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

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
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: jimjimmonro.com . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
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>btinternet.com).
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
OTHER NEWS
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 ljaimiesonchurchofscotland.org.uk 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 sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk.
ADVANCE NOTICES
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 atmackenziegmail.com
PRAYER POINTERS
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.

Sunday Bulletin 28 June 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 5 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:  jimjimmonro.com  The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details:
E-mail:  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
WORSHIP TODAY Everyone is welcome to share Communion with us at St Stephen’s. At Old High, we are delighted to welcome our friend Dave Macartney.
WHIST DRIVE this Saturday 4 July in Old High Hall at 7.30pm. Ticket including refreshments £5. Please come and enjoy the evening. Tickets are available today at both Churches. Further information Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH HALL DEVELOPMENT was approved at the Presbytery on Tuesday night. We will keep you informed as the work at the hall begins. More information from our Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
PRESBYTERY MODERATOR RECEPTION/MEETING Sincere thanks are due to everyone who helped to ensure that the Moderator’s Reception on behalf of the Rev Alastair Younger was such a success on Friday 19 June. A big thank you to all who cooked and for the generous donations made. The food was lovely and members were very appreciative of the high standard provided. Special thanks to Iris Lyon and her team who worked so hard in the kitchen. The Communion and meeting went well and thanks to everyone again who provided tea and for setting up the church. We still hold the record for the longest meeting – not finishing until 11.25 pm – the previous record was 11.10 pm set by Rev Colin Anderson! Christine Mackenzie Presbytery Elder.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR was a fantastic and original concert. Thank you all for helping out with the concert, for all who helped with the food prep and those who supplied food for the buffet. A big thank you to the hosts for hosting the choir and making them feel so welcome. Thanks to all who made arrangements, especially Joan Darcy. We raised the sum of £512 which will go to our Fabric Fund.
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>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are now available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
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 ljamiesonchurchofscotland.org.uk  by 31 July 2015. The Committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September.
FOODBANK COLLECTION at Inshes Tesco in Inverness on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July. Blythswood are looking for volunteers to spare an hour or two on either the Friday or Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm. It involves handing out Blythswood shopping lists to customers entering the store, and thanking them for donations. Contact: Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org.
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 sfarrant<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
PRAYER POINTERS
As we draw closer to God through Holy Communion let us consider this week what we want to say most of all to God? Let us pray:
ADORE – What are some things about God that make Him great in your eyes?
CONFESS – What mistakes have you made that you want to spill out to your Heavenly Father who wants to forgive you?
THANKS – What has been good in your life this week that you consider to have come from God’s hand?
OFFLOAD – What’s bubbling up inside you that you want to get off your chest with God? A question? A hurt? An injustice?
REQUEST – What would you like to ask God to do? What will you trust Him to deal with and to answer according to His wisdom instead of yours?
OUR CONGREGATION – please pray for new full-time student, Dougie Wolf and his family moving from Stornoway to Inverness this weekend.
OUR COMMUNITY – all preparing for weddings over the summer
ABROAD – We pray for Bolivia, Chile, Peru for social injustice to end, for those who feed the poor and a healing for all the individual wounds borne by many.
(Comments and prayer requests always welcome contact Ruth Martin)

Waiting and Thanking: a sermon on Psalm 40; 28 June 2015

Scripture Readings: Psalm 40.1-10

Luke 17:11–19

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

This is the second-last in my series of sermons based on Psalms. The Book of Psalms is the prayer book and hymnbook of the Bible. It’s a collection of songs and liturgy originally written for the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. For centuries, they have been at the heart of Jewish and Christian worship.

UGSP02053_mI’ll never forget one of the first occasions I went to the General Assembly of our church. I was a student, and I went to observe. That year (it was 1990- I looked it up!) the Moderator was one of my teachers, the late Robert Davidson, Professor of Old Testament at Glasgow University. The day I was there, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom was there as a guest. After we had sung a metrical Psalm- in the old Scottish style- Bob Davidson invited the Chief Rabbi to address the Assembly, greeting in him as he did so Hebrew. It was a powerful reminder of the Jewish origins of our faith, and how our Christian, Presbyterian worship continues to be suffused with these old Hebrew prayers and hymns, the Psalms. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 21 June 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 28 June 2015
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
(led by David McCartney)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
THIS MORNING AT ST STEPHEN’S we are admitting two new members to the congregation, Catherine Kelly and Anna Kelly. Please stay behind after the service to welcome them at the coffee time.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday- all are welcome to attend and receive the Sacrament.
JAMES KERR GRANT AND THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO Today we welcome at the Old High Church members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Scots Association, following the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Waterloo. Ensign James Grant Kennedy appears on his family memorial in the Old High Church (see back page photo). He was the son of Dr William Kennedy, one of the founders of the Royal Northern Infirmary. All of Dr Grant’s three sons died on military service; James was aged 15 when he was killed at Waterloo. The Memorial is on the West Stairwell, and all are invited to come and view it after the service. The colours are on display at the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle until August, after which they will have to be stored in order to preserve them. Information with the story is available at the Old High (which is open during the day at the moment) and on our website.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR are singing tomorrow night at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin. The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon. Visit our website to hear some of the music!
Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic@gmail.com
OLD HIGH HALL DEVELOPMENT At the Presbytery meeting this Tuesday, we expect that our project to modernize the Old High Halls, and to let part of them to local mental health charity Birchwood Highland will receive final approval. This followed a virtually unanimous decision by the Kirk Session, and two congregational meetings where everyone had a chance to ask questions and comment on the proposals. It also follows extensive consultation with the Church of Scotland Law Department, who are now working in the lease. If you still have any questions about any aspect of the project, please do contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
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 contact Margaret Sutherland.
LUNCH CLUB meets at 12.30pm this Thursday 25 June at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available, please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Val Cantlay.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
MODERATOR OF PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS
As many will know the Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness for 2014/15 has been Rev Alastair Younger who is a member of our Congregation. We may not have seen him in Church during the last two years as he has been Interim Moderator and Locum at Nairn Old Parish Church, but his wife Pat is a regular and enthusiastic member of the Old High Choir.
On Tuesday 23 June the Presbytery Meeting will be held in the Old High Church as it is custom for the June meeting to be held in the ‘Moderator’s Church’. The meeting will be preceded by a service of Holy Communion at 7.00 pm and members of the congregation are very welcome to attend the service and indeed the meeting thereafter. There will be a break between the service and meeting for tea/coffee. Please do join us!
Christine MacKenzie, Presbytery Elder
A COW FOR ETHIOPIA The Sunday School would like to say a big thank you to all the Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads and the wider church family who contributed to their ‘brown penny’ collection throughout the year. We are very happy to say that we have reached our target of £150 which the children decided should be sent to Christian Aid to assist their work with women in Ethiopia. £150 enables Christian Aid to provide a cow for a woman in a village in Ethiopia. With a cow a woman can provide milk and butter for her children to eat and can sell spare milk and butter to make extra money. More importantly, owning a cow enables a woman to join in with community meetings and take part in making serious decisions that affect her and her family. Owning a cow is the difference between being heard by your community and being totally ignored – the difference between having food to eat and going hungry. THANK YOU!
OTHER NEWS
SPARK GREYFRIARS a festival of worship and the arts at historic Greyfrairs Kirk, Edinburgh, on Saturday 27 June. Members of the congregation are hoping to go, as we seek ideas for developing our worship life. If you’d like to come, contact Worship Action Team member Andrew Stevenson and at http://www.greyfriarskirk.com/spark-greyfriars-festival-worship-arts-2015 .
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 ljaimiesonchurchofscotland.org.uk by 31 July 2015. The Committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September.
FOODBANK COLLECTION at Inshes Tesco in Inverness on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July. Blythswood are looking for volunteers to spare an hour or two on either the Friday or Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm. It involves handing out Blythswood shopping lists to customers entering the store, and thanking them for donations. Contact: Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
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 sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk
PRAYER POINTERS
This week we pray for:
 Our church Staff. Peter Nimmo; Arthur Fraser; Dougie Wolf preparing to join us from Stornoway; Pam McCulloch; Alison Gilliland; and Pat McLeod
 Our new communicants Catherine Kelly and Anna Kelly whom we welcome and may they and their families be filled by the Holy Spirit
 Communion at St Stephen’s next week, and the elders on their visits
 Those who volunteer in our church and in the community
 New volunteers to come forward from our congregation to help in the Olive Grove
 An end to the human misery represented through the ‘boat people’ and the 21st century slave trade and sex trade
 The countries of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay. For the church leaders and lay people who work tirelessly for truth and spreading your word as they comfort those whose relatives have ‘disappeared’

The Lord is my Light: sermon for 21 June 2015

Scripture Readings: Psalm 27.1-6
Matthew 7.24-27

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

LighthouseWhen we talk of divine things, we almost always use images. For we need pictures to help us imagine realities which go beyond words. Today’s Psalm, for instance, praises God for his protection. The Psalmist says God is light, a shelter, a rock- all great images for how God is the ultimate protector. Continue reading

Waterloo memorial at the Old High Church

This Sunday, 21 June 2015, at our 11.15 service, we welcome at the Old High Church members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Scots Association following the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Waterloo.

Kennedy Family Memorial Old High Church  InvernessEnsign James Grant Kennedy, appears on his family memorial in the Old High Church. He was the son of Dr William Kennedy, who was one of the founders of the Royal Northern Infirmary. His inscription on the memorial reads:

JAMES GRANT, ENSIGN ROYAL SCOTS, BORN 13 JUNE 1800. FELL GALLANTLY CARRYING THE COLOURS AT LE QUATER BRAS, WATERLOO 16 JUNE 1815.

All of Doctor Grant’s three sons died in military service; James was aged 15 when he was killed at Waterloo. The Memorial is on the West Stairwell in the church, and all are invited to come and view it after the service at the Old High. The colours are currently on display at the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle until August, after which they will have to be stored in order to preserve them.

The Royal Scots leaflet on the colours is available here.

Here is the Scotsman reporting the exhibition of the colours this summer at Edinburgh Castle.

Here is the website of the The Royal Scots Regimental Museum.

Cotton Patch US Youth Choir 22 June at St Stephen’s

Youth Choir 2015 (3)The Youth Choir of University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina will perform the Cotton Patch Gospel at St Stephen’s this coming Monday at 7.30pm.

The young people from Carolina are staying with members of the congregation during the 2 days they are in Inverness.

Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin.

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from Wikipedia

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including “Taxi,” “WOL*D,” “Sniper”, “Flowers Are Red,” and the No. 1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (Wikipedia).

Get a taste of The Cotton Patch Gospel on YouTube.

The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More about the choir, and this music, in their Church magazine.

Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon, or on the door on the night.

Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic<a>gmail.com

Click on the image below to download the poster.

Cotton Patch Poster

Sunday Bulletin 14 June 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 June 2015
10am Conformation Service at St Stephen’s
(Admission of New Members; Kirk Session meets at 9.45)
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jim@jimmonro.com . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below, please email invernesschurch<at>gmail.com

Cotton Patch Poster smallCOTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR are singing on Monday 22nd June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin. The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon.
Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic@gmail.com

NEW MEMBERS We will be confirming new members next Sunday at St Stephen’s. Kirk Session will meet at 9.45 in the hall at St Stephen’s.
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 contact Margaret Sutherland.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming in the Church Hall after this morning’s service. With considerably fewer persons using FWOs, the Kirk Session agreed to purchase a maximum of 100 sets of FWOs. This will save OHSS at least £180 per year but it will also mean that individual envelope numbers have been changed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change. Banker’s Order is a better way to give, and it’s easy set up. Please speak to Sandy Cumming, our Treasurer.
THE CHURCH MAGAZINE is available today for distributors to collect their bundles for delivery to members of the congregation.
A COW FOR ETHIOPIA The Sunday School would like to say a big thank you to all the Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads and the wider church family who contributed to their ‘brown penny’ collection throughout the year. We are very happy to say that we have reached our target of £150 which the children decided should be sent to Christian Aid to assist their work with women in Ethiopia. £150 enables Christian Aid to provide a cow for a woman in a village in Ethiopia. With a cow a woman can provide milk and butter for her children to eat and can sell spare milk and butter to make extra money. More importantly, owning a cow enables a woman to join in with community meetings and take part in making serious decisions that affect her and her family. Owning a cow is the difference between being heard by your community and being totally ignored – the difference between having food to eat and going hungry. THANK YOU!
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s this Sunday 14th June at 4pm. Details: Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH HALL DEVELOPMENT At the congregational meeting on Tuesday 26 May, the congregation voted in favour of proceeding with the development of the Old High halls and leasing part of it to Birchwood Highland. We now hope for Presbytery approval on 23 June. Contact Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
SUNDAY CAR PARKING Highland council have taken the decision to implement payment for parking in public car parks on Sundays. The car parks affected are those where payments are due the rest of the week. This includes the Rose Street car park. Contact: Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
MODERATOR OF PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS
As many will know the Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness for 2014/15 has been Rev Alastair Younger who is a member of our Congregation. We may not have seen him in Church during the last two years as he has been Interim Moderator and Locum at Nairn Old Parish Church, but his wife Pat is a regular and enthusiastic member of the Old High Choir.
The late Rev Colin Anderson started the custom of the Moderator having a reception at the end of their term of office and it is our privilege to host this in the Old High Hall on Friday 19 June. It’s an occasion much appreciated by members of Presbytery when they can get together socially, with their partners, away from the usual business meetings. Presbytery members pay for the meal although the hosting congregation prepares it.
On Tuesday 23 June the Presbytery Meeting will be held in the Old High Church as it is custom for the meeting to be held in the ‘Moderator’s Church’. The meeting will be preceded by a service of Holy Communion at 7.00 pm and members of the congregation are very welcome to attend the service and indeed the meeting thereafter. There will be a break between the service and meeting for tea/coffee. Please do join us!
Christine MacKenzie, Presbytery Elder
OTHER NEWS
FOODBANK COLLECTION at Inshes Tesco in Inverness on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July. Blythswood are looking for volunteers to spare an hour or two on either the Friday or Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm. It involves handing out Blythswood shopping lists to customers entering the store, and thanking them for donations. Contact: Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
SMALL FARMERS ROADSHOW INVERNESS Saturday, 20 June, 10:00 to 13:00 The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Christian Aid Scotland and Just Trading Scotland are joining forces to spread the message about smallholder famers and their importance around Scotland! Come and hear about how they are at the forefront of climate change, how they are developing business models and how fair trade can make a difference in their lives and taste some delicious food at Crown Church Hall, Inverness. We may also be lucky enough to have some Malawian farmers visiting to tell their story. Please help us spread the word of this workshop to anyone who might be interested! For more information go to www.invernessft.eventbrite.co.uk/
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. 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 sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk.
THE LEPROSY MISSION fund-raising coffee morning/afternoon tea at 18 Auldcastle Road on Tuesday, 9 June from 10.00am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We hope to have Dan and Babs Izzett who represent the Mission in Zimbabwe with us. All welcome. Details: Peter Home.
PRAYER POINTERS
Lord we lift up those below and ask for your blessing on them:
• Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; David Macartney and their families
• We give thanks for David’s time spent with us and may Your hand be upon him in his next ministry
• We look forward to welcoming Dougie Wolf, from Stornoway
The Sunday School children, their parents and families, the Sunday School Teachers including Rosemary Cumming for 25 years of dedicated service
New members joining Your Church next Sunday: Catherine and Anna Kelly
The bereaved including the family of Helen Morrison
Those known to us who are sick or in care. For the Healing Service this Sunday
The people of Brazil. For an improvement in human justice; reduced tension between traditional ways and modern development; street children