The St Mark’s e-Pulpit

We in St Mark’s believe in the Holy Trinity, that Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary, was crucified for our sins, rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven from where he will return to reign for evermore. We believe that our salvation comes only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and our acceptance of Him as our Lord and Saviour.

Rev Diane Hobson BA (Hons) BD (Hons) retired on health grounds on 19 February 2017

There can be no substitute for hearing God’s word than to be in Church listening to the minister preach, Sunday by Sunday.  This is not always possible however and on this page Diane Hobson provided summaries of her weekly sermons.

During Diane’s long absence during 2012 there are no summaries.  On her return in late 2012 she was under doctor’s orders to ‘take things easy’ and as a result only limited summaries were available in 2012/13/14.  As we entered a New Year in 2015 Diane decided to return to the provision of a weekly summary.  Regrettably ill health intervened and we did not return to publication of a weekly sermon summary.To ease the task of the webmaster the e-Pulpit and e-Pulpit Archive pages have been combined and all available summaries are now provided as .pdf documents below.

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On 8 January, Diane addressed both the Kirk Session and Congregation at a Service of Holy Communion, led by Rev Andrew Christie and advised that, on grounds of ill-health, she would demit the charge on 19 February 2017.  This news was received with great sadness.
Although Diane was able to return to the pulpit during 2015 her health remained poor and towards the end of 2016 she was ‘signed off’.  During 2016 summaries were not provided.
We start with Sunday 4 January. Regrettably Diane was taken ill during the week and was absent for three weeks, thereafter summaries were not provided.  Diane’s annual holiday was taken in April and disrupted by a family bereavement so summaries remain unavailable.
As Diane continued to return to full fitness, only one summary was made available.
As Diane worked her way back towards full fitness there were some Sundays where she did not lead worship and others where her summary was not available.
December 2012
Diane’s first sermon after her absence was preached on the Second Sunday in Advent on 9 December 2012.  Sunday 16 December was preached by Rev Dr Brian Sheret our Locum and 23 December was the Sunday School Nativity Service.  Diane’s final 2012 sermon was preached on Sunday 30 December.
April 2012
There is no Summary for Palm Sunday (1 April) when Diane was unwell and there are only two sermons before Diane went off on long term sickness absence.  Diane’s sermons resume in December 2012.
January, February and March 2012
There is no summary for 1 January which was a Family Service or 22 January which was a United Service at Crown Terrace Methodist Church. There were no summaries for February and March mainly due to Diane’s absence in Malawi and due to her illness thereafter.
October, November and December 2011
There is no summary for 2 October when Diane was away, nor for 23 October due to technical issues. There are no summaries for the special/family services during December.
July, August and September 2011
There is no summary for 3 July which was the Sunday School Promotion Service, nor for 21 (United Service with St John’s) & 28 August, 4 September (Grouping Pulpit Exchange), 11 September nor 25 September when Diane was away.
April, May and June 2011
There are no summaries for the Easter Services, Sunday 1 May when Diane was away, 8 May which was a Grouping Service, nor for 22 and 29 May when Diane was also away. Neither are there summaries for 12 and 26 June.
January, February and March 2011 pdf
November and December 2010 pdf



foorprints  One night a man had a dream, He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.  For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,  one belonging to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand.  He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.  He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.  This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me?

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.  (Anon.)