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|What has God entrusted to You? - 19 November|
sermon built on the earlier reading 'Parable of the Three Servants',
using the TV programme 'The Apprentice' to illustrate the story.
Using three questions that come out of the story, starting with 'What
has God entrusted to you?' Is it you time, responsibilities to your
friends or family, the gospel, the good news about the Bible, a dream
or a vision?
'What has God given you?' Your talents, and how you use them. Listen to the sermon to see where this leads to.
|Remembrance Service - 12 November |
Mungo's once again hosted the British Legion Armistice service on Sunay
12 November, honouring those who gave their lives defending our freedon
in all conflicts since the Great War.
John Urquhart introduced a short video 'The Poppy Story'
relating the history and the background of the poppy that we all wear
proundly at Remembrance. You can view this video
started with Rev John Urquhart showing a copy of a pocket
sized Gospel of St. John, given to
every soldier in the First World War, and what it meant to many, before
exploring the readings we had heard from Debbi McCall and Sir Robert
You can read the full story of the service Remembrance 2017
|God's mission, God's power. - 5 November|
All Age talk set the scene for this morning's theme. On display were
over 500 knitted hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets. John explained
how our practical love as Christians, reaching out to those
with little cheer at Christmas, know that God loves them. A video
showed us what happens to our knitting. Click to see the video
started sermon started by showing us the picture restoration of
'Adoration of the mystic lamb' which hangs in Ghent cathedral. We see a
section before and after, and see what the original looked like. This
is what the new testament does, where we see a new picture of the old
testament church and what we can learn from it. What we can apply to
our church. John developed this mornings readings from Acts, first
covering the discouraging items. Listen below to how the sermon story
|Commitment to Jesus. - 29 October|
theme of both the All Age and Sermon explored the difficulty in making
our commitment to Jesus. There are so many other callings on our lives,
important things we need to do. How do we make that commitment to
follow Jesus? The scriptures offer help, from Paul and James and
John. Our sermon used stories from scripture to help us make our
A full holy communion, sacrament of the last supper followed.
|Peter Restoration. - 22 October|
continued our theme with Peter. Starting with the All Age where we
heard of Jesus leaving Jericho and the small man in a tree, Zacchaeus,
the tax collector, public enemy number one, the most hated person! The
people hoped Jesus would scold Zacchaeus. But he went to his house.
Zacchaeus had come to hear Jesus, to repent his greed.
Urquhart then presented a dramatic monologue in the person of Peter as
his sermon. Peter talks of his last times with Jesus, and how Jesus
told Peter that before the cock crows he would fail and disown Jesus
three times. Listen to the full sermon. Click on the link below
|Peter Crumbles - 15 October|
returned to the story of Peter, after the break for Thanksgiving, and
were presented with a short video in the All Age talk. We watched and listened to the conflict Peter fought with, when he
denied being a follower of Jesus, not once but twice.
and sermon developed this story and how Peter came to terms with the
denials he had made to the crowd, and how he faced his Lord Jesus,
finding restoration and a new start. Listen to the service.
|Harvest Thanksgiving - 8 October|
|Developing and Understanding - 17 September|
opened his sermon by showing how misconceptions can lead us down the
wrong path. Using a personal story from John's childhood we were led
into the story of how Peter and the crowd had misconceptions of
the identity of Jesus. When asked by Jesus 'who do people say the son
of man is?' the disciples reply they say 'some other prophet'. Though
many people admire Jesus, and think well of him, their miconception is
they do not realise that God is doing something special through Jesus.
We hear how Jesus describes to Peter that he is the Messiah,
but then tellsPeter not to tell anyone. This confuses Peter. Hear how
this story unfolds, how Peter rebukes Jesus, as he cannot understand
what he is being told.
|Developing Faith - 10 September|
John took the theme from Peter 3, exploring how we develop faith.
talked with Margaret Webster in the All-Age talk, of her experience as
a child with scarlet fever. How she had used prayer with Jesus, as she
had been taught at Sunday School, to see her through her time of
John in his sermon told us how Jesus works with us,
how we are challenged, when experiencing grief, and how Jesus can turn
that desolation of grief, and heal us. He described the feeding the
five thousand, where Jesus turned the problem around. Getting the
people to buy the food, with Jesus taking the inadequate amount of
food, all that they could afford, breaking it and making it sufficient
for the crowd.
Further examples are presented, where asking
God through prayer, will provide. Trusting God, as Simon Peter did when
he saw Jesus walk on water, when they were fishing.
follow God's guidance, though it may be easier to remain where we are
in our comfort zoThe
theme of both the All Age and Sermon explored the difficulty in making
our commitment to Jesus. There are so many other callings on our lives,
important things we need to do. How do we make that commitment to
follow Jesus? The scriptures offer help, from Paul and James and John.
Our sermon used stories from scripture to help us make our commitment
A full holy communion, sacrament of the last supper followed. ne. The sermon concluded with a reflection.
|Do not be afraid - 3 September|
introduced his theme using the All-age talk, with the help of a video
clip depicting God speaking to Moses out of the burning bush on
Mount Horeb. The story shows Moses overwhelmed, frightened and afraid,
at hearing God and what he was being asked to do. His fear however was
tempered by God telling Moses not to be afraid, as 'I am with you.'
New Testament reading told us the story of Simon Peter, who, after
fishing all night catching nothing, had faith in Jesus when asked to go
out in the morning to fish in deeper water, even though he was not sure
it would work. John analyses Luke's account of the incident. How Jesus
changed His disciples into fisher of men.
|Who do you say I am? - 27 August|
welcomed the Rev Canon Mike Parker as guest preacher to the Sunday 27
August service. Mike's theme was Christianity in the Middle East, in
particular Egypt, where he has worked in conjunction with the Christian
Mike set the scene for his All Age address. Egypt has seen a time of revolution, and just as Egypt experiences a new start, stumbling at the moment, we here in St. Mungo's are embarking on a new start., What is important to us in our new start?
focused on Christians in the middle east. Using young helpers, inluding David,
Adam, Charlie, and Ester, from the congregation to display the Egyptian
flag, the Egyptian pound, and a copy of the Egyptian bible.
friends in Egypt find it really important to understand who they are,
their nation and nationality. They say Egyptians have three identities.
they play football they are Africans. Sometimes they are middle
easterners, and sometimes they are just Egyptians.
friend of Mike in Egypt for 25 years knows Arabic backwards, and makes
papyrus. Mike brought scrolls and book markers 'for you at a
special price!' as they say in Egypt!
the Egyptian Christians need to hear is Gods word. We saw a Bible in
Arabic, reading right to left, and also in English, left to right,
making a big book. Some words in blue and red. for their Muslim friends
so they know what salvation, communion, fellowship, the cross mean. To
hear that Jesus did not die but lives on. We recalled that Jesus had to
flee Israel into Egypt, which is important to todays Egyptian
Christians, setting the question Jesus asked 'Who do you say I am?'
Mike continued the Egyptian theme in his sermon,
using a couple of videos to highlight the turmoil the country is
experiencing as the Christians struggle to maintain their culture,
under extreme pressures.
Listen to Mike's stories below.
The service was followed by our short monthly communion, led by the
Rev John Urquhart.
|Whats in a name?" - 20 August|
the first full service led by the Rev John Urquhart, we opened
with a Call to worship then Hymn 60 'Come, let us praise the Lord.'
John led into his 'all-age' talk with an opening prayer.
started his 'all-age' talk by building a cardboard box. With the help
of Gordon MacDonald he turned a flat, soft weak item into a strong
useful box to carry things in. The apostle Peter was a bit like that.
John told us the story of Peter, how Jesus changed his name from the
unreliable Simon, and how Jesus would change, and shape him to make him
strong, just like he can do with everyone of us. John would develop
this theme as he embarks on a new series on the life of the apostle
Finishing John explained how we will start a 'wall of
names' where our photograph and name will be available for all to see.
No more trying to guess which name goes with that well known face we
see every Sunday in church.
For the sermon John opened with a
slide of John Noakes, mostly remembered for his time in Blue Peter.
John recalled when John Noakes visited his boyhood home village in
the highlands. Recalling his attempt to see his boyhood hero, at his
hotel, then his awe in following him, unable to say anything to him. He
then switched to two disciples of John following Jesus. When Jesus
turned to them he spoke his first words. What were those first words we
were asked? The disciples were star struck. Did they ask a profound
question? Listen to the sermon to hear what happened, and what it
means. We hear how difficult it can be to become a follower of Jesus.
|Is our God "too small" - 13 August|
the Rev John Urquhart Induction service on Thursday 10th August, our
new minister was 'preached in' to his new charge by visiting minister
and friend the Rev Shirley Fraser.
John opened the service, by
introducing himself, as our new minister, to the congregation, some who
were not at the induction service, but would remember him when he
preached as sole nominee service at the end of April.
Handing over to Shirley, we opened with our Call to Worship, followed by Hymn 202 'Stand up and bless the Lord'.
the Sunday School still on its summer break Shirley presented an
'All-age' talk. Recalling that John had arrived when he preached as
sole nominee with a backpack containing goodies to show the children,
Shirley apologised that she had no back pack, but did have a bag. What
could be inside?
First out was a copy of the Edinburgh Fringe
programme, packed with shows for everyone. Of particular interest was a
play at Palmerston Place church, 'Questioning Aslan', an evening with
C.S.Lewis. Those who have read any of the Lewis Chronicles of Narnia
stories will know that Aslan is a lion in the stories. Shirley produced
a soft toy lion, named Aslan, so the scene was set.
to the Chronicles of Narnia where the children step through the
wardrobe into another world, they meet Mr and Mrs Beaver who refer to
Aslan. Who is Aslan? the children ask. He is of course the king, the
lord of the whole wood replies Mr Beaver. Not a man, but a lion, the
great lion. Is he safe? No. But he is good. Shirley would develop this
theme of greatness and good later in her sermon.
Shirley told us
that Rev Hugh Davidson's sermons were often questions, and followed the
format asking 'Is our God too small'? What did we think the answer
would be, if we asked the people of Penicuik? Referring to our
reading form Paul's letter to the Romans, where he describes what God
really is. God is the source of many things, His grace and goodness,
but Shirley focussed on God's patience and encouragement, or endurance.
How patient God was when Moses was driven to distraction in the desert,
keeping his faith in God. Are we thankful that our God is so patient
At this time of new beginnings we at St. Mungo's made
new promises at John's induction, including to follow and serve Jesus
Christ, and we have to keep them.
John returned at the end of the service to deliver the benediction.
Listen to how Shirley developed the theme and how we can move forward with John in our new beginning.
|John Urquhart Induction Service - 10 August|
Rev John Urquhart was officially inducted into his new charge at St.
Mungo’s on Thursday August 10th at 7.00pm. The Rev Neil Dougall
led the service with members of the Presbytery joined by a congregation
with members of for all the Penicuik churches, and Craigmillar Park.
Mungo's church was filled with a congregation from across Penicuik,
Edinburgh and beyond. Presbytery was well represented with the lead
team consisting of Rev Neil Dougall who would lead the service and
formal induction, Rev Anikȯ Schütz Bradwell, preaching the sermon,
and John McCulloch, Clerk of the Presbytery of Lothian.
Click on Full Story to read about this happy occasion.
|Can we tell right from wrong? - 30 July|
preached his last sermon with us on Sunday 30 July, taking his theme
from our New Testament readings earlier that morning. We heard
the parables of the Mustard Seed, the Yeast, the hidden treasure, and
the prearl. Hugh took the parables Jesus used in His teachings to
explore what our world is like today, and are the parables still
relevant? Can we still learn anything from them?
with the current role of business ethics, using the banking industry to
highlight our approach to right and wrong. People no longer have
absolute standards, everything being relative. We now expect to reach
our own conclusions, using our own rules, abandoning the moral
standards of our predecessors, ignoring the signposts that have
provided guidance in the past.
we abandon the teachings of these parables, how do we know if we are
improving and lifting the right, rather than the wrongs of society.
have always tried to follow scripture to provide principles to follow
in identifying what is right, the 'rules for living'. The rule book
approach favoured by the pharisee's was complex, strict and inflexible.
alternative is to follow a more flexible approach, as in the
commandments, the beatitudes, Matthew and Mark, and perhaps Christs
11th commandment, to love one another as Christ loved us, not that we
love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
The sermon explores
Paul's letters to identify love, knowledge and insight, as the key
elements in a confusing landscape. How to look at the world through
Christ's eyes, and following His teaching.
|Revelation, baffling or encouragement? - 23 July|
last week’s sermon, taken from the first book of the Bible,
Genesis, Hugh took the last book, Revelation, as the theme for his
sermon this Sunday.
From the puzzles of Genesis, the Adam and
Eve story, Kane and Abel, Noah and the flood, etc, it does not come
close to the ‘weirdness’ of the Revelation of John.
most readers the book of Revelation is somewhat baffling and
impenetrable. Hugh explores the book, as written by the prophet John,
on an island of the west coast of Turkey at a time when God's will was
not being done, a disappointing world. The book is in fact a letter,
addressed to seven churches on the Turkish mainland, and designed to be
read aloud in these churches.
We hear of John’s vision
of the regal throne room, the four priests that praise God day and
night, the divine council of 24 ‘elders’, or rulers, the
‘government’ of heaven.
Hear the full story as Hugh unlocks the book, and how we too are encouraged to follow God’s will.
|What is the point in being here? - 16 July|
the reading from Genesis, Hugh took us through the history of origins,
addressing the questions asked throughout the ages, 'Why am I here?'
and 'Who will remember me when I am gone?' 'Whats the point in being
here?' This of course leads on to 'Why is anybody here? Why is anything
Genesis explains why everything is here, namely that God
has put us here, and the purpose for His creation. We are an important
part of that. Ours is to understand why God put us here, even though it
sometimes appears a challenging task. Could creation have been so much
simpler? Why do we speak so many different languages? Would it not have
been easier if we could all talk to each other in the same tongue?
the story of Abraham, and the children of Israel, Hugh walked us
through some of the old testament stories, explaining the thinking of
the authors of the books of Genesis, and Kings, showing how our
weaknesses and frailties, similar to Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and
Jacob, lying and cheating, which challenge us even today, every
Like the potter in Jeremiah who does not discard the failed
pot, he returns the clay to start again until he achieves success. So
too God, despite our weak and wayward traits, continues to remake us
through the generations, to follow Him and become His faithful servant.
|Chaos, Greed, and Sin - 9 July|
started his sermon by plunging us into chaos theory, causing a few
startled looks, but cetainly grabbing everyone's attention. Something
to do with random behaviour within systems governed by well known laws
with known and predicatble consequences. So how does this fit in with
todays scripture readings?
Gently easing us into the sermon Hugh
took the example of weather forecasting, and just how difficult it is
to predict when the climate is governed by well known laws of physics.
Yet the weather seems to be a law unto itself, with a minor change in
one part of the world creating a major upset somewhere else in the
world. This led to exploring the root cause of the US mortgage crisis
some 10 years ago, and the economic tornado that ensued. What really
caused this? Was it the complex financial mechanisms created by smart
young financiers, to boost their own commission and bonuses, without a
care for the consequence? In other words good old fashioned greed!
are we not told that morally greed is a sin, often followed by
unintended and unwelcome consequences? Now we can see where Hugh is
Does the Bible give us any guidance? Hugh explained how
God assures us that while chaos is around us, it will not overtake the
world. Order will be maintained, chaos will not engulf creation. We
have been given the role to subdue unruly elements intent on creating
The story builds on the readings of Adam, Eve, and the
snake, from Genesis and Matthew where Jesus preaches 'Come to me and
|Expectations of God - 2 July|
took the story of Abraham from Genesis and his despair at his God who
kept changing His mind. Surely God is supposed to be reliable, but how
can you rely on anybody who says one thing yesterday, and the complete
opposite today! God had raised Abrahams' hopes, providing a child for
Abraham and Sarah, when they thought Sarah was well past child bearing
age. When Isaac was born both were filled with a new hope.
God then asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, plunging Abraham
into the blackest hopelessness. Why was God so heartless? God often
does seem inconsistent. He loves the world, but it is a loveless place.
He urges us to pray to Him, but seems to often ignore them.
tells us that faith can move mountains, but seems weak compared to the
world powers. Is there a disconnect between God and His creation? Hugh
explores how Abraham came to terms with his bewiderment, and how he
maintained his faith in God. We can all have our faith shaken in time
of grief and trauma?
In the story of John the Baptist we heard
how God sacrificed His own son Jesus to save the world, in the same as
Abraham was asked of Isaac.
|Adventurous Faith - 25 June|
new testament gospel reading was taken by Hugh as his theme, explaining
the structure of Matthews gospel, from Jesus's birth to death. Focusing
on chapters 24 and 25 when Jesus talked to his disciples about the
future, after he had gone. The trials and tribulations the world would
encounter, and to 'Be Ready'.
Exploring one of the criteria for
admission to the kingdom of heaven, whether we are fit or unfit. Have
we been adventurous with our faith? The story of the rich man entusting
his wealth to three servants. Two invested wisely and grew the wealth,
while the third buried his share in the ground. The two who took the
risk were welcomed back into their masters home, the other thrown out.
are blessed with the treasure of Christian faith, and not to bury it.
We must take our faith out into the community, exposing our faith to
other faiths, or those with none. Take risks; that way you will see it
He brought the message into our time, reflecting
how our nation stands up to scrutiny, using the Grenfell Tower tragedy
to illustrate his point.
|Love, faith, hope, and endurance - 18 June|
took the subject of Love as covered by Paul in his letter to the
Corinthians which we had just heard, describing love as patient and
kind, not jealous boastful arrogant or selfish, or gloating. There is
no limit to its faith hope and endurance.
In these four verses
from Paul, he lists 15 characteristics of love. Hugh went on to
describe some of theses attributes using President Abraham Lincoln and
his political rival, Edwin Stanton who treated Lincoln with contempt.
How Lincoln reacted to this onslaught unfolds, displaying love as
patient and kind.
Hugh continued about love and religious
people, describing some terrible sermons he had sat through, and a few
that he had given, which raised light laughter. Hugh referred to
Lorimers Auld Scots translation, which we have heard before, to further
illustrate the characteristics of love.
The sermon was followed by the baptism of Brodie Henderson.
|Trinity Sunday - 11 June|
Interim moderator, the Rev Yvonne Atkins, opened with a 'haunting
question' - Who dreads Trinity Sunday More? The preachers who
have to explain it to the congregations, or the congregations who have
to listen to those sermons?
Yvonne continued with several amusing scenarios, which raised a few laughs from the congregation.
we had settled down Yvonne delved into the explanation of the Holy
Trinity contained in the creed of St. Athanasius, which has been
used by Christian churches since the sixth century. It is the first
creed in which the equality of the three persons of the Trinity is
explicitly stated. Expanding the incomprehensibility of this trinity
where there are not three, Father, Son and Holy Ghost but one eternal
and incomprehensible. 'Clear, as mud'? Asked Yvonne.
further analogies, taking the three states of water, ice, liquid and
vapour, where all states are still water. Similarly the three petal
shamrock is another example, three petals one plant. The sermon builds
on these examples in an intriguing tale, that displays the enormity of
the 'Trinity', and why we should praise this everlasting
|Pentecost - Sunday 4 June|
is the day the Spirit descended upon the apostles, and on which, under
Peter's preaching, so many thousands were converted in Jerusalem.
theme took the role of Banks, where money from those with surplus money
on deposit is loaned to those requiring money for immediate needs, with
the Bank gaining interest on the transaction. He then looked back some
500 years to medieval times, where a serious shortage of 'goodness'
worried the populace. The medieval church taught members that being
'very good' you went straight to heaven, but if you were 'very bad' you
went straight to Hell.
However if you were neither very good,
or very bad you would be sent to 'purgatory' after death. Only when you
paid off your lack of 'goodness' would you be raised to heaven. The
medieval church came up with the idea of a 'Goodness' Bank, or
'Treasury of Merits'. Heaven was full of saints with an abundance of
'goodness', so why not allow people to 'borrow' some, through an act of
piety or a 'monetary gift' to the church to ensure they would have
enough 'goodness' to be raised directly to heaven after death.
monk called Martin Luther in 1517 was very unhappy about this 'pay for
goodness' system, which eventually started the major reform in the
church that followed.