Dedication of tower cross at the Old High Church

The new Celtic cross atop the Old High Church is gently placed in position. Image courtesy of K2 Specialist Services Ltd.

Open-air dedication service open to the press and public: Monday 4 February 2pm, Old High Churchyard, Church Street, Inverness

Click here to read the prayers used at the Service of Dedication of the Tower Cross.

A new cross has appeared above Inverness as repairs to the tower of the Old High Church nears completion.

The cross, given by an anonymous donor, will replace the weathervane which previously crowned the top of the tower of the oldest church in Inverness. Continue reading

All in good time…? A sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, 20 January 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 January 2013: Year C, Second Sunday after the Epiphany

SERMON

Text: John 2:1-11 (Revised English Bible)- see end of the sermon

All in good time…?

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

We preachers are worriers. We worry about what we’re going to say to you every Sunday. It’s our job to worry- on your behalf- about the Bible readings. All this week, I’ve especially been worrying about verse 4 and verse 5 of today’s Gospel reading. Or rather, not so much those verses, as what is in between them. Because there is nothing in between them. And that’s what’s been worrying me. Because you get verse 4, and right after it comes verse 5, with nothing in between. And I think there should be something in between, and that’s what’s been worrying me. Continue reading

Prayers for Christian Unity Week: 23 January

Christian Unity 2013The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18- 25 January.

You are invited to a brief service of prayers, using materials produced for the Week of Prayer, at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 12.30pm this Wednesday, 23 January.

Bring a packed lunch for afterwards, if you like- tea and coffee will be provided!

For more on the Week of Prayer, please see the web page of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

For more information please contact the Minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo (01463 250 802; peternimmo@minister.com).

Sermon for the Baptism of the Lord. January 12 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 13 January 2013: Year C, Baptism of Christ

SERMON
Texts: Isaiah 43:1-7
Luke 3:15-22

Baptism… of fire?

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I well remember the day I graduated from Glasgow Uni. For once, I didn’t go the Uni in jeans and a sweatshirt- I had an academic gown to wear. There was lunch in the University dining room with my parents, and a meaningful chapel service, before we went to the Victorian splendour of the Bute Hall for the graduation ceremony itself. Students somehow become just a wee bit more adult on graduation day. Continue reading

King and God, and sacrifice!- sermon for Epiphany, 6 January 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 6 January 2013: Year C, Epiphany

SERMON
Texts: Ephesians 3:1-6
Matthew 2:1-12

King and God, and sacrifice!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

A trick question: how many wise men were there? We don’t actually know, for the Gospel of Matthew doesn’t tell us. It tells us there were three gifts, and on that basis Christian tradition decided that the wise men must have come bearing a gift each. And puzzled about who, in fact, these Magi were, later Christians thought that they might be kings. By the time we get to the nineteenth century, and the carol we are going to be singing after this sermon, the three kings of the orient have acquired names: Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.

So the carol We three kings of orient are is hardly Biblical- it’s a product of pious imagination. Yet if it plays fast and loose with the identity of the Magi, it does faithfully tell us about the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and their symbolic significance. Continue reading