The Lord is my Light: sermon for 21 June 2015

Scripture Readings: Psalm 27.1-6
Matthew 7.24-27

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

LighthouseWhen we talk of divine things, we almost always use images. For we need pictures to help us imagine realities which go beyond words. Today’s Psalm, for instance, praises God for his protection. The Psalmist says God is light, a shelter, a rock- all great images for how God is the ultimate protector. Continue reading

Waterloo memorial at the Old High Church

This Sunday, 21 June 2015, at our 11.15 service, we welcome at the Old High Church members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Scots Association following the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Waterloo.

Kennedy Family Memorial Old High Church  InvernessEnsign James Grant Kennedy, appears on his family memorial in the Old High Church. He was the son of Dr William Kennedy, who was one of the founders of the Royal Northern Infirmary. His inscription on the memorial reads:


All of Doctor Grant’s three sons died in military service; James was aged 15 when he was killed at Waterloo. The Memorial is on the West Stairwell in the church, and all are invited to come and view it after the service at the Old High. The colours are currently on display at the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle until August, after which they will have to be stored in order to preserve them.

The Royal Scots leaflet on the colours is available here.

Here is the Scotsman reporting the exhibition of the colours this summer at Edinburgh Castle.

Here is the website of the The Royal Scots Regimental Museum.

Cotton Patch US Youth Choir 22 June at St Stephen’s

Youth Choir 2015 (3)The Youth Choir of University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina will perform the Cotton Patch Gospel at St Stephen’s this coming Monday at 7.30pm.

The young people from Carolina are staying with members of the congregation during the 2 days they are in Inverness.

Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin.


from Wikipedia

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including “Taxi,” “WOL*D,” “Sniper”, “Flowers Are Red,” and the No. 1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (Wikipedia).

Get a taste of The Cotton Patch Gospel on YouTube.

The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More about the choir, and this music, in their Church magazine.

Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon, or on the door on the night.

Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic<a>

Click on the image below to download the poster.

Cotton Patch Poster

The Road not Taken: reflecting on Psalm 1 and John 14.1-6 14 June 2015

A short reflection for our all-age service

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 1

Gospel Reading: John 14:1-6

road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Mrs Helen Morrison- funeral announcement

Mrs Helen Morrison, of 36 Mason Drive has died at home.

She was 80 years old.

Mrs Morrison’s funeral will be held at St Stephen’s church on Tuesday 9 June 2015 at 11am.

The Rev Peter W Nimmo will lead the service.

The funeral director is Wm T Fraser and Son (01463 243232).

Our Super-impressive God! A sermon on Psalm 113. Sunday 7 June 2015: The Second after Pentecost

Scripture Readings: Psalm 113
Luke 15:8-10
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Once I get past check-in, security, passport control and the duty free lounge, I quite like flying. It does not make me scared; rather I get a thrill when we accelerate along the runway, and lift off. Once we’re up, I like to look out of the window. I love maps, so it’s fun to try to work out where we are if there is a break in the cloud. On one trip I was sure we were over Liverpool because I could see the River Mersey and the shape of the Wirral Peninsula where Birkenhead is- and I was right!
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Sunday Bulletin 7 June 2015

14 June 2015: The Third Sunday after Pentecost
10am Sundae Sunday: All Age Service at St Stephen’s Congregational Service:
No Service at Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch
ALL-AGE CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE (SUNDAE SUNDAY) at St Stephen’s NEXT SUNDAY 14 June at 10am (no service at Old High). We will be saying goodbye to David Macartney and presenting a long-service certificate to Sunday School teacher Rosemary Cumming, as well as giving prizes to the Sunday School. And there’ll be ice cream afterwards!
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Care Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, please meet in the transept at St Stephen’s after the service, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
OLD HIGH SUMMER OPENING Can you give a few hours of your time to show visitors the most historic building in Inverness? Please sign up on the sheets at the Old High, or contact Margaret Sutherland.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK A big thank you to all those who contributed to this year’s OHSS Christian Aid Week effort in all sorts of ways.Our three main events this year, with money raised were the Coffee Morning – £957, the Church Collection – £592 and the House to House in the parish – £4070. In addition the Gift Aid donations amounted to approx. £2,500 which will add significantly to the total. And of course there was also the monies given separately to Rachel for her Nepal Mountain Climb and the Nepal church retiral offering. So the Christian Aid sum total paid in to their bank account totals some £5507 which is slightly up on last year’s figure of £5,339. I think that to achieve an increase is amazingly wonderful so thank you again for coffee makers, garden planters, door steppers, bakers, cash counters et al surely a sign of the Christian spirit at work among us. Ken Cantlay.
THE LEPROSY MISSION fund-raising coffee morning/afternoon tea at 18 Auldcastle Road on Tuesday, 9 June from 10.00am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We hope to have Dan and Babs Izzett who represent the Mission in Zimbabwe with us. All welcome. Details: Peter Home.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR are singing on Monday 22nd June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin. The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon. Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic<at>
SUNDAY CAR PARKING Highland Council have taken the decision to implement payment for parking in public car parks on Sundays. The car parks affected are those where payments are due the rest of the week. This includes the Rose Street car park. Contact: Session Clerk, Linda Philp.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>
OLIVE GROVE Shortly we will have some spaces in our friendly afternoon teams, and can offer 2, 3 or 4 hour slots. We appreciate volunteers need flexibility, and we are good at providing cover from our supply list when you need a day off. Mostly we are looking for waiting staff, but if you are interested in cooking or baking we would like to hear from you also. Please drop in to have any questions answered, and leave your name and telephone number.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Dates: 5pm on Friday, 14 August to 5pm on Monday, 17 August 2015. Venue: Gartmore House, Stirlingshire. For further details including travel and accommodation contact Suzi Farrant, Young People and Young Adult’s Development Worker
WANT TO SERVE GOD? “It’s Your Call” Vocations Conference- anyone interested in full-time ministry in the church, or in the Readership, is required to attend this conference. The conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. Queen’s Cross Parish Church, Aberdeen, 27 June 2015. Details: Heather French, or the Minister.
SMALL FARMERS ROADSHOW INVERNESS Saturday, 20 June, 10:00 to 13:00 The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Christian Aid Scotland and Just Trading Scotland are joining forces to spread the message about smallholder farmers and their importance around Scotland! Come and hear about how they are at the forefront of climate change, how they are developing business models and how fair trade can make a difference in their lives and taste some delicious food at Crown Church Hall, Inverness. We may also be lucky enough to have some Malawian farmers visiting to tell their story. Please help us spread the word of this workshop to anyone who might be interested! For more information go to