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Someone quoted to me words from the old Christian classic The Cloud of Unknowing  yesterday: “For He can well be loved, but he cannot be thought. By love he can be grasped and held, but by thought, neither grasped nor held.” I love these words, because I realise there is so much about God that is beyond words, beyond understanding, beyond knowledge. But I think there are some things which can be known, though only partially understood.  And

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He is risen indeed….
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Thanks to everyone who helped at Dores Beach this morning…..
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The fire burns brightly
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‘Why do you have an Easter Service on Dores Beach?’ Andreas asked me at church on Friday. I talked about the tradition of dawn services on Easter Sunday, marking the Rising of the Son; I talked about the risen Jesus appearing to his disciples on a beach, cooking a breakfast of fish over the fire; I talked about the special place Dores Beach has in many of our hearts. ‘One of the most beautiful places in the world,’ someone said – and on

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The sun shines through grey clouds
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As we were singing one of the songs this morning at Dores, Iain Todd touched me on the shoulder. ‘Look!’ he said, pointing at the trees, gaunt on the shoreline against a grey sky. I following his finger, and saw a brightness, and then the unmistakable presence of the sun. It was visible for less than a minute, but it was enough. Sometimes the Risen Jesus seems hidden in the grey mist of our struggles. And a times we will be granted glimpses of

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This morning’s service at Dores Beach
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This morning, a good number of us met on the beach at Dores to celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It was bitterly cold, and smirring with rain at times, but we gathered round the fire and led by Jonathan on guitar, sang some well-known songs. ‘He is Lord, he is risen from the dead and he is Lord’; ‘Because he lives, I can face tomorrow.’ ‘Amazing grace.’  Some of the young people contributed readings, and the Adam

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Songs we sang in church this morning
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Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day Jesus Christ is risen today See what a morning, gloriously bright I cast my mind to Calvary where Jesus bled and died for me This life I live is not my own for my Redeemer paid the price The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases Thine be the glory

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Bible readings for Easter Sunday service
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Luke 24:1-12 Jesus has risen 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces

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A shortage of disciples……
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John's Christian Viewpoint piece from last week's Highland News: There was a shortage of disciples, so I volunteered. My friend Iain Todd is producing a play which will be performed at Hilton Church in Inverness at 7.30pm next Thursday evening, Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Called The Disciples at the Supper, and written back in 1997 by Pat Jones, widow of Dr Willis Jones who was well-known in Inverness, it depicts the final meal Jesus

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What’s on at Hilton Church over Easter……
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Sunday 9th April, 10.30am – Palm Sunday all-age worship Thursday 13th April, 7.30pm – ‘The Disciples at the Supper’ Friday 14th April, 7.30pm – Good Friday service Sunday 16th April, 8.30am – Breakfast on Dores Beach Sunday 16th April, 10.30am – Easter Sunday all-age worship You are warmly invited to attend on some or all of these occasions.

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