Healing in His Wings

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Sermon text: Mark 5:22-34 and Numbers 15:37-41

Most of us are at least a little familiar with the story from Mark 5 concerning the woman who reaches out and touches Jesus’ garment looking for some kind of healing. I have paired it this morning with a passage from Numbers that may help us understand what is going on in the mark story. I hope so anyway.

Numbers is the 4th book of the Hebrews scriptures, part of the Torah, the first 5 books. Torah was given to the Jews by Moses at Sinai. They saw it as life, how to live. Pre-eminent in the life of a Jew, in Jesus' time, Torah was everything. It was sometimes referred to as the Way, the Truth and the Life. In Numbers 15 God tells Moses to attach tassels to the corners of their garments. They were to look at and to remember the commands of the Lord, a visual reminder if you like. Kind of like we look at a cross. An observant Torah following Jew would wear a prayer shawl, even today you will see these shawls... See full sermon here
 

Mark the Spot

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Sermon Text: Joshua 4:1-17 and Acts 2:1-4

Today is a special day in the life of our church. It is a special day for many of our families as we have celebrated our 4th graders and our seniors. In a few minutes, two of our youth will confirm their faith and become our newest members. Special memories will be made today. Our Church family celebrates with them today. It is also Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate The Holy Spirit being given to the disciples. God often shows up in the quietest moments, but on this day, God shows up in the flame and wind...See full sermon here

Wrestling with God

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Sermon Text: Genesis 32: 22-29 

Today’s message is about wrestling. In particular the story we just heard from Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with God. 

When you think of wrestling your thoughts may automatically go to WWE or one of the many wrestling entertainment associations. You may love that stuff. When I was a boy the wrestling was always on TV on Saturday afternoon and I took it very seriously. My favorite was a guy called Big Daddy. He was the good guy. He was also pretty old and big, when I say big I don’t mean well built, I mean, he was overweight, I never questioned the fact that this old overweight guy always won. I just accepted it. I mean it was a legit sport, right? ... See full sermon here
 

Jesus and Thomas

Sermon text: John 20:19-31 

This morning’s passage is one of this week’s lectionary texts and tells us of Jesus’ interaction with the disciples as they hide following the crucifixion. This, of course, includes his interaction with the disciple Thomas. 

I have got to be honest, I feel a little sorry for Thomas. He was a man who followed Jesus throughout his ministry, and if we follow some of what we read of his life after Jesus, he was very influential in the growth of the early church. He traveled far and wide to spread the word. Yet he is known forever for this one moment in time. We don’t talk about Peter the denier or Moses the Mumbler, but we all know about Thomas the Doubter...Read full sermon here
 

40

Sermon text: Mark 1:6-15  

40 days. In Scripture, the number 40 seems to symbolize a period of testing, trial or probation.
In the story of Noah, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40. Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights. The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan. Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb...Read full sermon here
 

The Rock

Sermon text:  I Samuel 7:3-12  

When you approach the city of Stirling, in the center of Scotland, from almost any direction, one of the first things you see is the tall tower built on top of a cliff in honor of the Scottish hero William Wallace. It was built on top of the crag where allegedly Wallace and his men camped on the evening before the battle at Stirling Bridge. Mentioning Stirling Bridge may confuse you if you have watched the movie Braveheart, for the Battle of Stirling in the movie is fought on a field, but in reality, Wallace camped high up on the crag, where he saw the English army, which outnumbered his army quite considerably, descend from Stirling Castle to approach the battlefield...see full sermon here 

Waiting on a Friend

Sermon Text:  Luke 2:22-40

I would like to wish you all a happy seventh day of Christmas. Presbyterians, as most of you know we follow a liturgical calendar. What that means is while it seems the whole country is kicking off Christmas in October, (well most of our department stores are anyway). And of course The Hallmark Channel which thinks Christmas starts in August! And if we are being honest, for most of us, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, it is Christmas time, the lights go up, the tree goes up and the Christmas Music goes on.

Yet those of us who look at the liturgical calendar, know that Christmas does not start until December 25th and lasts for 12 days, until January 5th, which means we are now on the seventh day of Christmas so I am, on the lookout for the swans a swimming...Read full sermon here (PDF)

 

Smells Like Christmas

Sermon Text:  Luke 2:1-10 & 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

What an exciting time, Christmas Eve, we never tire of hearing that story, I’d like to thank Haidyn, Kendyl and Taylor for their reading this evening.  We are so glad you are here to worship with us this morning, we have 2 big services this evening and I know the temptation could be to have a lie in and come along later, so I am grateful.

I wonder if I was to ask you what Christmas smells like, what you would say. Any takers? I hope you are getting a smell of the pine and the apple cider, the smells of Christmas for many. We seem to like scented pine cones. I have to say though, we have a lot of pine trees around our house and the pine cones are falling right now. I picked up a bunch this week and they don’t smell like anything. The smell of Christmas for me includes coal...Read full sermon here (PDF)

 

Ordinary Love Part 2

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5:43-48

When I was a kid there was a show on the BBC called Dad’s Army. It was a comedy about the Home Guard. The Home Guard were those who could not serve in World War 2 because they were too old or had health issues or because of their profession. Their job was to patrol the streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh or Manchester in case the Germans made it that far...Read full sermon here