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11 years at Hilton: thanksgiving for Jonathan and Susie’s ministry

Jonathan joined the church staff on 1st June 2008, and he, Susie and now Charlie and Angus have been part of the Hilton Church journey since then. But Jonathan leaves his post next Sunday – he will be studying for a PhD at the Highland Theological College UHI, and will be lecturing their part time. This morning we marked the Fraser’s departure with a gift, and a celebratory church lunch. Before Brian Gunn, the Senior Elder made the presentation

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Salt and Light

This morning, Eilidh Macpherson led us in a reflection on going back to school, focussing on Matthew 5:13-16: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it

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Back to School Sunday

This week marks a new beginning for lots of people who attend school, work in schools or for schools, and those who have children or grandchildren attended school. For some people it’s a Very Special Week: you’re entering Primary 1, or Secondary 1; you’re starting a new job in a school. Duncan began the service this morning with a very helping message of encouragement from Isiaiah: For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand

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Poems by Anne Thomas – 1
Anne Thomas

‘Rhymes Recollected’ begins in the small hall on Monday 9th September. It’s a fortnightly opportunity for older people to meet together and share poems – either ones which they have written themselves, or ones meaningful to them.  It’s designed to be a dementia friendly event, so folk with dementia are very welcome to come along with a carer. ‘Rhymes Recollected’ runs from 2pm to 3pm every fortnight. The theme for 9th September is

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Balloons on the Communion Table

‘There’s a sign-up sheet on the communion table for next week’s BBQ,’ Duncan told us as he introduced the service this morning. He pointed at the table, pushed back against the wall. I looked at it, and that act of looking was, for me, the most significant moment in the service. On the communion table, I saw (i) four folder offering bags (ii) at least three sign-up sheets (iii) a pot of felt-tipped pens (iv) a packet of balloons (v) six or

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Bible passages for Sunday

Psalm 146 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the

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Secure in God’s love: thoughts from John on Psalm 40
John on Harris

Jonathan reminded us this morning of our security as children of the God.  He referred to ‘waiting on God’ both in terms of an initial seeking of help from God, and as a mark of the disciplined Christian life. David’s Psalm seems to refer to specific incidents in the author’s life, times of prayer and rescue. I’m just not sure how comfortable I am in applying it to every hard time we face as Christian people.  I’m aware of times when

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Waiting on God: Jonathan’s sermon on Psalm 40
Psalm 40

Waiting on God Jonathan preached this morning on Psalm 40, focussing on verses 1-3 and 11-13.  The theme of the Psalm, written by David, is on the benefits of ‘waiting for the Lord.’  This can be hard for us, Jonathan emphasised, given that our culture’s emphasis  on ‘convenience’ and instant access means that ‘waiting patiently’ is a dying art. Waiting patiently I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

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Worry and chronic anxiety: thoughts from John
John D1

Thanks Phil for this morning's sermonon Pslam 27  about worry – acknowledging that bad stuff happens, but assuring us that God the rock in whom we trust will not let us go.  You quoted the verse from Psalm 23 about God being with us in ‘the valley of the shadow of death.’  I think that is key to our deepest worries about personal security: if we realise that our bodies will one day die, but our spirits will live on, secure in God, then we

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Don’t worry: Phil’s sermon on Psalm 27

The clock was ticking.  Phil’s job was coming to an end in a few month’s time. He needed to find work from that date. But as the months rolled by – six months, four months, one month – he told us he had a sense of calm and was not troubled by worries, because he was convinced the situation was in God’s control, and that God had a job for him. Folk who knew him were worried on his behalf, but his sense of peace remained. Three weeks. Two

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