Thanks – from Africa

Here is a message received from Matthias & Sabine thanking the congregation for sending them a donation from the Christmas service offerings to help in their medical work in the Democrat Republic of Congo. Thanks so much for choosing us. This is a big privilege. We will use the money to help with some of the medicines we want to send to the far away health structures that are really suffering. Thank you also a lot for all your prayers that we

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What does love say

‘What does love say?’ It occurred to me that this is a good question to ask when we’re deciding how we should react in a particular situation, and in that crucial split second between hearing and replying.  Is the action or response I’m considering promoted by bitterness, or selfishness, or revenge, or expediency, or by a desire for the easy option? Or by love? Of course I’m aware that this is no easy fix – love may in some circumstances

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Trusting Abba: a reflection on this morning’s service

A reflection by John Dempster on this morning’s sermon. The speaker this morning was the Rev Donald MacQarrie who retired 3 years ago after 22 years of ministry in Fort William. Donald and his wife Pat now live in Inverness, and have been attending Hilton Church for about six months. Donald told us that when Duncan asked him shortly before Christmas if he would take this morning’s service, he was preparing a sermon on the visit of the shepherds

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Counting down to marriage: some important information

Counting down to marriage? This is for you! A wee change in the law affecting folk planning to be married in Scotland. As from 1st March there will be an increase in the minimum period of notice required of intention to marry. It will be increased from the current 14 days between the date notice is given and the date of the marriage to a period of 28 clear days. The practical effect of this is that from 1 March 2015, anyone giving notice of intention

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A Father to Trust – tomorrow’s Bible passages

Psalm 20:7 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Matthew 6:7-34 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 ‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done,

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God’s midwives
Call the midwife

John reflects on a favourite TV show One of my favourite television shows is Call the Midwife, in part because it’s one of the most thoroughly spiritual programmes on any channel just now. It tells the story of Anglican nuns and midwives working in a deprived area of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s based at the Nonnatus House convent. Faith, and especially Christian faith, is regularly a theme in the show – we often glimpse the nuns

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Transformed by the Living Jesus

I popped across at lunch time to the lunchtime service at the Cathedral, just along the road from my office, John writes. Today, in the Church Calendar, we were remembering the conversion of St Paul to Christian faith – the reading was from Acts chapter 9. I really appreciated the thoughts shared by Father Mel Langille who was leading the service. He pointed out how murderously anti-Christian Saul (as he was then known) was before his conversion,

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Church flowers and the change of clothes which changes us
Church flowers

A close-up of the lovely flowers in church today. Duncan pointed them out to us right at the beginning of the service reminding us of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:28-30:  ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow

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Blessed – and agents of blessing

(A reflective report from John Dempster on this morning’s sermon.) I loved Duncan’s sermon this morning on Matthew 5:1-20, particularly on the verses where Jesus mentions those who are ‘blessed’ by God, Duncan gave us what was to me a new way of looking at ‘the Beatitudes.’  I had always read the passage as meaning that Jesus was singling out particular characteristics or attitudes which are present in those whom God blesses – meekness,

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Among those who are blessed are…

Here's Rob Bell's take on Jesus' statements about blessing which Duncan mentioned this morning: Blessed are those who don’t have it all together. Blessed are those who have run out of  strength, ideas, will power, resolve, or energy. Blessed are those who ache because of how severely out of whack the world is. Blessed are those stumble, trip, and fall in the same place again and again. Blessed are those who on a regular basis have a dark day in

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