God of Abraham Praise, immediately after…

While we are yet sinners

1st in Lent February 18 2018 Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.9-15 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Human history is a history of human wickedness and divine grace, and this history is reflected in the story that our Bibles tell. Some Sundays it is reflected better than others. * The story…

It’s uncanny. It’s meant to be

The Transfiguration of our Lord February 11 2018 2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; Mark 9.2-10 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland We’re in California. Bill S Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan are outside a store in downtown San Dimas, looking desperately for help. Ted asks a woman going into the store,…

The glory of God

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 4 2018 Isaiah 40.21-31; Psalm 147 (CH4 103); 1 Corinthians 9.16-23; Mark 1.29-39 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain Life is very busy for Jesus. He doesn’t have to attract attention, the people come to him and they bring more and more people wanting help, the sick,…

What on earth possesses us?

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany January 28 2018 Deuteronomy 18.15-22; Psalm 111.1-10; 1 Corinthians 8.1-6; Mark 1.21-28 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Those of us who have come to Jerusalem from elsewhere, and even those who were born here, may find food for thought in this exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat, taken…

Fall in, or let go of the nets

Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 21 2018 Jonah 3.1-5, 10; Mark 1.14-20 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ (in St Andrew’s, Galilee, Tiberias) “If you become a fish in a trout stream, said his mother, I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.” This is my call story plain and…

Follow me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 21 2018 Jonah 3.1-5, 10; Psalm 122; 1 Corinthians 7.29-31; Mark 1.14-20 Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland One of the things that I love about the Gospel of Mark is its great sense of movement. It’s a gospel that…

Go get soaked

First Sunday after the Epiphany January 7 2018 Genesis 1.1-5; Psalm 29.1-11; Acts 19.1-7; Mark 1.4-11 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ / YWCA of Palestine Don’t mind the mud. A certain drowning is required as Breath From above is delivered on the wings of a dove. The Baptizer’s bargain is this: There’s no…