The “Lossiemouth Northern Lights” Community film project featuring the history of Lossiemouth and starring the people of Lossiemouth has its final public showing in St James’ Church on Saturday 12 December 2015. [Read more…]
We had a fabulous Evening of Christmas Music at St James’ on Thursday 03 December 2015, with the Fellowship Hall filled to capacity. [Read more…]
On Sunday 29 November 2015, Rev. Graham Crawford announced at the morning service that, on the following Sunday, he would be preaching as sole nominee for the vacant charge at a church in Perth (Scotland) and that, as a result, he and his family would be leaving St James’ and Lossiemouth with effect from February 2016.
We now know that Graham was voted in unanimously as the new Minister at Kinnoull Parish Church, Perth, on 06 December 2015.
We congratulate Graham on his success and commend his new congregation on their excellent choice of Minister. We have been lucky to have Graham here with us for 12 years and we wish him, Jane, Thomas (not forgetting Jamie too!) all the best in their new home, church and surroundings. [Read more…]
This is Rev. Graham Crawford’s sermon for “Christ the King” Sunday – 22 November 2015:
According to one writer:
“The Sunday of Christ the King is the day for all us disobedient ones to repent; and to renew our obedience. Then we may prepare for Christmas, and the birth of great David’s greater Son.”
It is the last Sunday of the Christian year. It is the climax of all that we have been thinking and learning about over the year. It is a time when we celebrate that Jesus is not just our Saviour but Lord of our lives, our King and head of the church.
It is a time for celebration, a time for rededication, a time to refocus ourselves on the important matters of life.
Never in history has that been more important than today. [Read more…]
The Sermon by Rev. Graham Crawford for Sunday 01 November 2015:
Today is All Saints’ Day.
It is a day that has been underplayed in the Presbyterian church over the centuries because of our desire to downplay canonisation and sainthood.
However, in our desire to downplay that aspect, we have swung the pendulum too far the other way. We have forgotten that the real reason to celebrate this day is to recognise the efforts of our predecessors to live lives of effective discipleship and thus to pass the faith on to the generations that followed them.
I suspect that if I were to ask you about Saints in this church you would mention folks like Joe Edwards, Greta Flett, my predecessor, George Cordiner, and others.
None of them are canonised. You will not find them listed in the Book of Saints. None of them were perfect, either. But they were all faithful stewards of the Gospel, disciples of Jesus Christ and saints of this church.
Today, in the lectionary passages that are suggested, we are being encouraged to ask the question: “What makes a person a saint?” [Read more…]