A hand and a name

January 29 2015 I first visited Jerusalem in March 1992. I’d just become convener of the Middle East and North Africa committee of the Board of World Mission and Unity, not long before the Kirk divided the board – an irony that seemed lost on most people – and as a reward I had been…

Jesus and the woman of Samaria

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem, January 27 2015 John 4.1-42 Rev Carrie Ballenger Smith, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, a warm welcome and heartfelt greetings to the bishops, pastors, and other church leaders who…

In our beginning is our end

3rd after Epiphany January 25 2015 Jonah 3.1-5, 10; Psalm 62.5-12; 1 Corinthians 7.29-31; Mark 1.14-20 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland I spent most of last Sunday night in the bathroom throwing up. I hope my sermons don’t have that effect on other people. The consequence was I spent most of Monday in bed…

A word for a sacrament

Baptism of Beatrix and Harriet Creighton, January 17 2015 Luke 2.21-32; John 3.1-7, 17 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland This is all Gary’s fault, although Heidi may have egged him on. I’m not referring to the fact that we have two young children here to baptize this morning – although that may also be…

A peaceable kingdom

1st after Epiphany January 11 2015 Genesis 1.1-5,  Psalm 29, Acts 19.1-7, Mark 1.4-11 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland May the Lord bless his people with peace. * “French, Algerian in origin, Muslim in faith, very proud to call himself Ahmed Merabet, to represent the French police, and to defend the values of the…

Who´s that knocking on my window?

Christmas Day, December 25 2014 Isaiah 52.7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1.1-12; John 1.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland How are we to understand ourselves and our world? What story can we tell to make sense of it all? Well, there is, to begin with, the secular story we tell ourselves, using the sciences and…