Kinlochleven Church - the next service is on Sunday, 21 April at 10.00 am led by the Rev. Malcolm Kinnear.


Duror Church - the next service is on Sunday 28 April at 10.30 am led by the Mr. Bill Skene. 


Nether Lochaber Church - the next service is on Sunday 21 April at 11.30 am led by the Rev. Malcolm Kinnear. 


St. Munda's Church - the next  service is on Sunday 21 April at 10.30 am in the Shinty Pavilion led by the Rev. Marion Kinnear.


South Lochaber Parish : Bible Study - Tuesday 30 April at 10.45 am, Jonah chapters 3 & 4 hosted and led by Jeremy.


Kinlochleven : Bible Study -  Tuesday 23 April at 7.00 pm. led by Rev. Malcolm Kinnear.


Sunday 14 April 2024 Kinlochleven & South Lochaber Churches available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/PTprct2-7kA


Opening Verse ‘He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at a meal’. (Mark 16:14)


Hymn  

Father of peace, and God of love,

We own Thy power to save,

That power by which our Shepherd rose victorious o'er the grave.

Him from the dead Thou broughtest again, when by His sacred blood

Confirmed and sealed forevermore th' eternal covenant stood.


Prayer God of grace your risen Son drew alongside his disciples and taught from the scriptures. Grant us a deeper understanding of those things that pertain to our salvation, and we pray in his name. Amen.

 

Bible Reading Luke 24:36-49 Jesus stood among the disciples and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said ‘Why are you frightened, why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I. Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’


Message Alexander Stewart, the famous Nether Lochaber discovered an excellent way to cook herring one time he crossed Loch Linnhe.

He was invited to share a meal and noticed the fish being placed over the potatoes in a pot and cooked by steaming. Broiling fish is a bit different, it is exposure to heat from above or below, as in a grill pan. Both methods are healthier than frying in oil. Honeycomb has many properties beneficial to health being unrefined. The gospel lesson may not be intended as a lesson in cookery, but it does make you think.


We see Jesus demonstrating great patience with his disciples. They needed the point reinforced that Jesus was alive, and resurrection was a bodily reality. It seemed too good to be true. Jesus showed them he could eat food. If you have ever learned a language, repetition is vital. Jesus kept appearing to his disciples over a period of days and weeks, and they became convinced, finally, that he was risen from the grave. We should also learn patience. It is part of the fruit of the Spirit.


We learn too that Jesus gave his disciples an evangelistic programme. Jesus taught them the scriptures, how the scriptures had foretold the coming of a Messiah, his sufferings and resurrection. More than that they were witnesses of these things. We too need a strong scriptural understanding. In this passage we find a summary of the gospel. Jesus had to suffer and rise again on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins be declared. We too are called to be witnesses. The message is that there is a risen Saviour. Sin is to be repented of, forgiveness and new life are given through faith in Jesus. What saves the souls of men and women is the Biblical reality. The opening up of scripture brings about the dynamic of God into human experience.


We learn also that Jesus spoke of receiving spiritual power, a spiritual dynamic. The disciples were to wait for God’s power to come. There is a need for adequate preparation before we start out on any venture and part of that is waiting before God. We need to slow down and seek the guidance and strength of the Spirit. There is the power of a new life through Jesus. Stony hearts become hearts of flesh. Our eyes are opened to a spiritual reality. We meet with a Saviour, who has power and authority.


Prayer Open our hearts and minds Lord, that we might behold the risen Jesus standing near; we pray in his name, Amen.