The passage we had for the Epistle  to the Romans may seem rather disconcerting. Chapter 10 verses 8 and 9 reads: “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For a person  believes with their heart and […]

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Genesis 1.26-end     Matt 12.1-11   As some of you will know, this occasional teaching sermon series came about after some conversations about ‘Christian language/ jargon’ ; at some point Charles Stirling said,  ‘There’s so much talk of us all being made in the image of God – but what does it actuallymean?’ Having being set […]

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Sermon for the 16th July 2017

A Reflection on Matthew 13.1-9 Sunday 16th July 2017   Open our minds O God, to your word, and our hearts to your love. Amen. In early July we held a PCC away day, perhaps more accurately described as an ‘away morning’ as we stopped at 12.30 – or maybe just as a ‘morning’ because […]

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Sermon for the 9th of July 2017

Some words from our gospel reading this morning: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and […]

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Sermon for the 2nd of July

Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:37-42   Last Sunday morning about fifteen of us went down to Broomhall to support our Muslim neighbours as they celebrated Eid prayer on the Springfield school playground. I had been in touch with a couple of my friends during the week to find out whether there was anything going on which […]

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I have been asked to talk about the priesthood of all believers. What follows is not so much a sermon as notes to help us think about the issue.   1. The call of the Apostles. Some very obvious points–all laypeople, largely uneducated. They were not sent off to theological college for training. The training […]

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We often find preachers using language which simply doesn’t speak to us, or which makes us want to stand up and ask them to explain what they mean.  Here at St Mark’s we try very hard not to make assumptions about the language we use and we try to be open to different ways of […]

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In the Easter season we remind ourselves again of what the risen life means. What does it mean when we sing “Christ is risen–we are risen.” What do the Easter people do? What difference does the resurrection make? How can the world see the risenness of Christ? We are glad to have with us today […]

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Gospel Reading John 12:20-26 It’s a long way off but inside it There are quite different things going on: Festivals at which the poor man Is king and the consumptive is Healed; mirrors in which the blind look At themselves and love looks at them Back; and industry is for mending The bent bones and […]

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Justified by Faith – 19th March 2017

Romans 5.1-11  John 4.5-42 ‘Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.’ In his journal of 24 May 1738, John Wesley, […]

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