Old High Sunday Order – 30 July 2017

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS
30 July 2017: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Our worship this morning is led by
our Pastoral Assistant, Rev Arthur Sinclair
Please say together the words in bold
Approach to God
Welcome and Announcements
Choir Introit
The Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
The Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good
for those who love God.
If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8
Therefore, In faith and confidence, let us worship God.
Hymn 173 Sing to God new songs of worship
Call to Prayer (please remain standing, if you are able)
Prayers of Approach and Confession                   Rev Peter W Nimmo
Prayer of the Day (said together)
Treasures lose their lustre, and riches are easily spent, but your kingdom endures forever. We approach you, God, trusting your will for our lives. Assure us of your abiding presence, and give us confidence as we follow Christ’s call. Amen.
adapted from ‘When we Gather’ by James G Kirk
Hymn 71 Give thanks unto the Lord our God (Tune Ellacombe 247)
The Word of God
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:26-39
Paul assures the Christians of Rome that in our times of weakness the Spirit will help us to pray. We are comforted in knowing that nothing will ever separate from the love of God.
Choir:
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Jesus tells the disciples, and us, what God’s coming kingdom will be like.
Hymn 343 The reign of God, like farmer’s field
Sermon: ‘Your Kingdom come’- but be careful for what you ask!
Response to the Word of God
Hymn 588 Praise the Spirit in creation (Tune Regent Square 110)
Offering
Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Dedication
The Lord’s Prayer (said together)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen.
Hymn 465 Be Thou my vision
Dismissal and Blessing and Threefold Amen
 
Organist and Choir Director: Robin Versteeg
Reader: Chrissie Lacey

St Stephen’s – Sunday Orders 30 July 2017

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
AT ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH, INVERNESS
30 July 2017: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Our worship this morning is led by
our Pastoral Assistant, Rev Arthur Sinclair
Please say together the words in bold
Approach to God
Welcome and Announcements
Choir Introit
Call to Worship (please stand if you are able)
The Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
The Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good
for those who love God.
If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8
Therefore, In faith and confidence, let us worship God.
Hymn 173 Sing to God new songs of worship
Call to Prayer
Prayers of Approach and Confession                   Rev Peter W Nimmo
Prayer of the Day (said together)
Treasures lose their lustre, and riches are easily spent, but your kingdom endures forever. We approach you, God, trusting your will for our lives. Assure us of your abiding presence, and give us confidence as we follow Christ’s call. Amen.
adapted from ‘When we Gather’ by James G Kirk
Hymn 71 Give thanks unto the Lord our God (Tune Ellacombe 247)
The Word of God
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:26-39
Paul assures the Christians of Rome that in our times of weakness the Spirit will help us to pray. We are comforted in knowing that nothing will ever separate from the love of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Jesus tells the disciples, and us, what God’s coming kingdom will be like.
Hymn 343 The reign of God, like farmer’s field
Sermon: ‘Your Kingdom come’- but be careful for what you ask!
Response to the Word of God
Hymn 588 Praise the Spirit in creation (Tune Regent Square 110)
Offering with music from the Choir
Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Dedication
The Lord’s Prayer (said together)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen.
Hymn 465 Be Thou my vision
Dismissal and Blessing and Threefold Amen
Organist: Ross Fairfield                  Choir Director: Pam McCulloch

Mr Aeneas Mackay

Mr Mackay passed away on 14 July 2017. His funeral will be held on Monday 24 July 2017 at 10.30am in St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness, thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery, Inverness. Rev Arthur Sinclair will officiate.

Details from D Chisholm & Son, Huntly Street, Inverness IV3 5HP. Tel 01463 712255.

 

 

 

Sunday Bulletin 23 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 July 2017: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch,at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator: younger873,at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair,at>btinternet.com.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next lunchtime event will be an organ recital, Saturday 12 August, 12 noon. We welcome back Mark Spalding from Angus, who performed for us in 2015. His repertoire includes work by J.S. Bach, Mozart and Brahms, and 20th century organ compositions. Details: ohssmusic,at>gmail.com or stevenson.ata,at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei,at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73,at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY are at the church doors. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Interested in finding out more about volunteering? Daytime, night-time and Prayer Pastor opportunities. information events: Saturday 22 July 2017 10am-12pm and Wednesday 2 August 2017 7.30pm-9.30pm at ’The Hub’, Inverness Baptist Church, 83 Castle Street, Inverness. Contact  robyn,at>loveinverness.org
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired and explore new and exciting ideas. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch,at>gmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 16 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 July 2017: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator:  younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND GIFT to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk. She also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union- nearly 30 years’ service given freely and faithfully. Put your contribution in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in offering bag, or contact our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming. Closing date today.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (maclosheiaol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY now available at both churches. Ruth Martin (07595 219308).
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Interested in finding out more about volunteering? Daytime, night-time and Prayer Pastor opportunities. information events: Saturday 22 July 2017 10am-12pm and Wednesday 2 August 2017 7.30pm-9.30pm at ’The Hub’, Inverness Baptist Church, 83 Castle Street, Inverness. Contact robynloveinverness.org
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired and explore new and exciting ideas. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurchgmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 9 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 July 2017: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator:  younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (01463 716288) arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
HEALING SERVICE St Stephen’s today at 4pm: welcome. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHEESE & WINE A very happy evening was enjoyed in the Old Hall on Friday 30 June. The sum of £450 was raised and Rena and Evelyn wish to thank the ccongregation for their support and generosity. Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>hotmail.co.uk
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Interested in finding out more about volunteering as an Inverness Street Pastor? Daytime, night-time and Prayer Pastor opportunities. information events: Saturday 22 July 2017 10am-12pm and Wednesday 2 August 2017 7.30pm-9.30pm at ’The Hub’, Inverness Baptist Church, 83 Castle Street, Inverness. Contact robyn<at>loveinverness.org
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

Sunday Bulletin 2 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 July 2017 : The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
RETIRING OFFERING held at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes raised £287.60. If you missed the opportunity to donate and would like to do so, then please put your donation in an envelope marked “Dr Graham’s Homes” for the attention of Sandy Cumming. The Kirk Session decided to have a retiring offering for this charity in memory of the late Rev Arthur Fraser who had a special relationship with Dr Graham’s.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING I would like to thank Annette Stoker for the wonderful array of floral displays which covered Chinese, Rennie Mackintosh and contemporary. Also her relaxed and humorous style added to everyone’s enjoyment. I would also like to thank everyone that helped, and  those who came along to help raise the sum of £359. Joan Darcy.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The  Annual General Meeting will be held in the Church on Monday 3 July at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the Friends is welcome to attend. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 July at 4pm to which are all welcome. Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan .
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER WITH A LONGTERM CONDITION Inverness Groups meet Thursday 29 June 12 noon to 2pm at Smithton Free Church; Monday 3 July 2-4pm at Trinity Church Hall; Thursday 6 July at MS Therapy Centre 6.30-8pm. Boccia Wednesday 28 June at Spectrum Centre 2-4pm. Contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration