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Month: February 2020

Bodybuilders! Sermon for 9 February 2020 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a (NB not the Lectionary reading for this Sunday)

Matthew 5:13-20

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

Sometimes you’ll hear the phrase ‘a broad church’ to describe a political party, or some other organisation or movement, which encompasses different kinds of people and with different ideas. The phrase originated in the mid-nineteenth century, when the Church of England had two very vocal wings, a High Church party and a Low Church party. Between them stood the Broad Churchmen, who wanted a middle way, inclusive way between the extremes[1]. In fact, religious communities like are a bit like political parties in that respect. Churches are a coalition of interests, even in the same denomination, even in the same congregation. It was ever so.

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The fool on the cross: sermon for 2 February 2020: The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings (NRSV): 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

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

Quite often, we hear the word ‘multicultural’ to describe society today. It’s a word which reflects the reality that Scotland is home to people of many different faiths and belief systems. In fact, it’s the reality for most of the world. People do not simply stay where they are born, for humans seem to have a necessity to travel, to move around.

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