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A faith story: John Dempster
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Earlier this week, I was speaking at the Inverness AGLOW group meeting at the Chieftan Hotel. I shared a wee bit of my story, and thought you might appreciate reading it.   Or you can listen, here. Each one of us, of course, have our own unique, precious and different  stories. Please let me know if you'd like to share yours here on the church site.  John We all have stories to tell about our lives; and we all love hearing other people’s stories!

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Old wisdom: a report of Duncan’s sermon yesterday
Advent 182

These Sundays of Advent, when we are focussed on the birth of Jesus, we are examining other birth stories in the Bible in the light of Christ’s coming.  On the 2nd, we thought about the birth of Moses; on the 9th we thought of  the birth of a less well-known character, Samson as described in Judges 13:1-12 and 24. This passage describes an angel telling Samson’s mum, the wife of Manoah, that she will fall pregnant – miraculously, since hitherto

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Let the man of God you sent come again: a reflection from John
John at Cromarty

The words which really stood out for me in this morning’s Bible reading were these, the prayer of a man named Manoah: ‘Lord, I beg you to let the man of God you sent to come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.’ (Judges 13:8) The background was that this guy and his wife had been unable to have kids. Then his wife  had had a visit from ‘the Angel of the Lord’ while Manoah was away, promising that after all the couple

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The Wise Men: Chris Watt and this year’s Out of the Box pantivity
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Three wise men are touring Scotland this fortnight! A cross between a pantomime and a nativity play, The Wise Men, a ‘pantivity’ for puppets and actors will be performed in 17 venues – schools and churches – across Scotland, including Inshes Church on 13th December at 6.30pm. It’s a production of Out of the Box, an Inverness-based puppet and performing arts charity set up by Chris Watt. The Wise Men script, written by Glasgow-based actor

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Wonderful

Judges 13:2-24 2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 5 You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never

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Yesterday’s Messy Church: some photos taken by Lorna

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Subversive power in the face of oppression : report of Duncan’s sermon this morning
Hope and fear

A very powerful sermon from Duncan this morning on parts of first two chapters in Exodus: 1:8-22 and 2:1-10. The Jewish people had been invited to live in Egypt by an Egyptian Pharaoh, deeply grateful to Joseph whose God-given wisdom had saved Egypt and the surrounding nations from starvation at a time of severe famine.  But time passes. The Jews multiply. ‘A new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’   (Exodus 1:8) This

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This morning’s service: some thoughts from John
Advent181

I loved ‘O come O come Emmanuel’ which we sang this morning, accompanied by the seven traditional ‘Magnificat Antiphons’ read by Ken Walker. The first candle of Advent was lit. It was the beginning of the new church year, a time of reflection in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and I sensed a touch of peace. As I posted yesterday, Duncan recommended some books of reflections on poems and paintings to be used through Advent.  I was tempted

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What are you reading this Advent?
Art of Advent

What are you reading for Advent? Many Christians approach the six weeks from the beginning of Advent to Epiphany, on 6th January – when traditionally churches celebrated the arrival of the Wise Men to see the young Jesus – as an opportunity to reflect on the Jesus who came, who comes to us day be day, and who will come at the end of time. There are many books of reflective readings available to guide us on this journey.  Do let us know if you

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Bible passages for Sunday’s Service
Jesus...Moses

Exodus 1:8-22 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.’ 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labour, and they built Pithom

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