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…

Did you find Jesus?

Sunday after Christmas December 31 2017 Isaiah 61.10-62.3; Psalm 148.1-14; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.22-40 Rev Angleena Keizer, Methodist Church of Great Britain As we gather here today to worship God, we stand on the threshold of a new year. It is not uncommon to look back and to take stock of what has happened to…

God with us. And we with God?

Christmas Day December 25 2017 Isaiah 52.7-10; Hebrews 1.1-5; John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland The trouble with Christmas Day is it comes immediately after Christmas Eve. I said everything I had to say last night, and John even said some of it yesterday morning. So I propose to do today what preachers…

The hope of a gift

Christmas Eve December 24 2017 Genesis 18.1-21; Isaiah 9.2-7a;Luke 1.26-38; Luke 2.1-14; Matthew 2.1-12; John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland As they near the end of a long journey, the young man and young woman are invited by an aged shepherd abiding in the field to stop, just for a moment, and warm…

The Word made flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 24 2017 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16; Romans 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38; Luke 1.46-55 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain The story of Mary begins the story of Christmas, but it is all part of the amazing message of the love of God for God’s creation. At the heart of…