Monthly Archives: May 2015

It’s our time in the Hampden of history
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A wee thought from John ‘This is our time’ the Caley Thistle slogan insisted. And so it proved to be yesterday afternoon. ‘You missed a party last night in Inverness!’ the owner of the B&B where we were staying said as he brought breakfast to our table this morning. But I was thinking of the significance of that phrase to us as Christians – both collectively, and as individuals. This is our time – now! Depending on our age we can

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Beside the living waters
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I wasn’t at church this morning because Lorna and I have been down in Perthshire for a couple of nights, so I can’t blog about the sermon. But the likening of the person who is blessed to a tree planted beside a river resonates: from our B&B bedroom we could look across the lawn to the River Tay gliding past, and yesterday morning we walked up the gorge through which the Moness Burn plunges down to Aberfeldy. The walk was immortalised by

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Planted by the river of life: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service
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Bible reading for tomorrow's service: Psalm 1 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They

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Susie’s Fund-raising challenge
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Susie's fund-raising challenge! Message from Susie Fraser I have decided to do the Loch Ness 10k in September and I am raising money for the MS society. My wee sister, was diagnosed with MS when she was pregnant nearly two years ago. She truly is an inspiration when I see her so unwell at times but trying to get on with being a wife and mum. I want to raise the awareness that there are a lot of people including young mums suffering from this and

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Concert to raise funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief – an invitation from Julie Keen
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An invitation from Julie Keen: There will be a lunchtime concert in Inverness Cathedral on June 25th at 1pm. Entry is free but donations will be welcomed for the International Nepal Fellowship Earthquake Relief Fund. Accompanied by Peter Donald, I will be singing a variety of songs, and James Ross and Robert Wallace will be performing pieces for Clarinet and Accordion ranging from French Cafe style music to film themes. The concert should be fun

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Walk in the light
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Two of the songs we sang this morning which I particularly appreciated. The first goes to the tune of the old hymn ‘He did not come to judge the world.’  The second I learned the first time I worked on a Scripture Union Mission team in St Andrews in the summer of 1974. It was the very first time I had shared Christian community in a real way; the first time I had woken up and shared the day with people of my own age. It showed me something new,

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Celebration
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At this morning’s service, Donald and the children helped us celebrate what happened on the first Pentecost. Here’s the story: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with

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Pentecost questions – and some answers
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John reflects on some of the issues Pentecost raises in his mind. Please add your own thoughts using the comments feature! I really appreciated Donald’s sermon this morning. I came along to the Pentecost service reflecting on the newness of the Pentecost event to the first Christians. And this raised some questions in my mind. How did the way earlier people encountered God differ from the way Christians do – after all Jesus suggested something

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The birthday of the church – and its implications for today
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A report from John of this morning’s sermon. A warm, love-filled pastoral sermon from Donald Macquarrie this morning about birthday of the church back in the 1st century which we celebrate today on Pentecost Sunday, and about the implications of Pentecost for us in the week ahead. Pentecost was one of the annual festivals which saw the Jewish people flocking to Jerusalem. It was, Donald told us, a harvest-related festival. The symbolism was apt,

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Pentecost Sunday: the future invaded the present and is born in our hearts: Bible readings for Sunday
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Pentecost: the Spirit is given; Christ lives in us; we are loved with an unshakable, unwavering divine love; we are supported and empowered through all the struggles and challenges life brings; in our hearts the future is present to us. Can you wonder that, on our clearer-seeing days we are full of joy at God's blessings and share the good news with those around us? Here are the Bible readings for Sunday, Pentecost Sunday: Acts 2:1-4 The Holy Spirit

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