Monthly Archives: September 2014

A story to share

This morning, Duncan was preaching from Exodus 14:10-29 – the story of how God rescued the Jewish people from slavery and oppression in Egypt by making a way for them through the Red Sea. This story, with its message that God delivers God’s people and is opposed to those who oppress and enslave others, became the keystone of Jewish history. Jesus gave this story a new profundity – through his life and death, Jesus rescues those who suffer oppression

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A message about The Message

Duncan recommends an interview on Radio 5Live with Andy Hawthorne of The Message Trust, which exists to share the Christian message in words and actions to young people through Creative Arts, Community Transformation and Christ-Centred Enterprise. The theme of the interview is relevant to tomorrow morning's service. Find the interview here - it runs from around 1.30 to 2.00  

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God makes a way
Red sea

Exodus 14:10-29 Bible passage for tomorrow's service 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians”?

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How fabulous is the Sole Bird?

I see the Phoenix Choir is visiting Inverness this weekend. I think I first heard of The Phoenix (there’s always just one Phoenix in the old myths) when I read Edith Nesbit’s children’s story, The Phoenix and the Carpet as a child. The myth of The Phoenix was known in a number of ancient cultures: a bird, sometimes associated with the sun god,  who lived for 500, or 1000, or 1400 years according to the version of the myth you choose, and then

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Eco friendly church

Hilton Parish church is now a member of Eco-congregation Scotland. Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement helping local groups of Christians link environmental issues to their faith, reduce their environmental impact and engage with their local community. There are currently 318 eco-congregations in Scotland. 113 hold the Eco-Congregation Award. For more information click here. On Friday 3rd October from 10am-2pm the church and hall

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Scotland – the way ahead

The Christian Viewpoint column  from the Highland News dated 18th September 2014 This weekend, whatever the outcome of the referendum, we’ll be thinking about the way ahead. Depending on our point of view, it will be a weekend of elation, dejection or perhaps simply relief. Some of us will need to work on relationships with people we’ve argued passionately with in recent weeks. As a nation, we’ll be working on Scotland’s relationship with

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With us through our valleys of the shadow

A report and reflection on this morning's service from John Dempster. I love the Stephen Fischbacher song ‘When people are cruel’ which we sang at this morning’s service before the children left. Set to the reflective American tune Streets of Laredo the song focusses on the life and death and resurrection of Jesus as he faced ‘the bullies of Calvary.’ He was not daunted because ‘he knew where he came from and where he was going.’ The

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The Lord was with Joseph

Here's the reading for tomorrow's service: Genesis 39 1-23 Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success

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Messy Church – thanks from Duncan and Jonathan

Before we reach the end of another week, we wanted to say a big "thank you" to everyone who supported the Messy Church event last Sunday afternoon. Whether you prayed, baked, cooked, played football, shopped, did crafts, shared a meal, dug potatoes or welcomed, we are grateful. It was  wonderful to see the church building buzzing with life and activity. 92 people registered for the event, and we fed over a 100. We hope that the experience of working

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Walk his way – a pre-referendum reflection

Duncan highlighted this banner, one of those currently on display in the Church, on Sunday morning. It was made some time ago at a service when those present dipped their feet in paint before walking across the banner as it lay on the floor. It's a powerful symbol of the fact that as individuals, with all our distinctiveness, we walk together as Christians on our faith journey. The title, 'Walk his way' expresses both our journey's destination, and

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