Why worship God anyway? A sermon for Trinity Sunday 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 26 May 2013 : Year C, Trinity Sunday

SERMON
Texts: Psalm 8
John 16:12-15

Why worship God anyway?

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

‘Know your place!’ is a terrible thing to say to someone. Because it’s always that the person who’s saying it assumes that their place is somewhere higher and better than the person they are speaking to. Even if it isn’t said, still we wince when people imply that we ought to know our place.  Continue reading

General Assembly 2013- how to keep up

The Church of Scotland website has lots of ways to keep up with the General Assembly.

Once more there are excellent twice-daily summaries you can listen to or read by Douglas Aitken. There are a terrific digest of the assembly proceedings.

When the Assembly is sitting you can follow live on the webcast. The debate on same-sex relationships and the ministry is on Monday morning.

Assembly reports and papers are also available.

Enough food for everyone? Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 12 May 2013

During this service, we texted prayers for Christian Aid Week. See prayers from around the UK and Ireland here.

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 12 May 2013: Year C, Christian Aid Sunday

SERMON
Texts: 1 Kings 17:8-16
John 6:1-14

Enough food for everyone?
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Most of us here are probably familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. But we are probably less familiar with the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Continue reading

Summer Evening Speakers announced: includes John Bell

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Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church has announced the speakers at this year’s summer evening services at the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness.

We have been hosting guest speakers at evening services on summer Sunday evenings at the Old High, the oldest church in Inverness, for more than a decade. We host these speakers as a gift to the whole Christian Community of Inverness, fulfilling the Old High’s role as the ‘town church’ of the City of Inverness.

Each event begins with worship at 7.30pm, and includes refreshments and a question and answer session.

This year’s guest speakers are:

9 June 2013: James M Fraser MA MEd FRSA, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

30 June 2013: Kenneth Steven, writer, author and poet

21 July 2013: Rev John L. Bell, Iona Community member, hymnwriter, lecturer, broadcaster

11 August 2013: Rev Martin Johnstone, Priority Areas Secretary of the Church of Scotland and Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland

Please see below for more information about each speaker. More detail about their talks will follow later. Continue reading