Sermon Archives

December 23, 2012

4th Sunday of Advent

Whom to believe? 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be […]

December 16, 2012

3rd Sunday of Advent

One and Many 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Lord, you were favourable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. 3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. 4 Restore us […]

December 2, 2012

1st Sunday of Advent

Trust and Wait 1 Of David. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are […]

November 25, 2012

Last Sunday in the Church’s Year

Resurrection It may be that, like me, you are not so familiar as you might be with your Shakespeare. Perhaps, for example, you don’t remember the plot of the Merchant of Venice at the moment. Suffice it to say that it is very complicated, with some uncomfortable religious overtones, and nobody emerges from it with […]

November 11, 2012

24th Sunday after Pentecost

Even if you’ve come in part-way through … For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy […]

October 21, 2012

21st Sunday after Pentecost

Discipleship Details And as [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do […]

October 14, 2012

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Monday to Saturday Living How’s your week been? The world has had an interesting one. The news channels have kept us up to date. If politics is your thing then in the US people are talking about debates, here in the UK about political conferences, and in Australia about how the female Prime Minister launched […]

October 7, 2012

19th Sunday after Pentecost

The lectionary happens to throw up on this day – the day when St Columba celebrates its 50th anniversary – a Gospel lesson in which Jesus teaches about marriage. Not the obvious lesson for such an occasion, but, in the end, not one that is totally irrelevant either. But we’ll get there in due course. […]

September 30, 2012

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Rejoice in the Lord Always! There is a tradition at installations of pastors to their fields of service – congregations, mission fields, teaching positions – where brother pastors greet the newly installed pastor with a word of Scripture. Over the decades I’ve tended to use the same verse – not because it is the only […]

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