If necessary, use words

7th Sunday after Pentecost, July 3 2016 2 Kings 5.1-14; Psalm 30.1-12; Galatians 6.1-16; Luke 10.1-11, 16-20 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Great things sometimes happen when a congregation irritates its minister. Thirty years ago, in a small town in Maryland, twenty miles from the city of Baltimore, a mostly middle-class congregation did just…

Follow me

6th Sunday after Pentecost, June 26 2016 2 Kings 2.1-14; Psalm 77; Galatians 5.1, 13-25; Luke 9.51-62 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “To share an island with the English is the lot the Almighty has assigned to the Scots and the Welsh.” This is how the late Ian Henderson begins his little book Scotland:…

Repent and forgive

4th Sunday after Pentecost, June 12 2016 1 Kings 21.1-21a; Psalm 1 (CH4 1); Galatians 2.15-21; Luke 7.36-8.3 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland At Tabeetha School in Jaffa, the pupils are busy preparing for exams next week. Or perhaps, as some of their teachers fear, they are just eating ice-cream on the beach. In…

The one who longs to make us whole

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 5 2016 1 Kings 17.8-24; Psalm 146.1-10; Galatians 1.11-24; Luke 7.11-17 Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen wie des Grases Blumen. Das Gras ist verdorret und die Blume abgefallen. This is not how I usually begin a sermon. But…

Become the torch

Trinity Sunday, May 22 2016 Proverbs 8:1-11, 22-31; John 16:12-15 Rev. Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ/National YWCA of Palestine Holy one what is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?” The disciple asked. And the Holy One answered: “When you have knowledge, you use a torch to show the way. When you are wise, you…

Proud towers which shall not reach to heaven

Pentecost, May 15 2016 Genesis 11.1-9; Acts 2.1-21; John 14.8-17, 25-27 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Did you hear the gunfire?” Vivien asked me on Wednesday evening. It wasn’t gunfire, although it easily could have been. It was fireworks in the night, to celebrate Israel’s Day of Independence; but not everyone in the land…

Out of sight

Ascension, May 8 2016 Acts 1.1-11; Psalm 93 (CH4 57); Ephesians 1.15-23; Luke 24.44-53 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland The point of Christian faith, like the point of political commitment, is to take us out of ourselves and connect us to a larger purpose. But we are human, creatures of frail flesh and even…

Not as the world gives

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1 2016 Acts 16.9-15; Psalm 67 (CH4 45); Revelation 21.10, 21.22-22.5; John 14.23-29 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland We are on our way from Easter to Pentecost. It is four days to the ascent of the risen Christ, and fourteen to the descent of the Holy Spirit; and already…

Stretching the boundaries of love

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24 2016 Acts 11.1-18; John 13.31-35 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ; Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my…

What are you doing here?

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24 2016 Psalm 148; John 13.31-35; 1 Kings 19.1-13 Rev Jessica Lowe, United Methodist Church People don’t really use maps anymore. Most people in my generation don’t even know how to read one. If I got lost driving somewhere, and all I had to get myself back home was a…