Monthly Archives: February 2015

The extravagant generosity of God: Bible reading for Sunday’s service

Bible passages for Sunday The extravagant generosity of God Matthew 20:1-16 The parable of the workers in the vineyard ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 ‘About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the market-place doing nothing. 4 He told them, “You also go and

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Caring for the environment: our Christian calling

A message from Anne Thomas: Hilton Church is now a member of  Eco-congregations. But why should Christians care for the environment? This video puts it very well.    

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Laura Keen’s project with Latin Link

Just found this link on the Latin Link web site to reports from the project Laura Keen was involved with in Guatemala last summer.

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Stepping or Striding: a challenge to work with Latin Link

At this morning’s service we heard from Martin Howarth, the Scottish Co-ordinator for Latin Link, a mission agency working in South America – Laura Keen from Hilton Church worked with Latin Link on a three-week programme in Guatemala last summer. Martin is on a mission – to sign up 20 people from Scotland who feel a sense of call to work on short, or longer-term programmes with Latin Link. Martin highlighted two objectives of Latin Link in

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The river of God

John writes: Of all the songs we sang at this morning's service, the Stuart Townend song, Will you hide me in your shelter? (See below) impressed me most. I got to thinking about healing streams, and on ‘the river’ as a metaphor for God’s Spirit in our lives. We drink from the river, and are refreshed. We bathe in the river, and are cleaned. We are stilled by the reassuring sound of the current. We are blessed by the habitat on the river banks

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Corrie ten Boom

Here's an interview with Corrie ten Boom about her time in the concentration camp. Duncan mentioned her this morning. And here's another link about Corrie ten Boom:

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Building healthy relationships

This morning, Duncan was preaching on Matthew 18:15-35, exploring Jesus’ teaching on maintaining good relationships in the community of his followers. Duncan reminded us that on the 7th March we’re all invited to meet and contribute to discussions on the Hilton Church of the future, as we seek to discern which, of the many things we could do, God is actually calling us to do. It is a huge encouragement when it penetrates to our hearts, as it

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The Listening Church

Deitrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together wrote, "Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians because Christians are talking when they should be listening. He who no longer listens to his brother will soon no longer be listening to God either." This statement challenges churches to consider how well we listen to others but also to reflect on the implications of poor listening for our faith journey and relationship

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Challenging sin; forgiving and being forgiven

Here are the Bible passages for tomorrow. Serious stuff about challenging sinfulness, while showing that we appreciate our own experience of God's forgiveness in being ready to forgive others. And about our responsibility, accompanied by Jesus, to be heaven's representatives on earth. What does this mean in practical terms for each of us? Matthew 18:15-35 Dealing with sin in the church 15 ‘If your brother or sistersins, go and point out their

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Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?

Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust? Here's a link to the blog post by Jan Richardson which Duncan referred to at the Ash Wednesday reflection this evening at the Light House. It contains a moving poem, which Duncan read: Blessing the Dust A Blessing for Ash Wednesday All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest

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