Ears to listen

Transfiguration, February 7 2016 Exodus 34.29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3.12-4:2; Luke 9.28-36 Rev Kristen Brown, United Methodist Church, Methodist Liaison office, Jerusalem Many mornings during the winter months, I drive through fog on my way to the office at Tantur. I live up the hill from Bethlehem, at the very top of Beit Jala,…

Words of grace

4th Sunday after Epiphany, January 31 2016 Jeremiah 1.4-10; Psalm 71.1-6; 1 Corinthians 13.1-13; Luke 4.21-30 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Perhaps the deepest and most dangerous human temptation is to think in terms of us and them – and then to act in terms of us and them. We are the good guys,…

Read the text, and seek the sense

3rd Sunday after Epiphany, January 24 2016 Nehemiah 8.1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12.12-31a; Luke 4.14-21 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland A young man strolls into a synagogue in the hill town of Nazareth, reads from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and tells an astonished congregation that the time prophesied by…

These signs are written

2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 17 2016 Isaiah 62.1-5; Psalm 36.5-10; 1 Corinthians 12.1-13; John 2.1-11 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In the ideal detective story we are given all the clues yet fail to figure out whodunnit. We may notice each clue as it is given to us. We may need no further…

Baptized into his death

Baptism of the Lord, 1st Sunday after Epiphany, January 10 2016 Isaiah 43.1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8.14-17; Luke 3.15-17, 21-22 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Jephthah and the people of Gilead are at war with the Ammonites. To make sure of success, Jephthah cuts a deal with God. He makes a vow to the…

How the light gets in

Epiphany, January 3 2016 Isaiah 60.1-6; Mathew 2.1-15 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There’s a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in – Leonard Cohen The two displaced Middle Eastern teenagers finally found a shelter to rest and deliver the…

In wisdom and stature

1st Sunday after Christmas, December 27 2015 1 Samuel 2.18-26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3.12-17; Luke 2.41-52 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Two days ago, Jesus of Nazareth was born. Today, he is 12 – a rapid growth spurt, even for someone who is the saviour of the world. And when he returns to Nazareth…

Tikkun olam

A sermon for the planet: St Andrew’s Scots Memorial, Jerusalem 1st Sunday after Christmas, December 27 2015 1 Samuel 2.18-26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3.12-17; Luke 2.41-52 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Two days ago, Jesus of Nazareth was born. Today, he is 12 – a rapid growth spurt, even for someone who is the…

The meaning in the magic

Christmas Day, December 25 2015 Isaiah 52.7-10; Psalm 98.1-9; Hebrews 1.1-12); John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Luke and Matthew give us the magic. John gives us the meaning and leads us by another way into the realm of mystery. Not for John the angel Gabriel sent by God to a town in…

As a little child

Christmas Eve, December 24 2015 Nine lessons and carols Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland A hour down the road from Jerusalem in the old port of Jaffa – 90 minutes if the traffic is bad – you can find the only Church of Scotland school in the world: Tabeetha school, named after a woman…