People of the four winds

November 8 2014 I’ve just come back from a service of remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus. The service was unusual in two ways. We remembered the beginning as well as the end of the Great War; we also rededicated the mosaic that lines the Memorial Chapel. Laid in 1927 as…

A two-edged sword

21st after Pentecost, November 2 2014 Joshua 3.7-17, Psalm 107.1-7, 33-37, 1 Thessalonians 2.9-13, Matthew 23.1-12 Rev. Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Two months ago to the day, I stepped off a plane in Ben Gurion airport to begin my ministry in this church and this land. Five days later, in my first sermon, I…

Signposts and navigation systems

20th after Pentecost, October 26 2014 Deuteronomy 34.1-12, Psalm 90.1-6, 13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8, Mathew 22.34-46 Rev. Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland My last two years at New College, Edinburgh, and my year as an assistant minister in the middle-class parish of Greenbank, Edinburgh, were regularly enlivened by Not the Nine O’Clock News, a comedy…

Render to Caesar

October 22 2014 Kristen Brown is a United Methodist minister based in the Tantur Institute in Jerusalem as a liaison for her church. She is also associated with St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church, where she shares in leading worship (she likes this almost as much as I do). Last week, we were driving a friend…

Whose image?

19th after Pentecost, October 19 2014 Exodus 33.12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10, Mathew 22. 15-22 Rev. Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus of Nazareth argues for a certain simplicity of speech. Do not swear at all, he tells his hearers. Do not swear by heaven, for it is…

People are hurting here

October 13 2014 At the beginning of September the Rev. Páraic Réamonn became the minister of St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem. Below, he reflects on his first weeks in the Holy Land. He plans to blog regularly from Jerusalem. In May this year, I reached retirement age. At the end of June, I stopped…

“Trust in God; trust also in me”

18th after Pentecost, October 12 2014 Exodus 32.1-14, Psalm 106.1-6, 19-23, Philippians 4.1-9, Matthew 22.1-14 Rev. Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland The whole of the Christian gospel is that God loves us; and the whole of our human predicament is that we find this hard to believe. And so we go whoring after false gods;…

Sing a love song

17th Sunday after Pentecost, October 5 2014 Isaiah 5.1-7; Matthew 21. 33-46 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ “Blood soaked fields will never be fertile and blood reforms will never bear fruit.” Archbishop Oscar Romero After the ceasefire I escaped for a few days to the lovely island of Crete. It was a difficult…