Sermons at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk
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
On Healing 2 Timothy 2.8-15 & Luke 17.11-19 Our subject is healing today Have you ever bought a lottery ticket? I was in Scotland to lead the funeral of a friend this week. He was the only person I know who used his date of birth and his date of death as his lottery numbers?
Readings 2 Timothy 1.1-14 Luke 17:5-10 Just plain daft! Mad? A crazy idea. Planting trees in the sea sounds like a stupid exercise. Ludicrous! I reckon that is exactly how Jesus meant it to sound. We miss the point of this mini-parable if we look at it with solemn eyes It is cartoon he is
Readings Jeremiah 1-3a, 6-15 and Luke 16.19-31 Psalm 150 The joyful finale to the Psalms, the song book of Judaism (King James Version) Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3
Readings: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Luke 16.1-13 Prayer Stewards of the Earth What did you do on Friday? Think about it for a minute… Did you know that 100,000 people in 160 counties and 3,000 cities took to the streets to protest. Some of whom had never walked under banners before… On our Church of Scotland
This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office. Lost and Found Jeremiah 4:11-12 and 22-28 Luke 15:1-10 I have no doubt like me at some point you have been temporarily lost or have lost someone or something precious. The trouble is that at the time in the terrifying moment of a child lost
This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office. Theme – The Potter Readings: Jeremiah 18.1-11 Jeremiah at the Potter’s House 18 The Lord said to me, 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” 3 So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel.
Readings : Jeremiah 2.4-13 Psalm 139 and Luke 14.25-33 Prayer I wonder what you would think was the most famous photograph of the 20th Century? Some of you may be thinking it came from the various outbreaks of war? Or when peace was declared? A building A coronation? A film star? A mountain, waterfall or
Readings Jeremiah 1. 4-10 The Call of Jeremiah 4 The Lord said to me, 5 “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” 6 I answered, “Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say that you
Isaiah 5:1-7 Luke 12:49-56 We’ve spent 8 weeks looking at the church in the 1st century; now we’re speeding back 800 years or so to the time of King Uzziah. So I’d better give you a bit of background. A little over 1000 years before Jesus was born, the nation of Israel wanted a king.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 So we saw a few weeks ago how Pl wrote to the Galatians, who were being troubled by some very influential jewish believers, who insisted that Christians had to become Jews 1st. The Colossians were being troubled by Greek ideas that were about secret codes & knowledge & some very odd practices.
Colossians 3:1-11 It is possible to be so heavenly minded, you’re no earthly use. Do you know that expression? It refers to people who have their heads in the clouds, as it were – they like to look very pious and holy. They want people to notice that they are religious. There’s one example which
Colossians 2:6-19 According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The
Colossians 1:15-28 I’m glad that God doesn’t run his kingdom like the A.A. runs their breakdown insurance. I wouldn’t stand a chance. You see, they wanted to kick me out. I had this breakdown cover insurance on my car – d’you have that here in Sri Lanka? It means that you pay £50, £100 a
Everywhere you go there are strange variations of Christianity… When I went to the North of Scotland I learned that it was scandalous for us to cook on a Sunday – & even worse to wash clothes. There was a Christian fellowship in town who had just allowed their members to have a television –
Galatians 6:1-16 6:1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if