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Month: November 2012

Church of the King!- A sermon for Christ the King Sunday, 25 November 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 25 November 2012: Year B, Christ the King
SERMON
Texts: Hebrews 10.19-25
John 18.28-38a

Church of the King!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, we heard about Jesus predicting the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Recall that as they left the Temple mount, Jesus’ disciples expressed their admiration for what was, truly, one of the wonders of the world in those days. ‘Look, Teacher! What wonderful stones and buildings!’ they exclaim; but Jesus answers: ‘You see these great buildings? Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.’ And about 40 years later, it came to pass, as the Temple and the city were destroyed by the Romans after a terrible siege.

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Sermon for 18 November 2012: A new way!

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 18 November 2012: Year B, Proper 28
SERMON
Texts: Hebrews 10.19-25
Mark 13:1-8
A new way!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus speaks of ‘the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away… Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another’. We can hardly listen to today’s those words and not think of the violence which broke out this week in Israel and Palestine. Especially since Mark’s Gospel is telling us about a conversation which happened in the same region as today’s violence is taking place.

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Remembrance Sunday film

This film was created by Daniel Nimmo as part of the Remembrance Day act of worship led by Iain Todd today at St Stephen’s.

 

Honouring the 'Ordinary': a sermon based on Mark 12.38-44 for Remembrance Sunday

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 11 November 2012: Year B, Remembrance Sunday
SERMON
Texts: Micah 4.1-5
Mark 12:38-44
Honouring the ‘Ordinary’
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

There are two parts to today’s Gospel reading; two stories, two sets of stories about Jesus which early Church remembered, and placed together to set up a stark contrast. Neither of the stories might seem immediately relevant to our Remembrance theme, but hear me out!
Jesus is in Jerusalem, the capital city, the centre of civil and ecclesiastical power.

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