Sunday Bulletin 28 January 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 4 February 2018: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikeysline a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikeysline charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, when the University of St Andrews Organist Tom Wilkinson will be our soloist. Tom conducted the Kellie Consort concert in the church last July, experienced by many to be one of the highlights of last year’s events. He specialises in performing music from the Baroque period, so his programme will centre around Vivaldi and JS Bach, though Mendelssohn-lovers will also not be disappointed. Tom has a high reputation in the music world of Scotland, so we are keen to have a good audience to show our appreciation for his trip north. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com. To get emails about coming music events, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, 15 Cradlehall Meadows, Inverness IV2 5DG, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine or Recent Posts Pew Alterations at the Old High (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
OTHER NEWS
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. . For more information, speak to the Minister or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day
OXFAM INVERNESS invite you to an open day on Saturday 27 January from 10am to 3pm. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes in our busy Oxfam Shop at 11 Lombard Street, Inverness; no need to book, just call in.Our shop is a great place to meet new people, gain new skills, indulge a hobby, and make a difference! Pamela Nolan oxfamshopf6505<at>oxfam.org.uk
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: kroger<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.
ELEVATE HIGHLANDS on Friday 2 February at 7.30pm  at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness.  We have worship, games and food, along with a guest speaker. All in S3-S6 welcome. Elevate is a monthly event for those in S3-S6 which aims to challenge, encourage and inspire our young people in their walk with God, with a leadership team from churches around Inverness. If you want to know more about what Elevate is before sending along your youth group, please do feel free to get in contact with us via email. Greg Youngson elevatehighland<at>gmail.com www.facebook.com/elevatehighland

Prophets or prattlers: sermon for 28 January 2018

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 18.14-22

Mark 1.21-28

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

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Donald Trump has added a few words and phrases to our vocabulary over the last couple of years (some too rude to mention in church!). But I suppose one phrase we will remember him by is the cry of ‘fake news’ with which he describes any news stories which he doesn’t like. Trump has caught the mood of many in the United States, and here in Europe as well, who have become deeply suspicious of what he likes to call ‘The mainstream media’. For it seems that many folk are having trouble sorting out the wheat from the chaff in the media- they don’t know whether what they should believe in the newspapers, radio, television or the internet. Or perhaps many of them do know what, or who, to believe- whatever news agrees with their existing beliefs, or what TV personality or newspaper columnist suits them. Continue reading

Pew alterations at the Old High Church

OH pew changes red

At the end of February we plan to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in our September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.

The proposed changes are shown on the above drawing. Pew portions being removed are in red:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area.

For more details, please see the September 2017 magazine or contact our Session Clerks.

More details were in the September 2017 magazine

Fire and fury… and hope- A sermon on Jonah, Sunday 21 January 2018

Scripture Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10

Mark 1:14-20

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

Jonah and the Whale (1621) By Pieter Lastman Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24208288

Jonah and the Whale (1621) By Pieter Lastman Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24208288

‘Now Jonah he lived in a whale’. That, in the words of the Gershwin song (sung here by Paul Robeson), is all that many folk know about Jonah. Or perhaps they know a little more of the story of this reluctant prophet. Of how he was asked to preach against the city of Nineveh, and how he decided to avoid the command of God by going in the opposite direction- he boards a ship headed for Spain. But God is not to be foiled. A storm springs up, and Jonah confesses to the terrified sailors that he is the cause of their distress- he has disobeyed the God of the wind and waves. They throw him overboard, and calm returns to the sea. Jonah, meanwhile, is swallowed by his famous giant fish, who spews him up alive on a beach. It is at this point that this morning’s reading takes up the story. So again, the command of the Lord comes to Jonah: ‘Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to the people the message I have given you’[1]. And so, after his fishy adventure Jonah, does finally head for Nineveh, with a stark warning for the people of the city: ‘In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!’[2] Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 21 January 2018

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN YESTERDAY’S MEETING ABOUT THE GOING FORWARD PROJECT. We will get back to you with the results as soon as possible.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 January. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikeysline a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikeysline charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 24 January. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but other crafts welcome. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, when the University of St Andrews Organist Tom Wilkinson will be our soloist. Tom conducted the Kellie Consort concert in the church last July, experienced by many to be one of the highlights of last year’s events. He specialises in performing music from the Baroque period, so his programme will centre around Vivaldi and JS Bach, though Mendelssohn-lovers will also not be disappointed. Tom has a high reputation in the music world of Scotland, so we are keen to have a good audience to show our appreciation for his trip north. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: ECUMENICAL SERVICE Sunday 21 January at 6pm, at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Inverness Presbytery are helping to organise this service, which we are hoping will be an opportunity for local Christians from our various denominations to worship together and learn from each other. Please come along if you are able to, and witness to the uniting power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jonathan Appleby jon.wyvis<at>gmail.com
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. . For more information, speak to the Minister or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day
OXFAM INVERNESS invite you to an open day on Saturday 27 January from 10am to 3pm. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes in our busy Oxfam Shop at 11 Lombard Street, Inverness; no need to book, just call in.Our shop is a great place to meet new people, gain new skills, indulge a hobby, and make a difference! Pamela Nolan oxfamshopf6505<at>oxfam.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an innovative and motivated person with excellent people skills for the charity shop in Academy Street, Inverness (closing date 22 January 2018) and a shop warehouse person for the Dingwall shop, who must be fit for heavy manual lifting. 37.5 hours p/w. Job descriptions/application forms from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org or www.blythswood.org

‘Come and see!’- Sermon for 14 January 2018

Scripture Readings: Psalm 139.1-18

John 1:43-51

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

Just after I was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, I had an experience which reminded me that in this job, I would be working with all kinds of people. I was asked to appear on a late night TV show on Scottish Television in Glasgow. The show was called Trial by Night (there is one episode available on YouTube– thankfully not the one featuring me!), and it was presented by a former weatherman. The other guests were a member of parliament, and young women in a leopard skin dress. In the hospitality suite beforehand, I asked the lady what she did. She said she was a writer, and so I asked her what she wrote. She told me she wrote pornographic novels for women. Well, I thought, if I’d never been ordained I would probably never have met someone who wrote pornographic novels! Continue reading

Going Forward Survey: Congregational Retreat

Congregational Retreat, Saturday 20 January, 10.30am- 12.30pm at St Stephen’s

(Sandwich lunch to follow)

In early 2017, we commissioned a survey of our parish to try to identify needs in the communities we serve which we might be able to meet as a congregation. The Going Forward Survey was completed in August by Kerrera Wilson. We will be discussing the proposals at a Congregational Retreat on Saturday 20 January 2018, at an event led by the Minister.

Download a copy of the full Survey Report PDF image

 

 

PDF imageDownload the Report’s recommendations.

 

 

The suggestions made by the report include the following:

1 Employ a full-time community worker or associate minister for missional purposes.

2 Possible developments of St Stephen’s halls as a facility for older people.

3 Set up Messy Church for families with young children.

4 Explore the option of using OH halls on Academy Street as a dry bar or drop in centre thus supporting homeless people and the local business nearby.

5 Exploring a situation of working jointly in co-operation with another church(s).

For more information about the Going Forward survey and report, please contact us.