Practising Presence- Sermon 27th Oct 2019

Reading:

Psalm 139:1-12

Mark 10:46-52

In this sermon Rev Bluett asks how we might experience the presence of God in times of difficulty and illness, exploring what the presence of God involves as we pass through the darkest valley. He offers insight into how we might actively seek the presence of God at all times through contemplative practices.

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Yearning for God- Sermon 25th August 2019

Reading:

Psalm 84

In his sermon this morning Rev. Bluett spoke about yearning for God as a motive for leading a life of faith over and against following a religion because of worry and fear of what God might do to us.

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The Problem of Evil- Message 11th August 2019

Readings:

Psalm 119:115-117

Revelation 21:1-4

This morning’s service was led by one of our Elders, Lesley-Anne Weir. In her message she looked at the problem of evil and how we, as Christians, might respond to challenging questions about it.

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Encountering the Stranger- Sermon 4th August 2019

Reading:

Acts 8:26-39

In his sermon this morning Rev. Bluett explored the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. He looked at some common perceptions of foreigners and asked what we, as Christians, are called to do when it comes to the treatment of aliens and strangers.

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Message on Ecology and Environmental Issues- 21st July 2019

Reading:

Deuteronomy 29:16-25

In this morning’s message one of our elders, Colin MacNeill, spoke about ecology and the environment. He looked at the issues we face, explored why the Church may have failed to fully perceive and act upon the concerns and what we, as Christians, can do to to participate in the restoration of God’s good creation.

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Conversion and Curiosity- Sermon 14th July 2019

Readings:

1st Thessalonians 5:8-18

Ephesians 4:1-7

Ephesians 4:11-16

In this morning’s sermon Rev. Bluett looked at two intertwined aspects of the Christian journey; conversion and curiosity. He explored what conversion means, how a faith community can support it, and how being curious about the world, the people around us and God is part of the conversion experience.

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An Unanxious Presence- Sermon 7th July 2019

Reading:

Luke 12:13-21

In this sermon our Minister, Peter, read the Parable of the Rich Fool and considered the possibility that his accumulation of material things was borne out of not merely greed but anxiety. He looked at the angst ridden state of the world today and spoke about how we, as Church, are called, in the words of the theologian Walter Brueggemann, to be an unanxious presence.

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A Dark Night of the Soul- Sermon 30th June 2019

Reading:

Psalm 22:1-2

In this sermon Rev. Bluett considered the common human experience of the dark night of the soul, examining the story of one of the most celebrated writers on Christianity, CS Lewis, and his struggle with faith following a difficult bereavement. He looked at how we, as Christians, might understand and respond to such struggles.

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Loving Your Enemies- Sermon 9th June 2019

Readings:

Luke 6:20-23

Luke 6:27-38

 

In this sermon Rev. Bluett considered the recent media coverage of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings and reflected on various stories arising from that time in history as well as relating an uplifting story about the movements towards healing and reconciliation being made by individuals and groups in the Middle East.

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