Jesus revealled

Last Monday, I attended the lunchtime Eucharist at St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness. The priest, Mel Langille, said a few words about the Epiphany season, which began on January 6th when the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus is remembered. The word ‘epiphany’ means a revelation of Jesus’ true identity. Father Mel reminded us that in the early weeks of January the church calendar commemorates a number of ‘epiphanies’ of Jesus. There

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The background against which the wind of the Spirit blows

Here's the video clip Duncan mentioned in his sermon this morning, when discussing the loss of confidence in political structures. Against this background, the wind of the Spirit blows in unexpected places.

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Which wind is at our back?

I loved Duncan's sermon this morning on the passage in Matthew 3:1-17 about Jesus being baptised by John. He’d two key points. The first was that Jesus was 30 at the time of his baptism, which marked the start of his public ministry. Jesus had time to grow in wisdom and maturity until the day came for him to move out of obscurity into the public gaze.  Duncan said he’d had this in mind as a young man – he sensed a call to ministry at the age

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Je suis………..

A reflection from John ‘Je suis Charlie’ tweeted thousands in France this week, showing solidarity with those at the satirical magazine whose lives were taken, and with the principle of freedom of speech. ‘When you did it to them, you did it to me.’ This morning at church we were reflecting on Matthew 3:1-17, which tells the story of the baptism of Jesus by John. John was baptising men and women who knew their lives had to change in the light

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Tomorrow’s Bible passage: John baptises Jesus
St John the B

Here are the Bible passages for tomorrow's service - a rich text which will speak to each of us as we need. Am I called to be a preparer of the way? Do I need a vision of the fierce holiness of God? Am I at a point where I need to take a decisive step to signal my commitment to the work I am called to? Or does my heart cry out to hear God saying to me as God did to Jesus 'You are my beloved child.' Matthew 3:1-17 John the Baptist prepares the way

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God-centred relationship

Here's a wee reflection from Eilidh MacPherson (The Eilidh who is not Duncan's daughter! - I've just discovered there are two!) Many thanks for this, Eilidh (John) As you may know we are coming up to the release of the film '50 Shades of Grey" in the cinemas which I do not believe to depict a God centred relationship and find it sad that this is so popular. However, I wanted others to know that there is an alternative to this movie being released

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Parenting course begins in January: All welcome

Parenting classes for those with children up to P7 are starting in the Light House on Wednesday 7th January at 8pm for 6 weeks. All welcome! A 5 week block of classes for parents of teenagers will begin in February.

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When my life is falling apart

1 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ These three verses from Psalm 11 were among the Narrative Lectionary readings for today, and verse 3 particularly struck me. The speaker is under

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Treasuring precious things: A Teapot parable

This teapot is ‘Picquot ware’ – and costs about £100 new, Jonathan told us this morning. Susie is a fan of Picquot ware, and of the superior type of tea which it provides. Jonathan had tracked down someone who was selling this tea pot in Dalgety Bay, and arranged to buy it for Susie who was absolutely delighted on Christmas morning. We saw the picture to prove it! When I saw it the teapot this morning my immediate reaction was ‘My mother

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Get involved

‘Get involved’ was Jonathan’s challenge to us this morning, reflecting on the implications of Christmas as we head out into 2015. He highlighted some of the dark realities of human experience today: war, refugee crisis, hunger and poverty, family breakdown, mental health issues, illness and disease, and greed and selfishness. We are called, he reminded us, not just to believe in Jesus, but to follow Jesus – going as he went into the reality

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