The mystery of godliness

Third Sunday of Easter, April 10 2016 Acts 9.1-20; Psalm 25 (CH4 21) ; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Two days ago here in St Andrew’s I sang Handel’s Messiah in Hebrew. I didn’t sing the whole thing, of course. I was just a humble bass in the second row…

Feeding because fed

Third Sunday of Easter, April 10 2016 Acts 9.1-20; Psalm 25 (CH4 21) ; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In the pantheon of Christian saints, Peter and Paul rank pretty high, but our readings today remind us that neither of them started out like that. For the rest of us,…

In God we trust

Second Sunday of Easter, April 3 2016 Acts 5.27-32; Psalm 16 (CH4 9); Revelation 1.4-8; John 20.19-31 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Preaching in Tiberias last month, I told the congregation that my mother had a soft spot for Judas Iscariot. Today, I want to say that one of my heroes is the disciple…

How God settles a dispute

Easter Sunday, March 27 2016 Isaiah 65.17-25; Psalm 118; 1 Corinthians 15.19-26; Luke 24.1-12 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland God has a dispute with his people, but how is God to settle it? The prophet Hosea tells us that God has a dispute with the ancient northern kingdom of Israel. The prophet Micah tells…

The good news in our worst fears

Palm Sunday, March 20 2016 Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29; Philippians 2.5-11; Luke 19.28-40 Rev Kate Taber, Presbyterian Church (USA) I’m maybe one of the worst people with whom to try to watch a movie. Or more accurately, with whom to even pick out a movie to watch. Just ask my husband. I love action,…

As we forgive our debtors

Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 13 2016 Isaiah 43.16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3.4b-14; John 12.1-8 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland: St Andrew’s, Galilee My mother had a soft spot for Judas Iscariot. She knew that he had betrayed Jesus to his enemies. She knew that according to Matthew he had then hanged himself. But…

A man had two sons

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 6 2016 Joshua 5.9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5.16-21; Luke 15.1-3; 11b-32 Rev Kate McDonald Reynolds, Scottish Episcopal Church As a good Anglican, I am most of the time very happy to follow the lectionary. But there are times when I get really annoyed with the compilers. Today is one…

No more enemies

Third Sunday of Lent, February 28 2016 Isaiah 55.1-9; Psalm 63.1-8; 1 Corinthians 10.1-13; Luke 13.1-9 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Lent is a season of repentance. But what does it mean to repent? If we are impressed with the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, repentance means telling God what miserable…

Changed from glory into glory

1st Sunday in Lent, February 14 2016 Deuteronomy 26.1-11; Psalm 91.1-2, 9-16; Romans 10.8b-13; Luke 4.1-13 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland There are places where heaven seems to come close to earth. And there are places where hell seems to do that too. The late John Denver assured us that in the Colorado Rocky…