17/12/17 Looking Back Psalm 32 31/12/17 As I was looking up the notes for today I was reminded of some of the old traditions that my parents used to have on Hogmanay. My mum insisted that we all clean the house. That if we were going into a new year then we went into the New Year with the old year sorted and tidy and we didn’t take in any rubbish into the New Year. So while my dad made the home-made soup, my mum and my sisters and I would be washing all the ornaments and clea
At the Morning Service at Alva Parish Church yesterday (17th) the congregation celebrated Rev Dr Ian Fraser's birthday with a cake. Ian is a major figure in the recent history of the church, his first appointment as a minister was as a worker/chaplain in industry during the war, working for a labourer's pay. He also served as a minister in Arbroath and Rosyth before becoming the first Warden of Scottish Churches House in Dunblane. Ten years in Geneva followed working with the
17/12/17 Only eight sleeps till Christmas. Decorations are already up, the Christmas trees are flashing away, Christmas lists are being written, Christmas songs are blasting away in the retail centres. But also candles are being lit, carols are being sung and our hearts are beginning to fill with expectation and hope. Let us worship God. Hymn 326: As with gladness men of old I thought I would start with the message of that first Christmas.
But instead of reading it from the
Zechariah 9: 11-17 10/12/17 Recently I was reading that the idea of substitutionary atonement wasn’t always the theory. In fact that came from Anselm of Canterbury. Now already some of you may be lost. Anselm theorized that we need to pay for our wrongs, our sins. That every time we do something wrong there is a cost that needs to be paid. So if I go into debt then someone needs to pay that. So when my daughter gets a car and then when we are getting the car discovers that sh
Daniel 3: 1-30. 3/12/17 Here is something I want you to think about. What if television can tell us what the psychological state of the country is? Here’s my proposition. What if we instinctively seek out what we need? For instance music... Music is cheaper to buy than at any other time, most groups and musicians can’t make money through selling their music because there are so many illegal downloads. Where the money is in music is in live performances. You get these huge con