Sunday Bulletin for 20 July 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 27 July 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at Old High

Both Services led by Rev Jim Christie.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

PASTORAL CARE Our pastoral assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, is on holiday until 21 July. The minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, will be on holiday from 12 July until 2 August inclusive. For pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Morven Archer (Locally Ordained Minister at Crown).

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is holding an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

CHURCH OPENING The Old High Church is already open to visitors during the summer, but we are aiming to have it open Monday to Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. This is much appreciated, both by residents and visitors. It also, incidentally, brings in a large amount in donations. We still require more folks to help out with this mission to the city centre. It’s a fascinating task, and needs little training, just a the ability to give a warm welcome. If you can help, even just for a little bit of time, please contact Margaret Sutherland as soon as

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

ANNUAL INVERNESS INTERFAITH PICNIC at WHIN PARK on Saturday 2nd August, from 11.30am. All welcome. Do come and share the multicultural fine food, friendship and fair or fickle weather! (Entering Whin Park by the Ice cream stall, we’ll be by the boating pond.) For more information contact John Barbour.

NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY 2014 Young people aged between 17-25 inclusive are reminded them about the National Youth Assembly. It is being held at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire from 5pm Fri 15th till 5pm Mon 18th August 2014.
The theme for the weekend is ‘My Father’s House’ and we’ll be exploring how we worship, how we think the church should be spending it’s money, how we can do ministry intergenerationally and how we can support Christians in the Middle East. Alongside all of that there will be the usual mix of small groups, workshops, worship, late night sessions and social stuff (a masquerade ball and other things to celebrate our 20th birthday are being planned) – it’s all very exciting. It is a great opportunity for young adults to let the Church of Scotland (on a national level) know what they think about the issues discussed so we hope as many as possible are able to join us. Booking is available online The booking deadline has been extended to TODAY to allow as many as possible to sign up.
For further details contact with me Suzi Farrant (Children and Young People’s Development Worker)

Sunday Bulletin for 13 July 2014

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Sunday 20 July 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at Old High

Both Services led by Reader Jonathan Appleby.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

PASTORAL CARE Our pastoral assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, is on holiday until 21 July. The minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, will be on holiday from 12 July until 2 August inclusive. For pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Morven Archer (Locally Ordained Minister at Crown).

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is holding an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

HEALINGSERVICEThere will be a Service for Healing at St Stephen’s THIS SUNDAY to which all are invited.

CHURCH OPENING The Old High Church is already open to visitors during the summer, but we are aiming to have it open Monday to Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. This is much appreciated, both by residents and visitors. It also, incidentally, brings in a large amount in donations. We still require more folks to help out with this mission to the city centre. It’s a fascinating task, and needs little training, just a the ability to give a warm welcome. If you can help, even just for a little bit of time, please contact Margaret Sutherland as soon as possible

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

ANNUAL INVERNESS INTERFAITH PICNIC at WHIN PARK on Saturday 2nd August, from 11.30am. All welcome. Do come and share the multicultural fine food, friendship and fair or fickle weather! (Entering Whin Park by the Ice cream stall, we’ll be by the boating pond.) For more information contact John Barbour .

NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY 2014 Young people aged between 17-25 inclusive are reminded them about the National Youth Assembly. It is being held at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire from 5pm Fri 15th till 5pm Mon 18th August 2014.
The theme for the weekend is ‘My Father’s House’ and we’ll be exploring how we worship, how we think the church should be spending it’s money, how we can do ministry intergenerationally and how we can support Christians in the Middle East. Alongside all of that there will be the usual mix of small groups, workshops, worship, late night sessions and social stuff (a masquerade ball and other things to celebrate our 20th birthday are being planned) – it’s all very exciting. It is a great opportunity for young adults to let the Church of Scotland (on a national level) know what they think about the issues discussed so we hope as many as possible are able to join us. Booking is available online The booking deadline has been extended to 20th July to allow as many as possible to sign up.
For further details contact with me Suzi Farrant (Children and Young People’s Development Worker).

Sunday Bulletin for 6 July 2014

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This Evening

7pm Summer Praise at the Old High

See further details in Congregation News inside

Sunday 13 July 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at Old High

Both Services led by Reader Jonathan Appleby.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SUMMER PRAISE AT THE OLD HIGH This evening at 7pm. A fun, informal evening of singing favourite hymns and songs, for the whole congregation, and for all ages. Do you have a favourite hymn?- please contact Peter. To help lead the singing in a specially-formed choir, please contact Rena Beaton

CARE HOMES Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the following short acts of worship:

SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME, immediately following the St Stephen’s service this morning, led by Jim Alexander. We meet in the transept and, after tea/coffee, leave at 11.15am

ADEN HOUSE CARE HOME, Annfield Road, on Tuesday 8th July at 2.00pm. The worship will be led by Rev. Peter Nimmo. Details from Jim Alexander

PASTORAL CARE Our pastoral assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, is on holiday until 21 July. The minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, will be on holiday from 12 July until 2 August inclusive. For pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Morven Archer (Locally Ordained Minister at Crown).

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is hold an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

STEWARDSHIP MEETING Fiona Penny, one of the Church of Scotland’s Stewardship Consultants will be coming to Old High St Stephen’s to tell us about new ways of running a Stewardship Programme on Tuesday 8 July at 7.30 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. All elders and members of the congregation interested in Stewardship are welcome to attend the meeting.

HEALINGSERVICEThere will be a Service for Healing at St Stephen’s on July 13th, at 4pm to which all are invited. (Contact Ruth Martin)

CHURCH OPENING The Old High Church is already open to visitors during the summer, but we are aiming to have it open Monday to Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. This is much appreciated, both by residents and visitors. It also, incidentally, brings in a large amount in donations. We still require more folks to help out with this mission to the city centre. It’s a fascinating task, and needs little training, just a the ability to give a warm welcome. If you can help, even just for a little bit of time, please contact Margaret Sutherland as soon as possible

BRIDGE EVENING The Social, Fundraising Action Team are planning an informal bridge evening in the Old High Hall on Friday 29 August at 7pm, light refreshments will be served. Tickets at £7 are now available from Christina Cameron, Margaret McAleer and for further information telephone Diana Fraser.

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.

Favourite hymns at our Summer Songs of Praise

Tonight we had a very enjoyable Summer Songs of Praise service, with favourite hymns chosen by members of the congregation. Apparently the BBC show Songs of Praise also had a ‘top ten’ of hymns tonight.
Here’s the hymns folk chosen for our service tonight-
Summer suns are glowing
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Fairest Lord Jesus
Safe in the shadow of the Lord
My life flows on in endless song
Thine be the glory
Brother, sister let me serve you
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
Be still my soul
How great thou art
Fight the good fight
Immortal, invisible God only wise
Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer
Who would true valour see?
The day you gave us, Lord, is ended
The peace of the earth be with you

Faith in public: sermon for 29 June 2014 communion at St Stephen’s

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 25 May 2014: Year A, The Fifth Sunday of Easter

SERMON
Texts: Acts 17:16-31
John 14:15-21

Faith in public

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

In the Church of Scotland, all our Sunday services are traditionally described as ‘public worship’. For the death and resurrection of Jesus were public events. But how do we proclaim this in the public arena, how do we take this message into the world? Today’s reading from the book of Acts gives us some clues about how we can do it. It tells a story about St Paul visiting Athens. Luke, the writer of Acts, says that ‘all the citizens of Athens and the foreigners who lived there liked to spend all their time telling and hearing the latest new thing’. It was a world city, a centre of civilisation and philosophy, at the crossroads of east and west, multicultural and multiethnic. Paul must have been fired up by the opportunities it presented to argue out the case for the Christian message with representatives of all the other competing philosophies of the day.

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A Respectful Dialogue on Independence: Thursday 26 June at Inverness Town House

A RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE A Debate on the Independence Referendum, chaired by Rev Jan Mathieson, Cawdor and Croy Churches. Blair Jenkins, Yes Scotland, will be debating with Mike Robb, Labour Party. All welcome. Thursday June 26, Inverness, 7.30pm.

The ‘respectful dialogue’ term was used for an event held during the recent General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The dialogue was chaired by the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers. Previously, he had written in an article for the Sunday times:

‘In Scotland, as we stand on the threshold of the most important decision that the Scottish people have faced in peacetime history, we do not need a highly emotive and deeply personalised public rammy…. We need a Respectful Dialogue about Scotland’s future whether it is as an independent nation or as part of the United Kingdom. I am confident that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland can model the way in which this dialogue should be conducted and I am equally confident that if the Better Together and the Yes campaigners conduct themselves in the same way, then post-referendum healing and recovery will be much more manageable’.

The Moderator has also spoken of the need for respectful dialogue in a recent Scotsman article.

Although this even is not organised by the churches, I hope many Christian people will want to support it.

Magazine for June 2014

The latest edition of our church magazine is now available online. This is a downloadable PDF file.

Please contact us if you would like a printed copy.

Here is the minister’s letter from the magazine, which previews changes coming in the life of the congregation.

Dear friends,
There are lots of things in this magazine, but there are two items which are important for us as we look to the future of our congregation.
With the appointment of a new treasurer, Sandy Cumming, and the decision to employ a book-keeper, we are starting to gain a clearer picture of our finances. Furthermore, the Session has decided that there should be a stewardship programme in the autumn, which will ask us to think about our financial giving.
There is no doubt that people support churches which have a clear vision. The other important article is the report which our Linda Philip, our Session Clerk, wrote for the recent Kirk Session conference. She highlights the ways in which we have been able to change our ways of working, and the fact that we are now operating with a church plan to inform our decision-making.
At the Session conference on 7 June, we particularly discussed the question of worship. There is no doubt that while most of enjoy and are nourished by the worship of our congregation, we are sadly unable to encourage many others to join us in our worship. We are seeing fewer people at our Sunday services, because even although new people do join us, they are not enough to replace those who are leaving us for whatever reason.
As a result, and after much discussion, the Session unanimously decided that our main priority this year should be to develop worship at St Stephen’s towards a less formal and more contemporary form of worship, while developing and maintaining the formal style of worship at Old High. We have a number of ideas for doing this, but we will be spending time finding out about developments in the wider church to see what models might work for us, and to learn how to implement the changes we need. Our Leadership Team will take this forward, and no doubt you will hear- and see- more about this as time goes on.
There is a real feeling in our Session that we need to take decisive steps in new directions. We do not yet have a clear plan of where those steps will take us, but it is very clear that the status quo will not do. My sense is that the Session now wants to lead us into a new and exciting stage of the development of our congregation, in which we use our two worship centres in creative ways.
The Israelites on the way to the Promised Land sometimes yearned for the fleshpots of Egypt. Jesus’ disciples often misunderstood him has he led them towards Jerusalem. When God leads his people in new ways it is not always comfortable. But it is exciting. I’m certainly excited, because I feel we are stepping out on the most exciting stage of our journey together so far.
May God bless you and yours, Peter

Services during the summer

Here is a list of services for the summer period.

Please note that:

  • there will be a congregational service this coming Sunday at St Stephen’s, with no service at the Old High
  • the St Stephen’s June Communion has been changed from 22 June to 29 June

Print out the leaflet and put it on your fridge or somewhere handy so you can see what’s going on!