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Sermons

 


A Welcome for All - Liz Gordon, 20 August

Do you know what excites and delights me most about our refurbished building? Is it the smart new rooms in the tower, is it the wee secret kitchen at the back of the church or perhaps it's the sophisticated sound system with all its exciting possibilities? Well actually, no.  My heart sings when ... Download to keep reading

 

God is Alive, Magic is Afoot - Andrew Bain, 25 June

Jeremiah 20: 7-13; Matthew 10: 24-39
So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
The other night I was waiting for a bus on Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, the area where Sean Connery famously worked as a milkman for St Cuthbert’s Store ... Download to keep reading


Meeting the Three Persons of God - Liz Gordon, 11 June

As has been said, today is Trinity Sunday. When I was studying to be a lay reader, this wee book (Trinity 101) was the recommended reading on the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The author begins chapter four with these words ‘It’s been said that more heresy is (accidentally) preached on Trinity Sunday than at any other time of the year.’ ... Download to keep reading

 

Fake News v The Truth - Andrew Bain, 7 May

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life and have it more abundantly”.
This is an interesting time to be thinking about this Gospel against a background claims and counter-claims in the political arena, where no-one seems able to say with anything even remotely like confidence just what is true. Jesus warns against false shepherds ... Download to keep reading


Strangers and Angels - Liz Gordon, 30 April

Last week I told you that Peter’s first sermon had spectacular results. Well, today we see just how well his message was received, because we read ‘So those who welcomed his message were baptised and that day about three thousand persons were added to their number.’ Three thousand! What was it that made Peter such a powerful messenger? ... Download to keep reading


Faith and Doubt - Liz Gordon, 23 April

“What's that actor called?” “No idea.” “But they're in lots of things. You know that programme with Judy Dench and they were in that film with Hugh Grant” “No sorry, can't put a name to them but you're right they're in loads of stuff.” Today's readings feature two characters Peter and Thomas. They've been appearing with Jesus for three years now. One we’re very familiar with ... Download to keep reading


Hints of Resurrection - Andrew Bain, 16 April (Easter Sunday)

Matthew is definitely the special effects Gospel writer. He’s the one who gives us tombs cracking open to yield up their dead, rocks splitting and the temple curtain dramatically ripped right down the middle. And he doesn’t disappoint here ... Download to keep reading


The Breath of Life - Andrew Bain, 2 April (Lent 5)

Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11: 1-45

Well, two almost overpoweringly dramatic stories about the God who raises the dead. “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.” “Lazarus, come forth!” This is the stuff of legends ... Download to keep reading

 

A Night Vistor - Liz Gordon, 12 March (Lent 2)

Picture a scene from one of those old spy movies. The streets are dark and our hero is walking rapidly, his coat collar turned up and his trilby pulled low over his eyes. As he reaches his destination ... Download to keep reading


An Invitation to Come Home - Andrew Bain, 5 March (Lent 1)

There’s a wonderful kind of contrast in today’s readings. On the one hand you get Adam and Eve succumbing to temptation, though not without a bit of a struggle; and on the other Jesus winning out over temptation, although again not without struggle. And what fascinates me is that ... Download to keep reading

 

Above the Treeline - Andrew Letby, 26 February

A book I first read nearly 30 years ago, keeps drawing me back. ‘Above the Treeline’ by Heije Faber. It takes the reader on an imaginary hike up a mountain. That hike starts in the hustle and bustle of the contemporary city .... Download to keep reading

 

Therefore I tell you, do not worry - Andrew Bain, 19 February 

I think I’m the kind of person who would actually have to have Jesus standing in front of me for me to be able to do that or be like that, and maybe not even then. I’m a professional worrier and I don’t seem to be able to do much about it .... Download to keep reading


Growing Up in Christ - Liz Gordon, 12 February 

‘I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh.’
If you remember, Paul is writing to the Christian church in Corinth which he’d founded a few years previously. Obviously at that time they were brand new Christians ... Download to keep reading


God Needs Us - Andrew Bain, 5 February 

The other night I saw a production of Peter Schaeffer’s “Amadeus” broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. If you saw the film years ago, you’ll remember how the story is told by Mozart’s rival, Antonio Salieri (who confesses that he was responsible for Mozart’s downfall and even his death). As an old man he recalls how he had dedicated himself to God almost as a bargain ... Download to keep reading


What Can I Give Him?Andrew Bain, 29 January 

'God is the Lord who has shown us Light; let us offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness.'

What does it mean to have an encounter with God and what does it mean for us? And what’s an oblation anyway?

When I was a wee boy I was packed off to Sunday School every Sunday, all dressed up ... Download to keep reading


We Lack Nothing - Liz Gordon, 15 January 

I want you to picture a day old baby lying in its little Perspex crib. It’s been pronounced healthy by the medics and will shortly be taken home by its parents (they don’t hang around in hospital these days!) Now this baby has within it everything it needs to develop into a fully functioning adult ... Download to keep reading