Children of Abraham

Second Sunday in Lent March 12 2017 Genesis 12.1-4a; Romans 4.1-5, 13-17; John 3.1-17 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland   Adam and Eve in the garden. Cain killing Abel. Noah and the flood. The tower of Babel. The stories in the first eleven chapters of Genesis paint a picture of a world gone astray,…

A bright cloud overshadows us

Transfiguration: Last Sunday after the Epiphany February 26 2017 Exodus 24.12-18; 2 Peter 1.16-21; Matthew 17.1-9 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Muslim social activist Tarek El-Messidi got a message last week that moved him. “I knew we Jews needed to stand with Muslims,” it said. “I never thought we’d need you to stand with…

Holy resistance

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany February 19 2017 Leviticus 19.1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119.33-40; 1 Corinthians 3.10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5.38-48 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ / National YWCA of Palestine “When Jesus said love your enemies he probably meant don’t kill them.” So the bumper sticker says and our Gospel text from Matthew 5…

Choose God

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 5 2017 Isaiah 58 1-9a; Psalm 112.1-9; 1 Corinthians 2 1-12; Matthew 5.13-20 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain Follow the old railway line from First Station just outside this church and you will get to Malha Station. Get a train from there and the train lines…

Making friends, reconciling enemies

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany January 29 2017 Micah 6.1-8; Psalm 24; 1 Corinthians 1.18-31; Matthew 5.1-12 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Today, we come to the end of our nine-day week of prayer for Christian unity. The theme this year is reconciliation or, as Archbishop Suheil glossed it in St George’s Cathedral last…

Come, see, stay

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15 2017 Isaiah 49.1-7; Psalm 40.1-11; John 1.29-42 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ | National YWCA of Palestine What a blessed and ominous Sunday! It is the second Sunday after the Epiphany, when the wise ones came or when Jesus was baptized and named as God’s beloved…

Here at Jordan’s river

First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 8 2017 Isaiah 42.1-9; Psalm 98; Acts 10.34-43; Matthew 3.13-17 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Last Sunday, while I was spending more time with my family, John Howard led us in a covenant service, as befits the first Sunday of a new year. This Sunday is, if you…

Our covenant with God

Covenant Sunday, January 1 2017 Exodus 24.3-11; Jeremiah 31.31-34; Romans 12.1-2; and John 15.1-10 Rev John Howard, Methodist Church of Great Britain It is no exaggeration to say that when Jesus speaks of the covenant between God and humankind he brings to their ultimate height the ideas and the principles the whole Bible proclaims in…