Monthly Archives: July 2016

Hope in hard times: reflection on Barry’s sermon

Barry Dennis was preaching at short notice this morning, and shared with us some thoughts on a Christian perspective on Hope, based on a story from the first part of the Bible, Genesis 48:1-22.  (Report and reflection from John) It’s about an old man, Jacob, one of the Jewish ‘patriarchs’ praying with his son Joseph, and blessing two of his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh. I think what struck me most about the sermon was Barry’s description

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Bible passages for tomorrow: ‘My eyes have seen you!’
Seen Father

God continues to reveal the divine mystery and wonder to Job, who realises that it’s beyond his ability to understand God and God’s ways of being and doing.  The rest of chapter 42, which we’ll be looking at next Sunday, shows us that despite (perhaps because of) Job’s confession that he can’t understand God, God is pleased with his honesty and integrity. But from a Christian point of view I think there’s more to say. Job concludes (Ch

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Bible passages from Job – and a reflection from John on Christ the Redeemer

These passages are incredibly powerful! Here’s Job in chapter 14, a man of his time. Death is seen as being the end.  Yet he longs for some hope of something better beyond the darkness. Yes, hide me in the grave if you must, but ‘if only you would set me a time, and then remember me.’ (14:13)  Many of our friends today see death as the end. Some are resigned to the finality of this; others have a hunger within them, a longing for the eternity

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When tragedy comes: reflection from John on this morning’s sermon
John at Scone

Thoughts from John Thanks for this sermon, Donald. Job is a difficult book to preach on! I suspect that some of us still have the suspicion that bad things are a sign that we have in some way offended God, and so it’s important to affirm, as Donald did, that God loves us with a deep, unwavering love – a love which in the words of the Chaplain Donald quoted, walks with us through our valleys of sorrow. We often speak about ‘Job’s comforters’

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Job – a man faithful to the end

Donald MacQuarrie was preaching this morning – the second of the summer series reflecting on the book of Job in the Old Testament. Donald began by admitting that he wasn’t perhaps the best-equipped person to lead a study on Job. Although he has experienced the loss of parents and some close friends, his life has been ‘tragedy free’ when compared with Job’s colossal sufferings. And yet he reminded us that, as we see daily in the news, our

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The Higher Love has a Name

Came across this song the other day. Steve Windwood's Higher Love. As I Christian, I believe that this Higher Love has a name - 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16)   (John) Higher Love Think about it, there must be higher love Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above Without it, life is a wasted time Look inside your heart, I'll look

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Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

We’re still reflecting on the life of Job. In the aftermath of the disasters we read about last week, Job is afflicted by painful sores. (see ch 2) He expresses his anguish; friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar try to comfort him, but bring words which can’t plumb the depths of his pain. Reading the verses below I think there are two lessons. One, there will be times when we feel desolate and abandoned by God. Job gives as permission to express

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He gives and takes away…

Here's Matt Redman's powerful song Blessed be your name which reflects the theme of David's sermon this morning, and quotes from the passage from Job. Blessed Be Your Name In the land that is plentiful Where Your streams of abundance flow Blessed be Your name Blessed Be Your name When I'm found in the desert place Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed Be Your name Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise When the darkness closes

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News from David Whillis

David gave us  an update this morning on his plans for the future. He is currently studying at the Highland Theological College as a candidate for the Church of Scotland ministry.  One year down, two to go, he said! Ultimately, he hopes to be ordained as a local minister and to work in Hilton Church in a ministry to older people, for example holding services through the week. He tells us that he is enjoying the course very much! Blessings to you,

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Keeping faith in times of anguish

A personal reflection from John on Job 1:1-22 I really appreciated David’s sermon this morning. There are parts of Job chapter one which are quite disturbing – notably the suggestion that God somehow makes a wager with the Accuser over Job’s response to suffering. I don’t think this helps us discern an answer as we struggle to understand why suffering happens. I passionately believe with David that God holds us safe, wrapped in God’s everlasting

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