Monthly Archives: January 2016

Unnecessary purchases….

At the start of the service, Donald read the first few verses of Isaiah 55: ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may

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The Whopping Prodigal Party

He mentioned that God always gives extra certainly in spiritual terms – God gives more than we need. And I guess this is in keeping with who God is: God is into superabundance – look at the size of the universe, or the range of physical and biological life on the planet. God isn’t simply a ‘glass full’ person, but a ‘glass full and perpetually running over’ person. Look at the prodigal son story. The father might have granted his errant

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The things we love and the God who loves us
Jessica Heart

A lovely kids’ talk from Donald Macquarrie this morning. He began with a number of impressive imitations of the victory gestures of various athletes, including Andy Murray (commiserations on today’s result, Andy, but well done making the final!); Seve Ballasteros and Jessica Ennis, who makes heart shape with the fingers of her two hands. And that prompted the theme of his discussion with the children. ‘What do we love?’ he asked them? The

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Open to God’s grace: report and reflection on this morning’s sermon
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A report and reflection on Donald MccQuarrie’s sermon this morning on Mark 6:1-29 (the sections in italic are John’s thoughts) ‘There’s a lot in these verses,’ Donald began, noting the three sections the passage is divided into: (a) Jesus returns to his home town, Nazareth (vv1-6); (b) Jesus sends his disciples off to share the news of the kingdom of God as they have seen him doing (vv6-13); (c) John the Baptist suffers the consequences

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Listening and sharing…. Bible passages for tomorrow’s service

Mark 6:1-29; Psalm 122 Reflection from John Here are the Bible passages for tomorrow! Nothing really ‘leaps out at me’, but one challenge I noticed in the Mark passages was that of how we respond to God’s truth. There are the folk who were ‘amazed’ (v2) for the wrong reason. There are those who reject the apostle’s message (v11) – and lose the chance, at least for that moment to enter into the blessings it offers.  There’s Herodias,

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Burns at the Afternoon Tea……

News from Donald about Wednesday's Afternoon Tea for over-60s. (Thanks Donald!) Another gathering and a good turnout took place on Wednesday and as always, was enjoyed by all. In addition to the usual delicious cakes / biscuits, teas, coffees etc., oatcakes and cheese were to the fore as a tribute to The Bard. Jonathan Fraser made a solo appearance reciting Tam o’Shanter with great enthusiasm and spirit resulting in much applause and appreciation

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The wind blows…….

The sky dark at 10am this morning, the rain battering down, and the wind – what a wind! We’re perhaps a little alarmed by its strength, and yet, compared with the power of God, this morning’s mastering storm was as one grain of sand among all the grains of sand on all the beaches of a thousand billion worlds like ours. This is the God who comes gently, and wells up from a deep place in us. So gentle, that we might consider God tame and biddable.

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Questions for house groups on Mark 5:21-43
Jesus healer

For what reasons did it call for courage on the part of Jairus and the woman with the haemorrhage to come and ask for Jesus’ help?  In what ways can it take courage for us to come to Jesus with a problem? Looking at the whole passage, what do Jairus and the woman teach us about the nature of faith? What signs are there of Jesus the Healer at work in the world today? How do you react to accounts of Jesus the Healer in the light of the fact that

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Outrageous Grace; Contagious Faith – Women across Highlands Conference

See below for details of the conference on May 21st. See  the 'Women across the Highlands' web-site.  Click here to download a PDF of the conference programme, and here for the booking form.

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Connecting with Jesus – a thought from tomorrow’s Bible passage

Connecting with Jesus - a thought from John about tomorrow's Bible story Many people were jostling Jesus as he made his way through the crowd. No doubt some of them had health problems or other issues which Jesus could have helped with. But one woman, in desperation, touches him, seeking in that touch to connect with the person she is convinced can heal her. And immediately she is well. My thought this morning is simply this: many of us jostle Jesus:

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