Monthly Archives: October 2016

Housegroup questions on 1 Kings 17:1-6

Lots of questions to get us thinking – some of them quite challenging. As always, please just choose the ones you feel are right for the folk in your group. Duncan told us that yesterday was ‘Reformation Sunday’, and reminded us that the central conviction of the Reformation was that God saves us freely as we reach out to God, putting our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us – salvation is a free gift, given by God’s grace. It is

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Hymns and songs we sang this morning

Here are the hymns and songs we sang at the service this morning, with links to YouTube versions. Sincere thanks to Graham and Dawn Neville for leading the worship along with Mairi and Margaret. Bless the Lord o my soul I the Lord of sea and sky Christ be our light (Longing for light we wait in darkness) Brother, sister let me serve you Great is thy faithfulness  

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The abundance of the living God: report on Duncan’s sermon on 1 Kings 17:1-16

I so appreciated Duncan’s sermon this morning. He was preaching on 1 Kings 17:1-16, including the story about the prophet Elijah’s unusual food source, which those of us of a certain age will remember, was the theme of the old chorus beginning ‘The ravens wings went flap, flap, flap.’ Duncan showed us the relevance of these verses for us in our lives today, but he began with a bit of history. Martin Luther – Reformation prophet Today, he

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Bible passages for tomorrow’s service

1 Kings 17:1-24 Elijah announces a great drought Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’ Elijah fed by ravens 2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have instructed

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Housegroup questions on 2 Samuel 7:1-17

As usual, please just attempt the questions which seem right for your group! Duncan mentioned the fact that King David was given a period of ‘rest’ (v1) in which he could reflect about the future. How easy do the people in the group find it to be still, seeking God, and seeking wisdom for the way ahead? What are the obstacles to this creative, prayerful stillness in your life? How would you advise someone who tells you that they have great difficulty

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Soul friend: some personal thoughts from John

Spiritual direction A personal reflection from John What particularly resonated with me in the sermon this morning was Duncan’s reference to finding someone whose wisdom and love we recognise and trust, who will help and encourage us on our faith journey. When we’re perplexed and don’t know the way ahead, it can be very easy to find comfort and support from someone who comes with fixed ideas which they tell us we must buy into if we are to

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Trusting God’s promise: a report on Duncan’s sermon this morning

This morning, Duncan was preaching on 2 Samuel 7:1-17. Last Sunday, he reminded us, we were reflecting on the birth of Samuel. He grew up to be a great prophet, and anointed Saul as the Jewish people’s first king.  But by the time we reach 2 Samuel 7, Samuel has died, King David is on the throne, David who rose from being a shepherd boy to reign as a superstar monarch. His time as king was Israel’s high point – thereafter, during the reign

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“On the Road” comes to Inverness: Listening, sharing, planning

On the road: Listening, sharing, planning Kirk leaders are going ‘On the Road' this autumn running a series of day and evening events across the country to listen to the voice of people in the local Church – to hear your views on what we need to do to enable a flourishing Church into the 2020s and beyond. ‘On the Road’ reaches Inverness this Thursday, 27th October – see details below. ‘On the Road' is a process designed to enable the

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God’s promise to King David: Bible passages for Sunday’s service

2 Samuel 7:1-17 God’s promise to David 7 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, ‘Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.’ 3 Nathan replied to the king, ‘Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.’ 4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: 5 ‘Go

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A chance to explore Highland Theological College

Highland Theological College Access/BA Conference Day Sat 29th October, 10am-3.15pm What’s HTC like? Who studies there? Why?! What are the lecturers like? What’s HTC’s relevance to the church? Have you ever wondered these things? Maybe you’re interested in doing a bit of study…? Maybe you’re just curious…? Come along and see for yourself what HTC is like. Listen to a lecture, browse in the library, meet some lecturers and students,

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