Wild God and Immanuel: mystery and love
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The shepherds were out doing their normal shepherdly stuff when ‘an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.’ (Luke 2:9) A key emphasis at Christmas is that in Jesus, God makes Godself accessible to us. God comes to where we are, and reveals to us authentically what God is like. But the God who set the whole vast universe dancing, and partners it until the end of time combines outreaching

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Tragedy at Christmas
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The Christmas lights are turned off in the centre of Glasgow; the fairground rides in George Square dark and silent. We pray for all involved in yesterday’s tragedy – those who lost loved ones, those in hospital, the traumatised eyewitnesses, the emergency services team. In some small way we enter into the grief of those living beneath shadow which yesterday fell over Christmas. The tragedy puts Christmas into context, reminding us of the many

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Looking for me
Looking for me

Here's a link to the video Jonathan played at the start of this morning's service, reflecting that all our deepest longings are expressions of our hunger for God. And here are the words. (YHWH is the most holy Jewish name for God, used in the first part if the Bible.) YHWH I am the might before the sword The tremors in the spear shaft I craft my ways from blazes of firestorms Absorb the failings of deadened ends To render the floors I dance upon

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Our Christmas Sunday Service
Nat and the baby

See here for lots of pictures of this morning's service.

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Nativity Service tomorrow
The Incarnation Changed Everything

Tomorrow at Hilton Church - all-age nativity service, followed by soup lunch. All welcome! (10am) Here's the Bible passage for tomorrow: Matthew 1:18-26 Joseph accepts Jesus as his son 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b]

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Lighting the 3rd Advent candle this morning……
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Baptism of Caelan Glen McGillivray
Ducncan and baby

At the service this morning, Caelan Glen McGillivray was baptised. Here are a couple of pictures of the family (Leanne, Stephen and Caelan's sister Isla.

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Served and serving – a report and reflection on this morning’s service
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A report from John Dempster on this morning’s sermon. Duncan began the sermon, which centred on Isaiah 42:1-9, by thinking back to 9/11 reflecting on the impact which the destruction of the Twin Towers has had on subsequent history. The ‘war against terrorism,’ and the associated torture of suspects which has been highlighted over the last week has, far from bringing peace, simply promoted further terrorism and conflict. Things could have been

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The servant king
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Bible passages for tomorrow’s service Isaiah 42:1-9 The servant of the Lord 1 ‘Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4     he will not falter or

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Advent reflection: arrival or journey?
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Are you looking forward to Christmas? ‘Watch, Prepare, Rejoice, Behold’ – four themes of advent, each word written on one of the Advent candles in the banner which hangs in the church at this time of year. It’s a time when we look forward to the coming of the king. We await the arrival of Baby Jesus, winding ourselves back in time, anticipating the promised nativity. We look ahead in faith to the future coming of the king at the end of time,

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