Thank you Jesus

May 28 2015 Driving between Jerusalem and Tiberias through the Jordan valley in my church car – something I’ll be doing more often this summer, now that my colleague Colin Johnston has left St Andrew’s, Galilee – I play CDs to keep me focused. One of these is a praise band album gifted to me…

Renewed, but always in need of renewal

Pentecost, May 24 2015 Ezekiel 37.1-14; Psalm 104.24-30; Romans 8.22-27; Acts 2.1-21 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Fireworks in the night are fun.[1] Forest fires, not so much: we know the havoc they can wreak. And beyond the world of our hymnary, there is the real world around us, in which buildings are often…

Not strangers but pilgrims

Vraiment, cela peut paraître bizarre, mais j’ai entendu dire que le plus long des pèlerinages est celui qui vous emmène… « depuis le cerveau… jusqu’au cœur ! » [1] Ten years ago, my Savoyard friend Pierre Angleys set out from his home in Veigy-Foncenex, just across the border from Geneva, to walk 1,896 km to Santiago de Compostela,…

In memoriam

May 15 2015 On Tuesday this week, I presented the following report at the AGM of the Society of Friends of St Andrew’s, Jerusalem, in St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh.[1] Friends of St Andrew’s AGM Minister’s report, April 16 2015 Kiss me, Hardy? Well, perhaps not. One of the first events I attended since…

On a very fertile hill

May 11 2015 At the end of April, I caught a train from Edinburgh to Forres to visit congregations in the Presbytery of Moray and to speak to the presbytery on May 5 – my wife Vivien’s birthday, as it happens. Below is the sermon I preached in St Laurence Church, Forres, on May 3.…

On a very fertile hill

5th Sunday of Easter, May 3 2015 Isaiah 5.1-7; Psalm 22.25-31; 1 John 4.7-21; John 15.1-8 St Laurence Church of Scotland, Forres Rev Páraic Réamonn “My friend had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug the soil and cleared it of stones; he planted the finest vines. He built a tower to guard…

All fall down

May 1 2015 This is, I suppose, a Mayday post. Graeme and Meena Clugston – Graeme a doctor from Australia, Meena a nurse from Nepal – are longstanding members of our home congregation in Geneva, Switzerland, and old friends of Vivien and me. When Graeme retired from the World Health Organization some years back, they…

Peace be with you

3rd Sunday of Easter, April 19 2015 Isaiah 6. 1-9a, Psalm 4, 1 John 3.1-7, Luke 24.36b-48 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Walk down a street in West Jerusalem and a passing stranger may say to you “shalom”: peace! On Fridays and Saturdays, the greetings become more elaborate: “Shabbat shalom”: have a good Sabbath!…

Sent by the Lord are we

2nd Sunday of Easter, April 12 2015 Acts 4.32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1.1-2.2, John 20.19-31 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Paul tells us that a man the Romans crucified was later seen to be alive. In the text from 1 Corinthians we read on Easter Sunday, Paul writes: “He appeared to Cephas, then…