Sunday Bulletin 27 March 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 April : Second Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am: Morning Worship at the Old High
services led by the Rev Andrew Lyon,retired minister and member of our congregation
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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CAMERON HOUSE EASTER PRAISE Join us today at 3.30pm for worship with the residents of Cameron House, led by Peter, who is their chaplain. All welcome.
PASTORAL COVER Peter will be on holiday from 3-9 April. For any urgent pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
THE COFFEE MORNING at St Stephen’s on 19 March raised £555 but this has risen to £630 with further donations. Many thanks to all who contributed and attended. There was a great atmosphere/buzz. Special thanks to those who helped on the day making it a successful venture. Margaret McAleer.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 30 March in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer
OLD HIGH MUSIC Next recital is onSaturday 16 April at 12 noon. Organ recital by Graham McLagan from St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh with works by J S Bach, Messiaen, Leighton and others, including Easter music and a recently commissioned Fanfare composed by Rebecca Weir. There will be light refreshments afterwards ahead of a short talk on the history of the Old High Church organised by the Friends of the Old High. All are most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinernet.com
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a few Sundays a year it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23<at>talktalk.net. ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.
CONGREGATION’S ANNUAL MEETING will take place on Sunday 17 April at a Congregational Service at the Old High, beginning at 11.15am.

Rise and shine! Easter Sunday sermon, 2016

Scripture Readings: John 20:1-18

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Rise and shine!

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

In a world in which churchgoing is no longer de rigeur, many people have very little knowledge of the meaning of even basic Christian festivals such as Easter. School assemblies, therefore, the church a chance to talk about what our festivals are really about, to young people who may well not be very aware of their meaning.

On Thursday, I led an Easter Assembly for third and fourth year pupils at Inverness Royal Academy. I’d been asked to do so at the last minute- their usual chaplain was off sick- and so I elected just to tell the story of Easter, and attempt to explain why it was important to Christians. Assuming, as I always do, that the children in front of me had very little idea of Easter, beyond that it is a kind of spring festival with chocolate eggs.

One of the key things we have to try to understand in the story of Jesus’ death and crucifixion is the question, ‘How did it come to this?’ Continue reading

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Click on the graphic for our Holy Week and Easter leaflet

HOLY WEEK services will be at 7pm, Monday to Wednesday at Crown Church.

There will be a Communion Service at Crown for Maundy Thursday, service at 7pm, with a meal starting at 6.15pm, at Crown Church, to which everyone is welcome.

We will host an ecumenical Good Friday service at 7pm at St Stephen’s. This will be a meditative service, featuring music from our choir.

EASTER SUNDAY service at St Stephen’s starting in the garden, 10am. Old High service at 11.15am.

CAMERON HOUSE EASTER PRAISE Join us on Easter Sunday at 3pm for worship with the residents of Cameron House, led by Peter, who is the chaplain to the home. All welcome.

Sunday Bulletin 20 March 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Holy Week
Services at Crown Church, Monday to Thursday, 7pm
Good Friday at St Stephen’s 7pm
Sunday 27 March: Easter Day
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s (beginning in the garden)
11.15am: Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
HOLY WEEK services will be at 7pm, Monday to Wednesday at Crown Church. There will be a Communion Service at Crown for Maundy Thursday, service at 7pm, with a meal starting at 6.15pm to which everyone is welcome. We will host a Good Friday service at 7pm at St Stephen’s. This will be a meditative service, featuring music from our choir.
CAMERON HOUSE EASTER PRAISE Join us on Easter Sunday at 3.30pm for worship with the residents of Cameron House, led by Peter, who is the chaplain to the home. All welcome.
LENT GROUP The next gathering of the Lent Discussion group will be this evening in the Choir of St Stephen’s Church from 7.30 till 8.30pm. Brian McLaren’s book entitled “We make the road by walking” is proving thought-provoking but is also giving us inspiration for quiet reflective time together. “We may not have walked the road that far yet, but that is God’s intent for us”. Each week there is a new focus to explore together, so even if you can’t attend every week, please do join us when you’re able. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a few Sundays a year it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23<at>talktalk.net. ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
MEET & EAT! On Thursday 24 March at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, there will be a gathering for lunch and chat. This is for anyone who would enjoy meeting with members and friends to enjoy a 2 course lunch with coffee or tea. The lunch costs £7.50 and there is no charge for the chat! Please try to join us as this is always a pleasant social occasion. Transport available. To book your meal, please contact Val val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINES are available for distributors TODAY.
ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR CONCERT The recent concert of the St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs together with pupils from the Inverness Royal Academy raised over £1350. A big thank you to all who came along and supported us. Katharina Nimmo.
CONGREGATION’S ANNUAL MEETING will take place on Sunday 17 April at a Congregational Service at the Old High, beginning at 11.15am.
OTHER NEWS
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‘Remember me, Jesus’- a sermon for Palm and Passion Sunday 2016

Scripture Readings: Luke 19:28-40

Luke 23.1-5,13-25-48

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

At the heart of the Christian faith is a great story. For the content of our faith is not a list of abstract doctrines, or list of do’s and don’ts. It’s a story- the story Bible tells of God’s dealings with human beings. It is a story on an epic scale, which jumps around different locations- mostly what we call ‘the Holy Land’, but beginning somewhere in modern Iraq, and taking us to Egypt, Sinai, Arabia, Cyprus, modern Turkey, Greece and Rome. There is war, famine, disaster, as well as joy. All human life is here- friendship, betrayal, love and adultery, politics, deaths and births. All kinds of people are in it- there are acts of barbarity, cunning and evil, as well as acts of kindness and of love. There is faith, and there is faithlessness. Continue reading

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Iris Stewart

Mrs Iris Annie Stewart, 14 Annfield Road, Inverness died at Raigmore Hospital on 10 March 2016.

She was 91.

Mrs Stewart’s funeral service will be held on Friday 18 March 2016 at 12 noon at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA;  thereafter to Tomnahurich Cemetery.

The Funeral Directors are D Chisholm & Sons, Huntly St, Inverness IV3 5HP;  Tel 01463 712255.

Sunday Bulletin 13 March 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 20 March: Palm and Passion Sunday
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am: Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
LENT GROUP The next gathering of the Lent Discussion group will be next Sunday in the Choir of St Stephen’s Church from 7.30 till 8.30pm. Brian McLaren’s book entitled “We make the road by walking” is proving thought-provoking but is also giving us inspiration for quiet reflective time together. “We may not have walked the road that far yet, but that is God’s intent for us”. Each week there is a new focus to explore together, so even if you can’t attend every week, please do join us when you’re able. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
PRAYER SPACE IN ST STEPHEN’S during Lent Wednesdays 12pm – 2pm and Fridays 6pm – 8pm. Come to meditate on God’s word. To read, reflect, to listen, to worship through music. Come and draw, to write, to paint or dance! Contact Ruth Martin.
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a few Sundays a year it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23<at>talktalk.net. ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING this Wednesday 16 March in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
COFFEE MORNING this Saturday 19 March 10am-12noon in St Stephen’s Church Hall. Admission £2.50. The hall will be open on Friday from 6pm-9pm to accept your donations of cake/candy, gifts & prizes. We would also appreciate help on the day. If you are unable to help with any of the above but still wish to contribute, please put an envelope marked Donation Coffee Morning in the offering plate. Contact Margaret McAleer.
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE will be available for distributors to collect on 20 March.

Living under The Word- a sermon for the ordination of elders, 13 March 2015

Scripture Readings: Philippians 3:4b-14

Mark 10:41-45

Living under The Word

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

HEL219079 Portrait of John Calvin (1509-64) (oil on panel) by Swiss School, (16th century) oil on panel 41.5x28 Bibliotheque Publique et Universitaire, Geneva, Switzerland © Held Collection Swiss, out of copyright

Portrait of John Calvin (1509-64) (oil on panel) by Swiss School, (16th century)
Bibliotheque Publique et Universitaire, Geneva, Switzerland

Very often, the names of Christian denominations describe something of how they are governed. Catholics have a worldwide church structure. Episcopalians have bishops involved in the workings of their church. The Church of Scotland, for historical reasons, does not mention in its title the word which describes our kind of church government. It is, however, a word historically used by churches around the world which were influenced by our way of doing things. That word is ‘Presbyterian’. Continue reading

A new creation- sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Sunday 6 March 2016

Scripture Readings (from the New Revised Standard Version)
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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

One of the mysteries of church life, which after all these years I’ve still not solved, is the fact that so many church people seem to regard their role as preventing and hindering change. If you asked people beyond the church what they regarded as typical attitudes of religious people, they would probably say something like ‘conservative’ or ‘traditionalist’ or even ‘old-fashioned’. Religious people seem to find change difficult- it’s always been done that way is a familiar cry. Even change for the better is too often a subject of suspicion.

It may well be that in many religions, that is the correct attitude to take. And, no doubt, there are many things in our fast-changing world which Christians ought to be suspicious about. But the idea that Christianity is fundamentally not in favour of change is not, in my view, supported by the Bible. In fact, the opposite is the case. Continue reading