Where can I find you?

Easter Sunday, April 5 2015 Exodus 14.10-16, 30; 15.20-21; Isaiah 25.6-9; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Mark 16.1-8 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Fear not” is the standard instruction of the angels as they come bearing telegrams from God; but Mark ends his gospel with fear: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for…

States of Palestine

March 30 2015 I got off the plane in Ben Gurion last September to begin a new life as minister of St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem. With characteristic Irish insouciance, I planned to spend the first month settling in before getting on with the job. Now I realize I’ll still be settling in when…

Which God? Which Lord?

Palm Sunday, March 29 2015 Isaiah 50.4-9a, Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29, Philippians 2.5-11, Mark 11.1-11 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Today we find ourselves at the beginning of the holiest week in the Christian year in the holiest city in the Christian world. This is a new experience for me – perhaps for some of…

Exalted on a cross

5th Sunday in Lent, March 22 2015 Jeremiah 31.31-34, Psalm 51.1-12, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Yesterday, I make a little bit of history in this town so full of history. I helped create a new tradition in this city where so often we seemed trapped in our traditions. Two…

Suffering love: In remembrance of her

4th Sunday in Lent, March 15 2015 Proverbs 8.1-4, 22-31, Mark 14.3-9 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ And the women were there… * From the beginning Lady Wisdom, Hochma, was present. She was there when the world began and later she could be found in public places like street corners or crossroads. Her…

Love bears all things

2nd in Lent, March 1 2015 Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22.23-31, Romans 4.13-25, Mark 8.31-38 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland This week, our Jewish neighbours – and perhaps some of us here – celebrate Purim, in memory of the story where Queen Esther saves the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from a…

Lit up from within

Transfiguration of the Lord, February 15 2015 2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; Mark 9.2-9 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland This is the Sunday of the Transfiguration of the Lord: the last Sunday after Epiphany and the last before Lent. We spent most of the season of Epiphany struggling through the first…

And she began to serve them

5th after Epiphany February 8 2015 Isaiah 40.21-31; Psalm 147.1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9.16-23; Mark 1.29-39 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “And you’ll do the opening prayer,” Yehuda said to me. * It was Wednesday night, and the Jerusalem Rainbow Group was meeting in the Allenby lounge. Founded 50 years ago to bring together…

As one with authority

4th Sunday after Epiphany, February 1 2015 Deuteronomy 18.15-20 , Psalm 111 , 1 Corinthians 8.1-13 , Mark 1.21-28 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland It’s time for a fight scene. In successive swift strokes, Mark has depicted Jesus of Nazareth as possessed by the Holy Spirit of God, fresh from confronting Satan in the…