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Month: June 2018

Beneath the surface: Sermon for 17 June 2018 (Proper 6)

Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 16.1-13

Mark 4:26-34

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

The prophet Samuel was on a mission to find a new king for Israel. At Bethlehem, he was sure he’d got his man when he met Eliab, son of Jesse. He thinks that Eliab has all the right qualifications- an eldest son, he looks the part. We’re told he’s tall and handsome- just how you’d need to look to lead an army into battle. This must be the man, thought Samuel. But God had other ideas. In his heart, Samuel heard God speak:

Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.

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Singing in all circumstances : sermon for 10 June 2018

Scripture Readings: Colossians 3.12-17

Luke 7.29-35

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

When we go to war, we have marching songs. When we find romance, we have love songs. When we love to dance to music- whether it’s Scottish country dance music, or the heavy beat at a night club, or the various forms of ballroom. Our entertainment is full of music- not just concerts, but it’s in the background to our films and television dramas. Who can forget the zither music of The Third Man or the double based terror of Jaws? I saw a play recently where the on-stage players were an absolutely vital part of the action: Amadeus (which has also been a film) – the story of Mozart and his rival, Salieri, a story which could hardly be told without music. Sometimes our music is sublime, sometimes it’s trashy- but we humans are musical animals, and it’s hard to imagine life without music.

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Common clay pots: a Reflection for Sunday 3 June 2018

This reflection was given during our Sunday Service which also acted as our Congregational Annual Meeting, and included a report from our Treasurer

Scripture Readings: Mark 2:23-3:6

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

It’s a bit odd for me to be reviewing the year 2017 in the life of our congregation, not least as I spent most of that year off for health reasons. As I returned to work towards the end of the year, I remember vividly feeling an overwhelming emotion of thankfulness. This year is the seventieth anniversary of the National Health Service- and I give thanks daily for the people and the technology that have enabled me to return back to work after what could have been a very debilitating problem with my heart.

But I am also thankful for what happened in this congregation during that time.

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