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Identity, Unity, Grace – reflections from John on this morning’s sermon
John at Scone

John writes: There’s really nothing to add to Fiona’s sermon which gives such a powerful description of our identity as Christian believers.  But just a few thoughts. All one St Paul had this wonderful vision of the unity of the Christian family. ‘All one in Christ.’ Fiona described a society where all the things we use as descriptors of our identity, all the things which might divide us by putting us into different ‘boxes’ are put to

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Who am I? Our identity as Christians – a report of a sermon from Fiona
Fiona

A great sermon from Fiona Waite this morning on Galatians 3:1-9; 23-29. ‘Who am I?’  Fiona began by talking about our sense of identity, and the fact that many folk seem to be unsure of the answer to that question. Am I ‘me’ as I project myself on social media? We long to ‘be someone,’ to be clear about our identity. And yet, Fiona said, for many of us there is no clarity. ‘Who am I?’ we ask ourselves. This is a key issue which St

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service: Healing and wholeness is God’s gift to us, not earned, but received by faith
Righteosness

Galatians 3:1-9 Faith or works of the law 3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain –

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Housegroup questions on last Sunday’s sermon, which was from Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21
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Housegroup questions on last Sunday’s sermon, which was from Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 Duncan described the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of St Paul’s life as described in 1:13-17. How was the ‘after’ picture different from the ‘before’ picture. Do you think there were any similarities between his former way of life, and his new way of being? Paul said that God revealed his son ‘in me’ (1:15) Do you think that is different from saying

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Hymns we sang on Sunday
Love divine

(Not all of these links have the same tunes as we used on Sunday) Just as I am We are marching in the light of God How lovely is your dwelling place Oh God you search me and you know me Love divine all loves excelling

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Belonging: a personal reflection from John on Sunday’s sermon
J&M

What Duncan said this morning is wonderfully true.  It is liberating and transformative to know that we are loved, accepted, cherished by God simply as a result of God’s wonderful love and grace. Paul referred to Jesus being revealed ‘in me’ (Galatians 1:15) by God.  I think this is a significant word – it’s not a question of learning facts about Jesus or getting our head around complicated doctrines, otherwise our ‘understanding’

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By faith, through Christ, by grace: a report of Duncan’s sermon on Sunday
Saint Paul

What does it mean to ‘belong’ to the church?  That was Duncan’s theme this morning as we explored some of St Paul’s writings to the Galatian Christians. But he began by talking about adverts – on-line and in the press. He often comes across ads featuring ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. The ‘before’ picture shows someone before they use the toothpaste, or engage with the diet, or have the Botox treatment; the ‘after’ picture

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Bible passages for Sunday’s Service
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Galatians 1:13-17 13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,

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Here are the songs we sang at church yesterday
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I cast my  mind to Calvary All heavens declare the glory of the risen Lord The Lord bless you and keep you - Couldn’t find the version we sang on-line, but here’s John Rutter’s equally lovely version Your grace is enough, more than I need How deep the Father’s love for us Before the throne of God above Amazing grace  

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Listen well

'Effective listening' course, delivered by Listen Well Scotland on 15th/16th June. Click here for full details and Application form.

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