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Month: February 2019

A Month of Sundays – March 2019

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Old High Music 2019 Season Programme

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One Spirit: Different gifts. Sermon for 24 February 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

Luke 4:14-21

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

People have heard the news. This preacher has become well-known around Galilee. Already they are talking about him, what he has to say, how well he says it. And now the local lad is returning to the synagogue in his home town. The son of Mary and Joseph the carpenter goes- ‘as usual’, says Luke- to the synagogue in the town he is visiting.

Those two words, ‘as usual’ tell us something important- that it was Jesus’ habit to attend synagogue each Sabbath. No doubt things went on in the synagogue, and things were said in the synagogue, with which Jesus radically disagreed. But he nevertheless, he went. Jesus never waited until he found a perfect place to worship. And he didn’t think you could be a believer on your own. He worshipped in the synagogue with everyone else. Just as you can’t seriously describe yourself as a Christian without going to church, Jesus thought that you couldn’t be a serious Jew without going to synagogue.

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Hope: for this life and the next! Sermon for 17 February 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Luke 6:17-26

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

This year’s BBC Scotland Hogmanay show had a treat for those of a certain age, for it saw the return of the Reverend IM Jolly. Gregor Fisher played the character of a lugubrious Scottish minister bringing his New Year message to the nation.

For the Reverend IM Jolly was originally brought to life by Scottish comedy great Rikki Fulton. He’s still fondly remembered, despite having died back in 2004. You can still find many of sketches from his show, Scotch and Wry online, and they still make me laugh.

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Old High Music 2019

The 2019 Old High Music Season commences on Saturday 9 March at 12 noon when we are delighted to welcome Eileen Mackintosh for her first visit to the Old High. Eileen has had a distinguished musical career as an operatic soprano, conductor and teacher in the US before moving with her Scottish husband to the Black Isle in 2017. She and Robin Versteeg have been preparing an exciting programme of Wagner, Puccini and Ernest Charles for what promises to be a memorable inaugural recital for this new year of music at the Old High. Please come and support this event. Brochures will be available detailing the 7 other recitals that are planned throughout 2019.

Download the brochure here.

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Fish for all!: Sermon for Sunday 10 February 2019: Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13

Luke 5:1-11

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

We seem to be hearing a lot today about shortages. Year in, year out, local councils, for example, find they have less money to spend on services which we once thought essential- care of the elderly and the needy, education for the young, even keeping our public spaces neat and tidy. The reason, we are told, is that there is a shortage of money in our rich country.

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The Greatest of These: sermon for 3 February 2019 (Epiphany 4)

Scripture Readings:

1 Corinthians 12.31-13.13

John 15.5-17

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

‘Love’, which is a word we use quite a lot in Church. And it’s a word we use quite a lot outside of Church as well. But it can be a confusing word, because it our English word, ‘love’ has a range of different meanings. And the words the Bible use for love have particular meanings. But love is central to Christianity, and essential to the life of the Church. ‘Love your neighbour’ and ‘love one another’ are two of the most important commandments which Christ gives his followers. So we need to know what we mean by ‘love’.

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