The danger of not noticing: Sermon for Old High Communion, 27 October 2013

Communion Service at the Old High Church, Inverness
Sunday 27 October 2013
SERMON
Text: Luke 16:19-31

The danger of not noticing
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In most homes, the dining table is an important piece of furniture. The dining table in our kitchen is special, indeed was already special even before it came to us. We were not long in Carntyne, living in a manse for the first time, in a house which was much larger than any we had lived in before, when Alan and Helen came to me. Continue reading

Action Teams and our new constitution

Our congregation operates legally under a Unitary Constitution.

As in all Church of Scotland congregations, the Kirk Session, consisting of elders and chaired by the Minister, is our governing body.

In 2013 we reviewed the workings of the Session. You can read the model which was agreed at that time here.

Within the Session there is a small Leadership Team, and a series of Action Teams: Continue reading

Confident Spirituality- sermon for 20 October 2013 (Proper 24)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 October 2013: Proper 24
SERMON
Texts: 2 Timothy 3:14-4.-5
Luke 18.1-8

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

Spirituality is a word much on vogue these days. And like many vogue words, it has many meanings, for it is a very vague concept. We hear about Celtic spirituality, and Buddhist spirituality. You hear of people whose spirituality doesn’t seem to have much connection with religion- for example, there are those who say they find the sacred when they climb high mountains. Continue reading

Imagining Scotland’s Future

Imaging Scotland Future heading

Old High St Stephen’s congregation, the Presbytery of Inverness, and the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland invite you to a community meeting to ‘Imagine Scotland’s Future’.

Explore with your neighbours and friends the values you would like to see in Scotland in the years ahead.

The meeting will help you explore by focusing on 3 questions:

1. What values are most important to you for the Future of Scotland?
2. How can we make Scotland a better place to be?
3. How do we put our aspirations into action?

There will be structured discussion at the end of which we will have produced a values based statement about our vision for the future.

The outcomes of the discussions will be gathered from communities across Scotland in 2013 and published in 2014, in the run-up to the referendum on independence.

The Inverness event will be on Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA. Click here for map.

If you are on Facebook, let us know you are coming by signing up on the event page.

More details from the Church and Society Council or leave a comment to contact us.

We have posters for this event which we would like to put up across the city. Download them here, or pick them up from the Church doors or contact us if you need more.

Hope in disastrous times- sermon for 6 October 2013: Year C, Proper 22

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 6 October 2013: Year C, Proper 22

SERMON
Texts: Lamentations 1:1-6 and 3:19-26
Luke 17:5-10

Hope in disastrous times

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

I have a wonderful memory of the first time I saw the Mediterranean Sea. I opened the blind on a sleeper train window in the south of France, and saw a sea which was a blue colour I thought you could only get in paintings. For most of us, ‘the Med’ is a place of beauty, relaxation, fun. But, like any sea, it is also dangerous. Continue reading