Not of this world

3rd after Pentecost, June 14 2015 1 Samuel 15.34-16.13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5.6-17; Mark 4.26-34 John McCulloch, Church of Scotland You may be pleased to know that I am not usually in the habit of quoting Napoleon… especially from the pulpit…. However, when he was exiled after he had lost the battle of Waterloo,…

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…

Hard of hearing

4th Sunday of Advent, December 21 2014 2 Samuel 7.1-14, Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26, Romans 16.25-27, Luke 1.26-38 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Advent is a time of waiting, four long weeks of expectation; and a great deal turns on how we wait. According to ancient Christian writers, God waits for Mary’s yes; creation waits;…

The purpose and point of John

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 14 2014 Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126,  1 Thessalonians 5.16-24, John 1.6-8, 19-28 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland You may not have noticed, but this is the year of Mark. At the beginning of Advent we began to read the gospel of Mark, and we shall carry on reading Mark…

Put peace into each other’s hands

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 7 2014 Isaiah 40.1-11, Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3.8-15a, Mark 1.1-8 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In 1943 Denis Fahey, an Irish priest, published The Kingship of Christ and Organized Naturalism. This neatly divided the world into two antagonistic camps. On the one side were God and his…

All God’s people

Advent Sunday, November 30 2014 Isaiah 64.1-9, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, Mark 13.24-37 Service of introduction Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In the great high-priestly prayer in chapter 17 of John’s gospel, Jesus of Nazareth – God’s word made flesh, as John sees it – prays that we may all be one; so today I…

Rebuke, disrupt, shout

23rd Sunday after Pentecost, November 16 2014 Mathew 25.14-30 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ Allow dark times to season you – Hafiz There was a woman, a seeker of truth, who ran through the streets crying, “Power, greed, and corruption! Power, greed, and corruption!” For a while people stopped to listen. Then gradually,…

Remembering the war dead

Remembrance Sunday November 9 2014 Joshua 24.1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78.1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland On November 11 1918, the guns of August fell silent; and we are here this morning to remember that silence, and all that went before it, and all that came after. Every Sunday we…