Monthly Archives: October 2014

Have your say on the future of Council Services
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The Highland Council invites everyone to take part in a consultation to help plan services in the years ahead when there is less funding available. Read the proposals and have your say here.

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The Legoland Gospel: a child-friendly video on next Sunday’s theme
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Click here for a video on the Naaman story!  

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Only those who stoop may enter: Bible reading for Sunday
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Here's the Bible passage for Sunday (2 Kings 5:1-14) Naaman Healed of Leprosy 5 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.[a] 2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said

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Fiona Waite’s new adventure
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Fiona Waite is off to Watford on a Soul Survivor leadership course. She explained this morning how this came about. Inspired by Duncan’s recent sermon about sharing our ‘faith stories’ Fiona told us a little of hers. While attending Soul Survivor with a group from the Church in July 2012, she asked God what she should be doing next with her life, and had a powerful impression of a call to ministry and leadership. However she’d been planning

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Wisdom and justice
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A report and personal reflection on this morning's service by John Dempster The speaker this morning was Joyce Mitchell, and her subject the passage from 1 Kings 3 where King Saul is asked by God what he most wanted God to give him. Solomon chose wisdom so that he could rule his people fairly, and reach the right decisions on the different issues people brought to him. He knew he needed insight and help from a higher power. Joyce pointed out that

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Seeking for wisdom: Bible readings for tomorrow’s service
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Matthew 6:9-10 9 ‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 1 Kings 3:4-28 Solomon asks for wisdom 4 Solomon went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God

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Faith and Fracking
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Anne Thomas has been in touch. She writes: Sometimes it's hard to tell what a Christian response is to topical issues. A friend of mine, Clare Bryden has written this article giving a Christian perspective on the issue of Fracking. I think it downplays the risks of water contamination which have been shown to be a major problem in the USA but is otherwise very sensible. It appears in Third Way magazine - here's a link.

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Listen up!
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A reflection from John Dempster on this morning's service. I loved this morning’s service, an all-age family service led by Ros and Philip Noble. There was for me a real sense of God’s love for us as individuals and as a community. The theme of the service was ‘Listening to God’, and Ros began by reminding us that the root cause of all the wrong stuff we do, all our sin is that we have drifted away from relationship with the Father who loves

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Falling into the Father’s arms and getting rid of the no-good bird (and its nest)
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Love this prayer which Philip led us in repeating at this morning's service: Almighty and merciful Father God You are full of power and mercy, We have been careless of your wise life-giving laws. Too often, like disobedient animals We have been only doing what we want when we want it Not what You want when You want it. Too readily we turn away from seeking or listening to the help And guidance you long to give us for every moment of our lives. This

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Found out and seeking forgiveness
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Bible passages for tomorrow: 2 Samuel 12:1-9:  Found out! The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, ‘There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms.

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