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St Ninian's Online

202 EpisodesProduced by Stewart CutlerWebsite

Weekly sermons and thoughts from St Ninian's Church in Stonehouse, Scotland.You can find us on facebook @stninianschurchstonehouse, twitter @stniniansstonehouse and instagram @stniniansstonehouse.

202 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Salt & Light

February 4th, 2023


YOU are salt and light.  Yes... you!!!  But how? and why?

What does blessing look like?

January 28th, 2023


We all want to be blessed.  Why wouldn't you?  But what does blessing actually look like? And why is it so controversial?

What would you give up?

January 21st, 2023


When Jesus asks some young fishermen to follow him they leave their lives behind and go... but so did Jesus.  He had a life, a job, a family and some …

What are you looking for?

January 14th, 2023


When Jesus first disciples meet him for the first time he asks the a pretty blunt question... What are you looking for? What are they looking for? …

Why did Jesus get baptised?

January 7th, 2023


Why did Jesus have to get baptised? Wasn't he the Messiah?  Had he sinned?  Why didn't John want to do it?  And what has any of that got to do with us?

search here

December 31st, 2022


wise men from the east come searching for the new king... but they have no idea of the dreadful chain of events their visit will begin...

Christmas Day

December 25th, 2022


The Christ-child is born!!!


December 24th, 2022


we wait.... for the birth of the Christ-child

not so average Joe

December 17th, 2022


Joseph is trying to be a good guy, but he's from a long line of pretty dubious characters...

What do you hope for?

December 10th, 2022


Advent seems like the long wait... but what exactly is it we hope for?

truth matters

December 3rd, 2022


Telling the truth matters.  Just ask John the Baptist or the prophet Isaiah. The truth helps us to know where we are, what the problems are and what …

left behind

November 26th, 2022


being left behind is never a good thing... except when it is!!!

christ the king

November 19th, 2022


Jesus is king... but what does that even mean?


November 12th, 2022


we mark remembrance by exploring Isaiah's prophecy of a new world... and Jesus' prophecy of hard times.

1 bride for 7 brothers?

November 5th, 2022


When some people come to Jesus with a complicated question about resurrection they get way more than they expected... but do we?

come down!

October 29th, 2022


We all know the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector... right?


October 22nd, 2022


Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.  This should be pretty straightforward because in the world of …

don't give up

October 15th, 2022


Luke's Gospel is filled with stories like this where the surprise of grace is discovered not in holy, pious, religious, people but in seeing reality …

practicing gratitude

October 8th, 2022


When Jesus heals 10 men only one comes back to say thank you?  Why?  And does it matter that the one who does is a foreigner?

Daring Greatly

October 1st, 2022


More faith please. Which one of us wouldn’t want some of that? There are times in all of our lives when we feel like we could do with more faith. So, …

You know better

September 24th, 2022


When Jesus tells us a parable about a rich man ignoring the poor man who lives at the bottom of his garden, it’s easy for us to agree.  To say ‘Yeah, …

Decision Time?

September 17th, 2022


It's time to decide... who are you going to serve?


September 10th, 2022


Jesus tells some stories about lost things and the joy of finding...

discovering discipleship

September 3rd, 2022


I wonder what comes to mind when you hear the word ‘possession’? Does it send you into a world of scary movies? Or do you think about the things you own? What if I was to tell you that those two things are more closely …

Hope this way...

August 27th, 2022


As inflation rockets and people worry about how they will heat their homes today we encounter Jesus taking a huge swipe at entitlement.  He tells his important host that there is a different way to live and that the …


August 20th, 2022


When Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath he gets in trouble from a religious leader who has completely misunderstood what sabbath is and what it is …

The Holiday Club Episode

August 13th, 2022


Out time travelling extravaganza!!!

Who are you?

August 6th, 2022


Life categorises us as consumers, resources or victims. But what if we are more than that?

Rich Young Fool

July 30th, 2022


An argument about inheritance leads to a life lesson for all of us!

How should we pray?

July 23rd, 2022


How should we pray? That’s the question the disciples ask Jesus and it’s a great question. Jesus gives them words we have come to know as The Lord’s …

Quiet Please!

July 16th, 2022


Are you a Martha or a Mary?  Are you a person who is always busy?  Cracking on with the million things that need to be done every day.  Or are you a Mary?  Sitting quietly?  Contemplating, listening.  It’s so easy to …


July 2nd, 2022


What if the thing you thought you knew all about didn’t work the way you thought it did? What if someone told you? Would you be open to hearing it? …

It's up to you!

June 25th, 2022


James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy a village that has no interest in Jesus. I wonder if that’s how we react to those who don’t agree with us or see the world our way?

Moving Out

June 18th, 2022


Rev Frances Rosenau encourages us to see beyond the hardships, beyond the fear... and move out into the world as God's people.


June 11th, 2022


The trinity. God, known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit… three in one, one in three. That’s some difficult maths. But it matters because missing …


June 4th, 2022


Dreams and visions. That’s what the prophet Joel said we would see. And Peter said it too on the day the Holy Spirit came like wind and fire! And …


May 28th, 2022


Jesus prays that we might be one. He prays that we might be united. But that’s doesn’t mean that we should all be the same…. It does mean that we are …

Gie's Peace

May 21st, 2022


Aw, gie’s peace. It’s how we Scots ask for a bit of quiet. But peace is an illusive thing. It’s a slippery idea. So when Jesus says that he is giving …

love like I do

May 14th, 2022


Love is… Well… Love is… What exactly is love? And when Jesus tells his disciples and, well, us, to love one another what on earth does he mean by that?

I Am Your Father

May 7th, 2022


Why does Jesus call God 'my father' and what does that mean for us?

Seeing the Light

April 30th, 2022


Anne Thompson explores how a man called Saul who wanted to get rid of all the followers of Jesus has his life turned around in a flash on the …

How do we deal with doubts?

April 23rd, 2022


Do you have doubts? You'll be glad to know you're not alone! But how do we deal with them? Yvonne Hamilton explores this big question in our worship.


April 17th, 2022


Mary goes to the tomb in the dark... but her despair soon gives way to joy as she meets the risen Christ.


April 9th, 2022


Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey... but why? What does it say about him? What does it mean for him, his disciples and for us? Michael Topple explores this Palm Sunday story.


April 2nd, 2022


Memories are sparked by many things, but so often the catalyst is a smell. When Mary pours a pound of perfume over Jesus’ feet she is not only anointing him for burial but also leaving a scent that will trigger memories …

a man had two sons...

March 26th, 2022


The prodigal son… a story about forgiveness, grace and even resurrection… isn’t it?  Well, maybe… but perhaps it’s about something more immediate?  Perhaps it’s about the people who are right in front of us that we have …

When bad things happen to good people?

March 19th, 2022


Anne Thompson explore Luke 13:1-9 and wonders why bad things happen to good people and what should our response be?

who are you?

March 12th, 2022


When threatened, Jesus talks about himself as a mother hen protecting her chicks from a fox. I wonder how we would describe ourselves? What is our …

Testing... 1,2,3.

March 5th, 2022


When Jesus is led out into the wilderness he faces temptations. But why? What is the tempter trying to prove? And how does Jesus pass the tests?

Cross Road

February 26th, 2022


There on the mountain top Jesus is revealed in all his glory. He is seen for who he really is, God’s son. This is a moment where the whole story …

love wins

February 19th, 2022


Turn the other cheek.  Love your enemies.  Pray for those who treat you badly.

You can imagine the people listening.  What?  What did he say?  Doesn’t he know that not how the world works?

Yes.  Yes he knows exactly how …

The Big Lie

February 12th, 2022


What should we make of a list of people we’d rather not be on being blessed and the list of people we all strive to be being warned that they should …

do not be afraid

February 5th, 2022


I wonder if you know the story of how Jesus calls his first disciples? My memory of the story is Jesus walking along the shore and he sees Simon and …

no more excuses

January 29th, 2022


What happens when you realise that this whole thing isn’t going to be how you expected? That thing you have waited for and dreamed of for so long …

why reading the bible matters

January 22nd, 2022


When Jesus stands up to read the scriptures in his hometown you could hear a pin drop.  Breath is held… eyes are focussed and everyone is waiting to …

greater things

January 15th, 2022


You will do greater things than these.

Jesus said that to his disciples.  To the ordinary men and women who followed his teaching and tried hard to …


January 8th, 2022


I often wonder if we read some of the stories in the Bible so often that we stop seeing what’s in them.  If we stopped being amazed by the big stuff and we completely overlook some of those small but hugely important …

Are you ready to step into a new future?

January 1st, 2022


I wonder what we make of the idea of ‘God with us’?  Maybe it’s easier to understand when that’s a baby in a manger.  But what it if it’s more than that?

Where else would I be?

December 25th, 2021


When Jesus is posted missing his parents are frantic... but where else would he be?

Christmas Day

December 25th, 2021


We celebrate the gift of a child... God with us!


December 24th, 2021


we wait for the birth of the Christ-child

Magnificent, she says

December 18th, 2021


Mary's song takes a perhaps unexpected twist though…. so before we get all starry eyed and sentimental… this is two pregnant women discussing the downfall of all earthly empires!

this is the good news?

December 11th, 2021


John the Baptist calls them a group of snakes... and this is the good news?  How?

prepare the way

December 4th, 2021


How do we prepare the way? What would the refining fire find in us that needs removed? What would the fuller’s soap wash away?


November 27th, 2021


Advent is here.  The long wait has begun.  But the wait isn't for what you might think...

truly a king?

November 20th, 2021


Their conversation is pure political theatre.  It’s a dance of very carefully spoken words.  Questions asked but never quite answered.  Charges are …


November 13th, 2021


This week we remember on this Sunday closest to Armistice Day when the guns of the Great War fell silent and we will explore what it means to remember and why it is so important for all of us, not just to honour the …


November 6th, 2021


A widow is watched placing 2 small coins, all she has, in the temple treasury.  Why is it that this woman finds herself in this position?  Why does she only have two small coins left?  And why is she there giving her …

not far

October 30th, 2021


One of the scribes has been watching and we hear that he’s impressed with Jesus so he goes to talk to him. The scribe asks what seems like the most obvious question ever… which is the greatest commandment?

So… which is …

open my eyes

October 23rd, 2021


What should we think when a blind man can see more than anyone else? What should we recognise when someone on the very edge of society names the …

A time to serve

October 16th, 2021


You want to be great?  Then you must learn how to serve.

what's the entry cost?

October 9th, 2021


"What can I do to inherit eternal life?" asks the rich man. It's a good question, met with an answer from Jesus that challenges everything we think about success and even blessings.

heart broken

October 2nd, 2021


Today we’re tackling a really hard and often painful passage in Mark’s Gospel. It’s about divorce, something that has touched all our lives in some …

removing millstones

September 25th, 2021


We all carry things. Each of us has stuff that weighs us down. But what about the things we pile on to ourselves? The things that choose and indulge …

everything you know is wrong

September 18th, 2021


What if the way we have all been told the way that the world works is wrong?  What if the things we value most are the things that are actually worth …


September 11th, 2021


They say you should think before you speak. That’s not always easy because we haven’t always though it all through. We don’t know what we don’t know. …

you too

September 4th, 2021


How would you feel if someone you looked up to, someone you thought was, well, perfect, turned out to be less than you had hoped for?

What makes you clean?

August 28th, 2021


How do you love God?

That’s the big question at the heart of our passage this morning and it’s a pretty big and important question so we should …

what about you?

August 21st, 2021


In the flesh. There. Present. Right in front of them. Just like them.  In John’s Gospel it matters that Jesus is human. But it also matters that he is God’s Son. But that’s a hard idea to get our heads around so today …

even more bread

August 14th, 2021


More bread.  Again.  Isn’t that dull?  What more can there be to say?  But what if this is an opportunity to savour something so amazing that it …


August 7th, 2021


Who am I? Where do I fit in? Where do I belong? Identity is important and so it’s no surprise that the people Jesus meets want to know about his.  But when he starts talking about eternity they really don't understand!

What are you looking for?

July 31st, 2021


What is it that you are looking for?  Do you really know?  Is it the thing that’s most immediate?  The thing that will make you feel better for now?  Or is it something deeper, more filling, more lasting?


July 24th, 2021


When Jesus takes a few loaves and a couple of fish given to him by a child nobody expects what will happen next.  After all, there are thousands of …

what you need

July 17th, 2021


There are moments when we get just what we need, rather than what someone else tells us we should get.

the truth hurts

July 10th, 2021


They say that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s certainly what we see with Herod in our passage today.  Speaking …

who do you think you are?

July 3rd, 2021


What do you need to change? Throughout the pandemic behavioural scientists have played a key role in helping explain how people can be helped to …


June 26th, 2021


How do you make real change? Especially to something like the way a society thinks or acts? Perhaps it takes someone to show how the new way can work? Someone to live out the new priorities. Or just to be what they hope …


June 19th, 2021


As a storm is calmed the disciples are left with a question... Who is he? That’s the question at the heart of the Gospel. Who is Jesus? Like, who is he really? Is he just some miracle man? A guy with nice stories with a …

a measure of hope

June 12th, 2021


23 years… just over half of my life.  That’s a long wait but it’s almost time for Scotland to take their place in a major tournament again.  But what on earth does that have to do with two Bible stories about some seeds …

do not cross

June 5th, 2021


He isn’t like us. He does things we can’t and we’re the good guys so he must me bad… We’ve heard it a million times. Power used to protect those in authority and keep things the way they want. It’s no surprise that when …

and the left their nets

May 29th, 2021


An old man goes to see Jesus at night to ask more, to find out who he is and what he is all about, and perhaps more importantly, what does all this …

dreams & visions

May 22nd, 2021


Dreams and visions... what are yours?  And what can you with God do to make them a reality?

Prayer Matters

May 15th, 2021


Does it matter how you pray?  Or even what you pray for?  Yvonne Hamilton helps us explore prayer and what Jesus showed us.

Anything for love?

May 8th, 2021


Love is…  Well… what?  What does it mean to love and be loved?  And when Jesus talks about love to his friends and to us, what does he mean by that?


May 1st, 2021


What does it mean to be fruitful?  And why does Jesus talk about being the true vine?  What does it mean for us and for the church to be grafted in …


April 24th, 2021


Being pursued is a bad thing, right?  It’s when something is after you and you can’t shake it off and it’s always there.  But what if you were being pursued by something good?  Something brilliant… something life …

I have questions

April 16th, 2021


Would you believe it? I mean really? Some story about Jesus appearing to a couple of second tier disciples as they went home before any of the proper …

missing out?

April 10th, 2021


How would you feel if you missed out on something really important but at the same time pretty unbelievable?  What if everyone else was given a gift …

Easter Day

April 3rd, 2021


Jesus is risen! We celebrate the resurrection as told by Mark.

Good Friday

April 2nd, 2021


A reflection on the events of Good Friday from St Ninian's Church in Stonehouse with Stewart Cutler

what love looks like... Thursday of Holy Week

March 31st, 2021


Washing feet is a shocking act of humility and service... but the story is more about whose feet get cleaned...

betrayal... Wednesday of Holy Week

March 31st, 2021


Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus... or just the one who got there first?

When the going gets tough... Tuesday of Holy Week

March 29th, 2021


It's easy in the good times, but when things get tough people start to lose faith...

Palm Sunday

March 27th, 2021


What’s the big deal about this week for Christians? Why is a strange parade with hosannas and palm branches a big deal and why does it all go so wrong so quickly?

It's Time

March 21st, 2021


When some travellers appear asking to see Jesus he tells his followers that the time has come. But when is the time for us?  And what are we waiting …

identity crisis

March 14th, 2021


Naming the problem is the only way to begin to fix something, but what on earth does a bronze snake on a pole have to do with you and me?

who are you?

March 7th, 2021


Who are you?  It's perhaps the most important question we could ask.  Surprisingly, Jesus throwing the stallholders and moneychangers out of the …

cross purposes

February 28th, 2021


Jesus says some strange and difficult stuff sometimes, perhaps none more than in Mark 8 where he starts talking about taking up your cross to follow …


February 20th, 2021


We're back in chapter 1 of Mark as we journey with Jesus into the wilderness.  But what could two short sentences possibly have to tell us?


February 13th, 2021


The transfiguration is a strange story that pops up in the middle of Mark's gospel.  But what if it really belongs somewhere else?  And what would …

Stuck in a moment

February 6th, 2021


Have you ever been stuck in one of those moments where there seems no way out?  Or stuck in a moments where you just want to stay forever? Stewart …


January 30th, 2021


What are the things that fill our minds and grasp our attention, diverting us from our focus on God?

Breaking Barriers

January 30th, 2021


From the very beginning Mark's Gospel is revolutionary. As soon as Jesus turns up God breaks down the barriers...

This is not it!

January 23rd, 2021


Jesus needs some witnesses, people who will tell others what they have seen and experienced. Could that be you?

Come and See

January 16th, 2021


Come and see... it sounds so simple.  Come and see... but come and see what?  Come and see who?

What is God like?

January 3rd, 2021


Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, helps us to consider the lessons of Epiphany and wonder what God might be like...

Now, go in peace

December 27th, 2020


Today our guest preacher Right Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland explores the story of two people who waited a long time for something special.


December 19th, 2020


Our young people lead worship this week, telling us the story of the birth of Jesus... in a lockdown fashion!

Can I Get A Witness?

December 12th, 2020


'Who are you?', they ask John the Baptist.  But he wants to tell them about someone else... someone greater.  That's his testimony.  What's yours?

prepare the way

December 6th, 2020


Prepare the way! shouts John the Baptist.  That's the work of Advent... to get ready.  But what does it mean for us to prepare the way?  Where should …

The Long Wait

November 29th, 2020


In this first week of Advent we explore the long wait... and wonder what exactly we are waiting for?

What did you do?

November 22nd, 2020


At the end, the questions that faces all of us is perhaps one that we didn't really expect... what did you do?

It's not about the money!

November 15th, 2020


The parable of the talents is a story about... what happens when we have the wrong idea about who God is and what God is like...


November 8th, 2020


Amos gives the people a stark warning... maybe the day of the Lord isn't what you expect it to be!  But why?  What is that they, and we, are getting wrong?

How can you help?

November 1st, 2020


When Jesus calls out the leaders he also gives a pretty stark warning to his followers... do as they say, not as they do.  Which begs the question... …

love, love, love

October 24th, 2020


When Jesus is posed one last trick question his answer is pretty straightforward... Love God, love your neighbour and love yourself.  But it can't be that simple, can it?

A question of tax

October 17th, 2020


Should we pay tax to Caesar? It's the million dollar question, but perhaps not for the reasons we think. This week Stewart Cutler explores a question …


October 10th, 2020


Invitations almost always come with a catch. A present to buy, or dress code to follow. But what happens when it's God who is doing the inviting?

Turns out, it is about you!

October 3rd, 2020


Leadership is tough. That's why we often leave it to other people. But what is our part in keeping them honest? And what leadership roles do we find …

time to change

September 26th, 2020


Today Stewart Cutler explores Matthew 21:23-32 where Jesus tells a story about two brothers to call out the hypocrisy of the religious leaders... and us.

fair pay?

September 19th, 2020


Kingdom economics... What does justice look like when it comes to pay day?  Stewart Cutler explores the parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16.

77 times

September 12th, 2020


77 times. That's a lot of chances. Some might say too many. But nobody ever said forgiveness was easy...

Sort it out!

September 5th, 2020


We all argue and disagree, and we all need help to resolve those conflicts. This week we look at some good advice Jesus gives on how to sort things …

from rock to stumbling block

August 30th, 2020


It doesn't take Peter long to come crashing back down to earth with a bump!  Join us as we explore Matthew 16:21-17:8 and celebrate communion together.


Ye gates recorded at the general assembly of the Church of …


August 22nd, 2020


Who do you say I am? It might be one of the most important questions of all.  Why?  Because it's a question about identity... our identity!  Stewart Cutler explorer Matthew 16:13-20 in this week's service from St …

wash your mouth out!

August 15th, 2020


What you say comes from your heart. How often do our words betray our feelings, our prejudices and our real thoughts? In today's reading from Matthew's gospel at chapter 15:10-28 we find Jesus talking about watching …

passing by

August 8th, 2020


Stewart Cutler considers the story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter getting out of the boat was really about.

moved to care

August 2nd, 2020


Stewart Cutler explores the feeding of the 5,000 in Matthew 14: 13-21 and discovers it might tell us much more about ourselves than we imagine.

Be careful what you pray for

July 26th, 2020


Jillian Storrie explore some of Jesus parables in Matthew chapter 13.

wait for it!

July 19th, 2020


Wheat, weeds and lots of waiting.  What's that all about?

This week Stewart explores Matthew 13: 24-30, 36,42, the parable of the weeds and Jesus' explanation.

Arable Parable

July 11th, 2020


Stewart explores a parable about seeds, weeds, rocks, paths and good ground and wonders where we fit in this story?


July 5th, 2020


Stewart wonders what we might need to lay down


June 27th, 2020


Stewart Cutler explores Matthew 10:40-42 and wonders what it is like to be on either side of a welcome...

choices... not divisions

June 21st, 2020


Jesus has what seem like pretty harsh words for us in Matthew's gospel this week, but perhaps they are not all they seem... Yvonne Hamilton helps us explore.

do something great

June 13th, 2020


The service for 14th June 2020 from St Ninian's Church in Stonehouse, Scotland, led by Stewart Cutler. 


June 6th, 2020


Go... yes you!  Go!  Go and make disciples.  Everywhere!


May 24th, 2020


Just who is this Jesus?  This passage from John's gospel tells us all we need to know!


May 17th, 2020


A gift... a gift of presence. Someone to be there with you though everything. That's what Jesus promises.


May 9th, 2020


What does it mean to abide in God?  When Jesus says 'I am the way, the truth and the life' what is he talking about?  And what does that have to do with us?


May 2nd, 2020


Jesus said 'I am the gate', but what does that even mean? And should I go in?


April 29th, 2020


It's late on Easter Day but so far only Mary has seen the risen Christ. The disciples are locked in the upper room, scared and wondering what happens now... apart from Thomas...


April 25th, 2020


They had had enough. It was all too dangerous. So Cleopas and whoever was with him were heading home. As they walked along full of questions and …


April 12th, 2020


It's Easter Sunday!  The darkness has gone.  Love wins!  Resurrection is real!

Save us!!!

April 5th, 2020


The king is coming on a donkey. The people are shouting Hosanna! But do they know what they are asking for?


March 29th, 2020


A valley of dry bones and a dead man walking... stories of hope in dark times.


March 24th, 2020


Jesus encounter with a blind man is more than a story about mud and spit and even sight.  It's about who we are and who Jesus is and why that matters to all of us.

Living Water

March 15th, 2020


A chance encounter at a well in the heat of the midday sun brings an unexpected revelation and a opportunity for mission for a most unlikely disciple, a Samaritan woman...


March 8th, 2020


Nicodemus comes looking for illumination and gets more than he bargained for.  Being born from above... what does that mean?  And what does the story of Abram have to do with it?


March 1st, 2020


The moment it all goes wrong.  It's an ancient story of a man, a woman, a snake and some forbidden fruit, but mostly it's about shame.

Get up!

February 23rd, 2020


On the mountain with the transfigured Jesus, and Moses and Elijah, God speaks to three disciples, Peter, James and John. Then Jesus tells them to 'get up, and don't be afraid!'  Is that our response when we encounter …


February 16th, 2020


Where do you end up when you start pulling on the thread of an idea or an issue? Where does something really start? Today we consider some threads …

It's You!!!

February 9th, 2020


After the beatitudes comes salt and light and the law... and a challenge to the people... it's up to you!


February 2nd, 2020


The beatitudes... that list of the blessed that we would never want to join; the poor in spirit, the meek and those who mourn.  So where is the …

2020 Vision

January 26th, 2020


Repent means 'to see things in a new way, as they really are'.  So when Jesus asks some fishermen to follow him he is helping them to repent, to see …

come and see

January 21st, 2020


Jesus invites us into a relationship with him and asks us to invite others into that relationship... come and see...

little epiphanies

January 21st, 2020


In the season of Epiphany, what does Jesus' baptism tell us about who he is and what God's mission is?

commas save lives!

January 21st, 2020


Words matter, especially when we are talking about God. The prologue of John's Gospel paints an amazing picture of Christ, who was there at the …


January 21st, 2020


Christmas is a dangerous business!

hail Joseph

January 21st, 2020


Joseph is often overlooked, but Matthew's Gospel puts him centre stage in the story of the birth of Jesus.  But why? What's so important about a man who played no part in the birth?

are you the one?

January 21st, 2020


When the night is darkest the questions come. As John the Baptist sits in his cell he begins to wonder... Are you really the one?  It's a question for all of us this Advent.

Kingdom Signs

January 21st, 2020


Judgement is about recognising the parts of ourselves that aren’t right and stripping them out. That's the preparing that John the Baptist asks of us as he tells us to prepare the way.

your kingdom come

December 1st, 2019


Welcome to Advent, to the waiting season, where the light prepares and the angels stir and the stars shift and the word begins to put on flesh, waiting to move among us…

Wellbeing Sunday

November 17th, 2019


Wellbeing matters to Jesus.  We explore the story of Jairus and the bleeding woman to discover how Jesus is interested in much more than physical healing, but also our mental and spiritual health, as individuals and as …


November 17th, 2019


On Remembrance Sunday we explore James's advice to listen more than to speak and to be doers, not just hearers,

finding the new Jerusalem

November 17th, 2019


Revelation 21 paints a beautiful vision of a new world.  A world of peace and harmony.  A world as it was meant to be, where God and people live …

Wake Up

November 3rd, 2019


Part 2 of our series on Revelation explores more of the letters to the seven churches in Asia. 

What's stopping you?

October 27th, 2019


Revelation 1/4.  That book we often avoid because it seems so strange and difficult... so, what's it all about?

Careful what you wish for

September 15th, 2019


Jephthah made a promise, a promise that was ill-conceived and cost him and his daughter dearly.  And we still make the same kind of promises for the same kinds of reasons... our own greed, our own ambition, our own …

well, what did you expect?

July 14th, 2019


When Naaman, the commander of the army of the Amarites, comes to Elisha to find a cure for his leprosy he doesn't get what he was expecting... but he got what he needed!


July 4th, 2019


Taking on the mantle, being the next in line, the new person, the successor is never easy.  Elisha had some big shoes to fill when Elijah was gone.

seeds and weeds

June 12th, 2019


The parable of the sower in Matthew 13:18-23 is one of the few parables Jesus explains.  But that doesn't mean that it's not worth talking about!

new foundations

May 27th, 2019


When the people returned from exile they rebuilt... but things were not the same as they had been.  A new community needed new foundations, just like …

Love, actually

May 27th, 2019


Jillian helps us discover through that Jesus' new commandment that love is actually all around.


May 12th, 2019


As we gathered around the Lord's Table we heard the words Jesus spoke after the Last Supper in John 14:1-27.  They were words of comfort, words of trust, and words of peace.

Follow me!

May 7th, 2019


At the end of John's Gospel, Jesus' reinstatement and renewal of Peter after he had denied even knowing Jesus 3 times is a painful conversation, but …

You've Changed!

April 28th, 2019


After a long and unsuccessful night fishing a man on the shore suggests the disciples throw their nets out the other side.  It turns out the man is …

Love wins!

April 21st, 2019


It's Resurrection Sunday!!! Easter Day.  The Lord is risen!!!  The tomb is empty... Love has won.  It's a story of faith.  Their faith and ours.  Where will you encounter the risen Christ?

Is it him?

April 14th, 2019


On Palm Sunday at St Ninian's we join the crowd and the religious leaders as they all wonder who on earth this Jesus really is.  We read from John 10:22-39 and John 12:12-16.

Love is all you need

April 8th, 2019


Love... Agape.  The kind of love God has for us and wants us to have for each other.  Compassionate, tender and unconditional.  And really hard to live out!


March 31st, 2019


Romans 12 tells us what it look likes to live a life of love.  But it's hard... really hard.  And that's what makes it so important that we try our hardest and perhaps consider just how loveable we are.

the one about friends

March 24th, 2019


Philia, the love between friends.  As we continue our journey through Lent Yvonne Hamilton helps us to reflect on what it means to love our friends by reflecting on how the friends of the paralysed man act in their …

The gift of erotic love

March 17th, 2019


Eros... erotic love... sex... one of the four Greek words for love, and part of the gift of love that God has given to us all.  So why don't we talk positively about it?


March 11th, 2019


Susan Brown, Moderator of The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is this week's guest preacher.  In the first week of Lent she considers the temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness, the same temptations we …

Living Water

March 4th, 2019


We continue from where we left off last week... in John 7:32-52.  Jesus tells the crowd that they can drink from him and never be thirsty again.  But what is he talking about?  And why don't some of them believe him?


February 25th, 2019


John's gospel is all about the universal Christ and that's what we explore this week through John 7:1-31, a strange story where Jesus visits Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Bread of Heaven

February 19th, 2019


What does the space shuttle have to do with John 6?  Listen in and find out!

our daily bread

February 11th, 2019


Prayer isn't always easy. We get so caught asking for what we want that we forget that prayer is about our attitude and orientation... always trying to seek God's will.


February 4th, 2019


This week we go back into the archive to a sermon preached at St Ninian's Stonehouse on 18th November 2018 by Stewart Cutler on Numbers 11:16-35 and Luke 10:1-17.

What are your foundations?

January 28th, 2019


A sermon preached by Stewart Cutler at St Ninian's Church in Stonehouse, Scotland, exploring Luke 6:46-49, the wise and foolish builders.

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