Monthly Archives: April 2015

Life Building

A wee reflection from John I’ve a birthday this month! When another milestone passes, many of us, especially as we get a little older look back over our lives, and try to imagine the future. I guess all of us have different mental pictures when we look back: the image which popped into my mind this morning as I thought about this was about of one of those rather grand Georgian terraces, incomplete at one end. The structure was shapely, and satisfying,

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Care for the elderly

Contact the Elderly is a UK wide charity which aims to alleviate the loneliness and isolation of older adults. In Inverness they have five Sunday Tea Party groups and five Friendship groups which meet midweek and which have vacancies for new guests. The groups are free to attend and for most groups a driver will collect you and take you home again. If you would like more informationthere is a poster and some flyers in the church foyer. You can contact

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The big vote: things to think about

The Christian 'think tank' Ekklesia has published an interesting document to help us as Christians think through the issues involved in the forthcoming election. It is here. This is centred on 10 key ethical principles which the folk at Ekklesia urge us to have in mind when we vote: A commitment to favouring the poorest and most vulnerable Actively redressing social and economic injustices and inequalities Welcoming the stranger and valuing displaced

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In the footsteps of Uriah: engagement in a suffering world

John writes: I was thinking this morning about those suffering in the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake, and of the suffering of refugees and migrants, many of them our fellow-Christians. And I thought how easy it is to be numbed by so much pain. An incident from the Bible came to mind – a glow of honour in a very sordid tale. It’s from 2nd Samuel 11. King David, who has remained at ease in his palace rather than joining his troops on a distant

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God’s gift of inner wholeness

Just a thought. This morning we were thinking about God uniting us as God’s people, with a unity which is deeper than our many differences of personality and experience, but which is enriched by those very differences. It also true that we have a vision of a future, whatever the fulfillment  will look like in practical terms where the whole of God’s creation is brought together as one through Christ. If God can bring together in unity very different

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Faith in the future – the way ahead
faith in the future

At the Faith in the Future day on 7th March folk from the church (around 100 of us were there) were invited to share thoughts about the way ahead for Hilton Church. Detailed feedback from this event was made available before Easter, and comments on the feedback were invited. This morning, Duncan brought us up to date on the elders’ reflections on what has been learned, and how they sense it will shape the future. The Kirk Session met on Tuesday

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Elaine Watt’s moving experience of working with children

(I loved this talk from Elaine Watt this morning. It's about Scripture Union camps and the love that motivates them; about the value, uniqueness and preciousness of individuals, about listening to God's whispers, about an opportunity to support a Holiday Club in October. Above all its about the love of God which was very evident in the loveliness of spirit with which Elaine spoke.) Names are important, don’t you think? New parents sometimes agonise

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Immigration, Christ in the stranger, unity in diversity: a powerful sermon from Duncan
On a missiom

If I had been Duncan, I would have felt a sense of humble joy this morning after Elaine spoke about Scripture Union camps and working with children. (I’ll be posting Elaine’s very moving talk later.) Because Elaine’s theme – the fact that each child on the list of the names of those coming to a camp is an individual with their own unique personalities and personal stories, an individual to be welcomed and included – exactly meshed with

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Paradigm shifts – life transformations
Paradigm shift

(I'd hoped to write this earlier in the week, but didn't get a chance until this afternoon. John) In the course of the Bible passage we looked at during last Sunday’s service, St Peter was given a revolutionary new insight – the message of Jesus was good news not just for the Jewish nation, but for all people. So radical was this insight that Duncan described it as a ‘conversion.’ Another word I find helpful in describing fundamental changes

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On a mission: the early church reaches out. Bible readings for tomorrow’s service
On a missiom

Here are the Bible passages for tomorrow's service: Acts 13:1-3 1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed

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