Two cheers for Matthew

8th Sunday after Pentecost July 30 2017 Genesis 29.15-28; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Let’s start at the very beginning,” sings Julie Andrews. It is, she suggests, “a very good place to start”. But this morning I want to begin at the end, with the last verse of our…

Surely the Lord is in this place

7th Sunday after Pentecost July 23 2017 Genesis 28.10-19a JR Atkins, United Methodist Church I awoke from my sleep the other morning, refreshed and ready for the day. I was well rested, my mind free of troubles, eager to approach the day, my heart full of love for the opportunities of a new day. Could…

Sowing with abandon

6th Sunday after Pentecost July 16 2017 Isaiah 55.10-13; Psalm 65; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23 Rev Kate McDonald, Scottish Episcopal Church Week before last, I spent much of Monday and Tuesday sitting out in nearly unbearable heat watching landscaping work be done to the large side garden of the Scots Hotel in Tiberias. Underneath…

The rabbi’s yoke

5th Sunday after Pentecost July 9 2017 Genesis 24.34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45.10-17; Romans 7.15-25a; Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30 Rev Anita Venter, Bethlehem Bible College “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest…. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These words sound nice…

Brothers and sisters all!

4th Sunday after Pentecost July 2 2017 Genesis 22.1-14, 19; Psalm 87; Mathew 10.40-42 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain I have always wondered how the conversation with Sarah went when Abraham arrived home. I would have loved to have been a fly on the tent wall. “You did what? Abraham, what did…

What is God like?

Trinity Sunday June 11 2017 Genesis 1.1-2.4a; Psalm 8.1-9; 2 Corinthians 13.11-13; Matthew 28.16-20 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain What is God like? You may say “Loving, mighty, holy, just”, or perhaps, from Paul Tillich, “the ground of our being.” The Bible gives us many descriptions of the actions of God and…

Earthquake, wind and fire

The Day of Pentecost June 4 2017 Numbers 11.11f, 16f, 24-30; 1 Corinthians 12.4-13; Acts 2.1-21 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland As Luke tells it, the Christian community to which we belong began on the first day of Pentecost, 2,000 years ago. In this community, as in any community that has lasted so long,…