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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Romans 8.18-25    Matthew 6.25-end History says, Don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy   The Gospel passage we’ve just heard doesn’t scratch the itch for me this […]

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Today we are looking at racial justice. Many of us are concerned about gender justice at the moment and things have been a bit fraught so I thought it would be good to see what Scripture can do to give us a bit of grounding.   Jesus was a man of his time and he […]

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Isaiah 58.1-9              1 Cor 2.1-12                       Matt 5.13-16   O God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can,and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.   As I came to prepare this sermon I reread Sue’s from last Sunday. And, to be honest, I feel […]

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