Sermons at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk
I wonder if any of you have ever mistaken one person for another, it can be
easily done at night, in the rain especially in a crowded place.
People can dress in the same colours or style as someone you know and if it is dark or you have been crying you may not see the person as you normally would. Usually we recognise a person when we see their face in the light or we hear their voice.
Readings: Philippians 2.1-5 and Matthew 21. 1-11
What has Palm Sunday to say to a city under a stern curfew and a world which is in lockdown in many countries?
Prayer: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our Rock and our Redeemer.
Readings: Ezekiel 37.1-10 and John 11. 17-44.
Prayer: Wherever we hear the words may we also receive your word, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
Our readings today are the reading that Christians are hearing around the world in the churches today in the midst of the C-19 crisis and they are extraordinary! The first reading is set in a valley of bones, dry bones.
Living God, In our hour of need, we turn again to you, for we have nowhere else to turn. We put our faith in you because you have proved your faithfulness time and again. We reaffirm our love for you because you have never let us go. We thank you that you are not distant
Three passages today but all leading towards one single word. It emerges from the biblical description of leadership.
So what is this keyword then?
We will arrive at that destination, but first, we need to set out on a small journey of discovery. We begin with possibly the most famous words ever written. There are in equal measure – a song, a poem and a prayer. Part of the Hebrew bible but respected by many other religions and cultures.
We know about thirst in Colombo in March, don’t we?
It is hot by 9.00am and piping hot by noon.
The heat makes our lips parched, our throats dry, our body begins to sends signals from our skin and stomach and organs requesting fluid, the messages become more urgent hour by hour until thirst become a pain, not a request rather a demand and after a remarkably short time just one day our bodies begin to shut down. Yes we certainly need water.
Theme: Shine Bible readings: Isaiah 58.1-9 Matthew Chapter 5.13-20 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’” These are the words of
Scripture: Micah 6: 1-8 / Matthew 5: 1-12 Text: And seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain and when he was set his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them saying; (Matthew 5: 1, 2) IN THE NAME OF GOD, FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN With its
Conflicted Cousins Sermon SASK 12 January 2020 Readings: Isaiah 42.1-9 and Matt 3.13-17 We are going to think about conflict today and consider there are two sides to it – a positive and a negative side. The musical concept of harmony helps me… Wally Armbruster says. “If everybody’s singing the same note that is
Epiphany! St Andrew’s Scots Kirk, ColomboIsaiah 60. 1-9 Matthew 2.1-12 Prayer: May the words of my mouth and the mediations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our Rock and our Redeemer. “And Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:3 The early Christians were
Overflowing Hope Readings Isaiah 2.1-5 and Romans 13.11-14Advent 1 There are 3 Hopeful points today. Advent is a time of preparation for the Christian community. It is the season where that overused word but evergreen concept comes into its own. I am hopeful today, are you? Despite the terrorist attack in London on Friday, I
SASK Christ as King 9.30am 24 November 2019 Readings: Psalm 46 and Colossians 1. 11-20. Prayer Close your eyes? Please close your eyes for a minute or two? I want you to bring to mind your favourite picture of Jesus Christ… Can you picture his hair its texture and shade, his eyes, their colour,
Readings: Malachi 4.1-2a and Ephesians 4.11-16 The Gifts of The People I bet I know the main thing that has been on you your mind this week? No, not who is going to win the election? Will brave Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in forthcoming test match series? Not even what am I going to eat
Readings: Micah 4.1-8 Luke 1.68-70 War, Peace and Silence Where did you first experience the eloquence of Silence? Hasn’t silence a matchless power of its own? Did you first feel it after an outstanding piece of playing at a concert, followed by a stunned silence? Or was it in a sporting context? Did you witness
Readings Habakkuk 1 and 2 and Luke 19.1-10 Short Talk The story of Zacchaeus is one which appeals to children, not least because they can easily visualise the small man who climbed up a sycamore tree. Children are often fascinated by ‘height’ and take pleasure in charting their own growth. I measured the height of