Parting Gift

Sunday, 2 June: Acts1:1-11 & Luke 24:44-53 For the Sunday following the Day of Ascension Jack encourages the congregation to remember they are citizens of two realms and how this is made possible by a parting gift from Jesus. Note: The recorder did not immediately start recording and so the introduction

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Somebody’s Coming

Sunday 26 May: Acts 16:9-15 & John 14:23-29 For the Sixth Sunday of Easter, and following the decisions made at the recent General Assembly about the future governance, structures and mission of the Church of Scotland, Jack uses this week’s gospel reading to remind the congregation of what is the

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A New Commandment

Sunday 19 May: Acts 11:1-15 & John 13:31-35 For the Fifth Sunday of Easter Jack seeks to widen the congregation’s understanding of Jesus’ command to love one another by demonstrating how the passage, and its wider context, reveals it to be the human response necessary to the cosmic work of

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Their Master’s Voice

Sunday 12 May: Acts 9:36-43 & John 10:22-30 The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It was also this year the start of Christian Aid Week and the service used visual material and words created by Christian Aid focused on their work among pregnant women in

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Extravagant Love

Sunday, 7 April: Isaiah 43:16-21 & John 12:1-8 For the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday), Jack uses the division and chaos being caused by the UK withdrawal from Europe (Brexit!) to look at why Jesus died on the Cross, and why this was something God said must happen. The

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Lost and Found

Sunday, 31 March: Joshua 5:9-12 & Luke 15:1-3 & 11-24 For the Fourth Sunday in Lent (also Mothering Sunday), Jack looks afresh at the Parable of the Prodigal Son around the theme of ‘homecoming’ using a famous painting by Rembrandt and its impact upon the spiritual writer Henri Nouwen. Lost

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One Last Chance

Sunday, 24 March: Isaiah 55:1-9 & Luke 13:1-9 For the Third Week of Lent Jack invites the congregation to consider afresh what Jesus meant by ‘repentance’, and to recognise it is a call to a change in mind-set and worldview within society as opposed to just in regard to issues of personal

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The Fox and the Hen

Sunday 17 March: Genesis 15:1-6 & Luke 13:31-35 This year the Second Sunday in Lent fell on the Sunday the congregation holds its Annual Stated Meeting following the service. This means the service is reduced in length to accommodate and so rather than a sermon Jack provides a short homily around

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A Tempting Offer

Sunday, 10 March: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 & Luke 4:1-13   For the First Sunday in Lent Jack invites the congregation to see the story of Jesus being tested within the wider context of both the gospel and the Old Testament and to realise it becomes matter of personal identity: God’s, Jesus’s

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Let Down Your Nets

Sunday, 10 February: Isaiah 6:1-8 & Luke 5:1-11 For the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Jack looks at the story of Jesus and the great catch of fish to proclaim to the congregation about the nature of the Christian call to mission and evangelism that applies to everyone. In a world

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