A challenge to the complacencies that can beset the church, and an invitation to embrace the unsettling truths and new things that can rip us from our comfort zone.

A powerful invitation to embrace the opportunities, indeed, the requirement for honest self-assessment, and dealing with the dark issues that cloud our experience, and cast a shadow over our peace of mind.

Until confession comes to David – and to us – there is no peace.

A wonderful story of challenged prejudices, radical re-thinks and a church that can never be the same again… a church in which all are welcome.

FORGIVENESS:

 

I only remember one thing my English teacher said to me.

We had been told to read a passage from AJ Cronin about the Tay BRIDGE Rail Disaster…and comment on what we thought about it.

When we were all finished reading, she asked for comments…

I think it’s really good because he uses a lot of really big words…says I…

No, you stupid boy, it’s really bad because he uses a lot of big words…the big show off!

Ooops.

I thought I’d got it so right…and I’d got it so wrong…

WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE PICNIC?

 

Did I mention that I had a wee sports car?

Great for picnics…

Hood down…off to Abbotsford…

Picnic under the trees by the Tweed…

Living the dream, my dears,

Living the dream!

That was last year…

The shocking story of David and Bathsheba could hardly fail to raise crucial issues, and require us to be alert to the corrupting power of lust. This sermon was part of a long series on the amazing spiritual roller-coaster, that was the life of David.

There is a lot of nonsense spoken about the unsatisfactory nature of a life of plenty, with money to burn: how happiness is at a premium among the rich and cosseted and the corrosive effect of materialism. This sermon points out that being rich might not be so bad after all – but that spiritual poverty is the real possibility to be avoided.

The week-end is different now.

Our week-ends are different now…

And they’re all at it…

Dine in for £10-00

Waitrose, Tesco, M&S

Two courses and wine for two people for £10-00.

Pressure off…

Relax and enjoy.

This is no ordinary week-end.

WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE PICNIC?

 

Did I mention that I had a wee sports car?

Great for picnics…

Hood down…off to Abbotsford…

Picnic under the trees by the Tweed…

Living the dream, my dears,

Living the dream!

That was last year…

A naïve idealism can be allowed to disguise the occasional chaos that was the Early Church – and notions about everything being sweetness and light need to be challenged. Yet the beautiful thing that is true unity in Christ is both to be sought and celebrated.

This sermon is a combination of two themes – the reality of experience for countless children in our country and in our world…and the absolute commitment of the Church to the welfare, the spiritual growth and the unique worth of children – and what that commitment might require of us if we are to be serious about it.

Sermon:  GRACE:

 

The only thing that marred a perfect day, in a perfect setting, was the very bad violinist murdering “The Windmills of your Mind”

- as I ate my delicious sandwich, and drank my strong black coffee in the village square in Wittenberg, in former East Germany.

I was there to visit the most famous door in the world…the door in the church at Wittenberg – where in 1516 Martin Luther pinned his complaints against the church of the day….and sparked an explosion of ideas that changed the face of Europe forever.

And the argument was all about a thing called - grace.

Luther was convinced that the church had lost its way