Rural Sunday: 14th July 2019

The sermon was given by the Revd. Dr. Anne Tomlinson, Principal of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. The latest newsletter for SEI is in the ‘News’ section of this website. [The first three years of my training were through SEI and my curacy is also overseen by SEI – Ellie] Last year I sat through aContinue reading “Rural Sunday: 14th July 2019”

Assistant Curate’s letter: What is love?

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”                                                                                  John 13:34-35 On Sunday we explored these three sentences. What it means to love one anotherContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: What is love?”

Assistant Curate’s letter: May

Happy Easter to you all. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! As I write this, the sun is shining and birds are singing. There is wall to wall blue sky and children are outside playing in the warmth of this April morning. We are so fortunate to have land that we can accessContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: May”

Assistant Curate’s letter: Easter

Last month I asked where our priorities lay. I asked if we choose to be outward focussed? Who could choose, whatever the cost, to reach out to others? Who would choose to help others in poverty, despair or addictions so that they may come to know the love and peace of Christ?  This month IContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: Easter”

What it takes

Genesis 15:1-12. 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4.1, Luke 928-36 Stories of transformation. Stories of gritting your teeth and getting stuck in and being encouraged from those around you and those who have gone before you. Realising that you’re not the only one who’s gone through or is going through a tough patch. Abraham quite clearlyContinue reading “What it takes”

The Transfiguration

Exodus 34. 29-35, 2 Cor 3. 12- 4.2, Luke 9. 28b-43. The transfiguration. Three stories of transfiguration in our three passages, because the magnitude of what we hear about today isn’t limited to Jesus. The transfiguration was the point in life where Jesus was affirmed as God’s son and his appearance changed and his clothesContinue reading “The Transfiguration”

Assistant Curate’s letter: March

I wonder where our priorities lie? This was my opening gambit of Sunday’s sermon. Three texts of the Beatitudes from the Bible, of which two were from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Jeremiah 17:5-10 illustrates a curse as a shrub that is parched that will never see relief and then immediatelyContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: March”

Lost in translation

Gen 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42, 1Cor 15:35-38, 42-50,Luke 6:27-38 My title I gave to my sermon today is ‘Lost in Translation.’ I wonder how many of you can remember the film with the same title that came out in the early 2000s with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson? Both play characters that appear to beContinue reading “Lost in translation”