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Month: July 2018

The rhythm of faith: sermon for 22 July 2018: Proper 11

Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Mark 6.30-34, 53-56

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

Many of us live busy, hectic lives. Our family, or our work, can take up lots of time. Even our ‘downtime’- the things we do in our leisure hours- can be very busy. Often retired people tell me that they find themselves busier than ever. Sometimes you come back from holiday exhausted, because you dashed from place to place sightseeing, or climbing mountains, or meeting all those family members you only occasionally. There are schoolchildren and students who arrive in classes half asleep, because they have been up too late, communicating with friends on the mobile phones. Our culture values doing things, being constantly connected, keeping busy. We find it hard to truly switch off.

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A prophet loses his head: sermon for Sunday 15 July 2018 (Proper 10 Year B)

Scripture Readings: Ephesians 1.3-14

Mark 6.14-29

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

The first message we can take away from today’s gruesome Gospel reading is that a prophet can lose his head. Speaking up for the truth- speaking up for God- can get you into a great deal of trouble.

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Jesus goes home: sermon for Sunday 8 July7 2018

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

Proper 9 (Year B, RCL)

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

It’s summer time, a time when we often do a lot of travelling. Many of us are getting ready to travel, or are just back from holiday. Some of us have friends and family who recently travelled to come to see us. And we often have visitors from all sorts of places in our congregation at this time of the year (and it’s great to have you with us!).

The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life tell how, during his short career as a preacher and healer, Jesus was often on the go. Jesus didn’t travel very far, in modern terms. He was active, in a narrow strip of land in Palestine, maybe 50 or 60 miles wide. He got as far north as the area around Tyre, north of Galilee, and to just south and east of Jerusalem- about 100 miles, as the crow flies. I suppose the farthest Jesus ever travelled- that we know about- was when his parents took him as a baby as refugees into Egypt. But today’s Gospel reading has him going home.

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Old High Music 2018 Summer Organ Recitals

We have a summer of excellent organ concerts at the Old High this year. An international set of visiting organists will be playing our historic Willis Organ- is one of the best organs in the Highlands.

Saturday 28th July at 12 noon

Andreas Fauss: organist and music director in Sondershausen, Germany, studied as a church musician in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and organ in Vienna. As well as an  organ recitalist, he also composes and records on radio and CD. His programme, including work by J S Bach, predominantly features 19th century compositions by Josef Rheinberger, Louis Lefebure-Wely, John West, Robert Jones and Cesar Franck.

Saturday 11th August at 12 noon

Adam Parrish: organist in Chesterfield, studied music at York. He performs on organ, piano, and oboe and works as a choral conductor, alongside a career as a composer. Adam has given recitals throughout England including such locations as the Royal Albert Hall and Durham Cathedral. His programme includes work by G F Handel, Edward Elgar, J Strauss and G Verdi, some 20th century English Choral Preludes, as well as Adam’s own arrangements of pieces by G Faure and Rick Wakeman.

These recitals will last approx. one hour. Donations of £5 at the door are invited to cover the cost of running these events.

Further details on Music at the Old High can be obtained from ohssmusic@gmail.com

You can download a copy of the poster here.

Summer 2018 Magazine

You can download the Summer 2018 Church Magazine here

Generous love: sermon for 1 July 2018

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

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

The most famous tax man in the Bible was a dishonest tax collector called Matthew. He held the franchise for tax-collecting in his area. He collected taxes on behalf of the Romans by whatever means he could, and he kept a percentage. No doubt it was a lucrative business, and it worked well for the Romans. The more tax Matthew brought in, more profit he earned.

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