Enhancing hope in the face of darkness

Partner Plan Letter Rev Páraic Réamonn, December 11 2017 St Andrew’s Scots Memorial, Jerusalem Each year, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends around 100 ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) from different countries to protect and show solidarity with vulnerable Palestinian communities and, especially after returning home, to advocate on their behalf. Along with…

The gates of hope

Second Sunday of Advent December 10 2017 Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 85.8-13; 2 Peter 3.8-15a; Mark 1.1-8 Rev Kate McDonald, Scottish Episcopal Church Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the…

City of hope

Advent Sunday December 3 2017 Isaiah 64.1-9; Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19; Mark 13.24-37 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Today marks the beginning of Advent – Lent’s shabby second cousin. Like Lent, it is a time of preparation. Just as Lent prepares us to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, so Advent encourages…

Witness to the light

St Andrew’s Day November 30 2017 John 1.29-42 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Barbara Trapido’s first novel, published in 1982, was called Brother of the More Famous Jack, a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.” This is how I began my sermon for St Andrew’s Day two years ago. I promised you then a…

Witness to the light

St Andrew’s Day November 30 2017 John 1.29-42 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Barbara Trapido’s first novel, published in 1982, was called Brother of the More Famous Jack, a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.” This is how I began my sermon for St Andrew’s Day two years ago. I promised you then a…

The hope to which we are called

Christ the King: Last after Pentecost November 26 2017 Ezekiel 34.11-12, 15-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 25.31-46 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland When I was a teenager, Matthew’s parable of the sheep and the goats was one of my favourite texts. I read it as a job description of what it means to…

Restore the economy of grace

24th Sunday after Pentecost November 19 2017 Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18; Psalm 90.1-12; Matthew 25.14-30 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ The author of Eden lays claim to creation’s purpose, raging against the banker’s deceit, overwhelming the financier’s fraud, sweeping away the march of capital that siphons the poor to the engine of greed. –…

A farewell to illusions

November 19 2017 A talk at a distance delivered to a group of 30 people assembled by Rev Jenny Adams, who looks after World Mission matters in the Presbytery of Moray, to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Jenny was kind enough to “channel” my remarks, although (as she says) “without the beard”. This…

Courageous and tender, gentle and brave

21st Sunday after Pentecost October 29 2017 Deuteronomy 34.1-12; Psalm 90.1-6, 12-14; 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8; Matthew 22.34-46 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland For the last nine Sundays, we have been wandering through the book of Exodus like the Israelites in the wilderness. Now suddenly our lectionary fast-forwards through the Torah, skipping past Leviticus and…