Funeral Announcement – Mrs Janet Neville

Mrs Janet Neville died at Mandaville Care Home on 18 July 2015.

Mrs Neville’s funeral  will be held on Friday 24th July at 12.30pm in Inverness Crematorium.

All friends are invited and asked not to wear dark colours, particularly no black ties. This will be a celebration of her long life, almost 100 years.


Anyone can fish!- a sermon on Luke 5.1-11

This is the first in a sermon series The Genius of Jesus

Scripture Reading: Luke 5.1-11

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

Genius 1 Encouraging Potential Image TitleLet me take you, in your imagination, to Lake Gennesaret- another name for the Sea of Galilee, the inland lake in the north of Israel which makes up part of the Jordan river valley. We walk down from the fertile farming country of Galilee to the lake, which lies in a depression in the landscape. It is almost 700 feet below sea level (but because the River Jordan runs through it, it’s not salty like the Dead Sea to the south). Because the lake is so low, and surrounded by high mountains, the lake is prone to sudden, violent storms. But there are a number of large towns on the lakeside, for the Lake Galilee is famous for its fishing (salted fish are exported around the Roman Empire). Continue reading

The only One to trust: a sermon on Psalm 146; 5 July 2015

Sunday 5 July 2015 (Year A, Narrative Lectionary)

Scripture Readings:

Psalm 146 (read responsively: Common Worship version (CH4 102)

Luke 7:18-23

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

So today is the last of our sermons series on the Psalms. And you may have noticed today that I’ve chosen all Psalms as our praise items today. You may remember that last Sunday, I mentioned various hymns which were based on the Psalms. So we’re singing some of those today.

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Sunday Bulletin 5 July 2015

Sunday 12 July 2015
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship 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<at>
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, 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 morning 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.
RETIRING OFFERINGS held on Sunday 31 May and Sunday 28 June raised £243.20 in aid of Crohn’s Disease.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a healing service in St Stephen’s on 12 July at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
URGENT: 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 call Margaret Sutherland.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are now available at church doors.
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Beginning next Sunday will be a summer worship series on ‘The Genius of Jesus’, highlighting particular aspects of Jesus’ ministry and personality, especially aspects that broke new ground and revealed more of the heart of God. Themes are:
July 12: Encouraging Potential. Luke 5:1-11
July 19: Balancing Power. Luke 16:1-15,19-31
July 26: Promoting Peace.: Matthew 26:48-54
August 2: Crossing Lines. Luke 13:10-17
August 9: Showing the Sacred. Luke 15:11-32
August 16: Holding Heaven. Matthew 13:24-32
August 23: Inviting Action. John 4:4-42
MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016 The Committee elected to nominate the Moderator for the next General Assembly now seeks recommendations from the Church for a person to fulfil this role. Those recommended must be a minister, elder or deacon but any member can make a recommendation using the form which can be downloaded from the news section of the Church of Scotland website. Completed forms should be sent to by 31 July 2015. The Committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September.
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. Our own Rachel Hutcheson was the Moderator in 1914-15. 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
DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this event has come round again and volunteers are being sought to greet visitors to the Old High Church on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4 pm. The day will be divided into 1 hour periods, so it is not too onerous! Please contact Margaret Sutherland if you are able to assist.
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The Highland Justice Not War Group will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday August 8th at 1230 pm. The short ceremony will include the floating of origami paper boats and peace crane birds down the River Ness. Afterwards there will be a bring and share picnic lunch – all interested are invited to join us at this event. Venue: banks of River Ness at corner of Bught Park, beside layby and fishermen’s hut. For details contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie
Heavenly Father we pray this week for:
Our ministers and pastors: Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; David Macartney and Dougie Wolf
Those who are going on holiday, for a restful time, a recharging of energy and safe travel and protection
The visitors who come into the Old High that they will experience Your love and healing, and for their volunteers welcoming them
Those on their own, experiencing loneliness and poor health that they come to know Your Holy Spirit
Those who commit and plan atrocities that they will come to know Your love and lay down their weapons and pick up their responsibilities
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela. For A renewal of faith by Christians in these countries so giving hope to the indigenous peoples bearing the brunt of poverty amid growing economic disparity.