Blessings


Transcript of my sermon delivered on Sunday 29th January 2017 This sermon uses two passages from the Bible, and questions what are blessings, and how do we recognise blessings in our lives. The passages are Micah 6: 1 - 8  and Matthew 5: 1 - 12, and I began my talk by showing this piece of video from “The Life... Continue Reading →

Prayers for a New Year


I led the prayers in our Sunday worship this morning, and for a change I used a couple of props. I chose to pray around four items that are traditionally used on New Year's Eve in Scottish households - coal, "black bun" (or fruit cake), salt and whisky. Here's what we prayed: Coal - small, dirty,... Continue Reading →

A Time To Be Still


Everybody needs time to be still. Stillness implies stopping something - moving, talking, eating, worrying, crying, laughing, agitating - whatever it is, we all need to stop and be still. But how difficult is it to stop yourself and just be in the moment, in the presence of something bigger than yourself and not to fret... Continue Reading →

Mary Anoints Jesus


At study group tonight we looked at the passage of the Bible in John's gospel where Mary anoints Jesus just before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem (John 12: 1- 8). We looked at it in terms of where we see God in the picture, and our discussion meandered its way through the relationships of the... Continue Reading →

Epiphany


Today is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night if you are of European extraction. But what is that exactly? Well, Epiphany was when the wise men (or the Magi if you like) visited the nativity of Jesus Christ. They were a little bit after the big event with the shepherds and the angels and all that hoo-hah,... Continue Reading →

Let The Light In


Contrary to popular (ie, non-Christian) belief, we are still celebrating Christmas. Most people think that Christmas is something that is done and finished with by 25th December, but that's not true. For western Christians, Christmas carries on until Epiphany, which is when we remember the arrival of the magi at the nativity. Christmas is a... Continue Reading →

The Law and Soup


  This is an adapted transcript of the sermon I delivered this morning at St Peter's Church in Blackley. I used a basket full of vegetables, a stock pot and a jug of water as props to help tell it, and I'd love to hear your thoughts if you would like to leave a comment.... Continue Reading →

What To Pray For??


How do you know what to pray for? When things are going well for us, it's easy isn't it? We pray for our friends who are a bit sad, or for our family who might be going through a bit of a "bad patch". When things are terrible and you feel weighed down by the... Continue Reading →

C is for Crucifixion


Today is Good Friday, a very important day in the Christian calendar. It is the day we remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us by allowing himself to be crucified on a cross at the hands of the Romans. That is a very simplistic way of telling this part of the Easter story, and... Continue Reading →

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