Sunday Bulletin for 20 April 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 20 April 2014: Second Sunday after Easter

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s: Sunday School returns

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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

ADVANCE NOTICE- SERVICES ON SUNDAY 4 MAY

11.15am Congregational service at the Old High Church, with the Cameron Highlanders Association. Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, Burma, and the transfer of the colours of the First Battalion from Glasgow Cathedral, back to the ‘home’ church of the Cameron Highlanders in Inverness (no service at St Stephen’s). Creche and children’s activities at this service.

7pm Short Evening Communion Service at St Stephen’s, with tea and discussion to follow.

More details from the Minister.

CAMERON HOUSE Members of the congregation are very welcome to come and celebrate Easter Communion at Cameron House care Home at 3pm TODAY.

SUNDAY SCHOOL returns next Sunday. However, children are welcome at all our services, and there will still be children’s activities each Sunday at St Stephen’s. Sunday School Contact: Raema MacKay.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING There will be a meeting on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm in St Stephens Vestry for those who are involved or would like to be involved in helping out at this very important and enjoyable event.

LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 24 April at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. How about joining us for Lunch? Everyone welcome. For further information please contact Val Cantlay

CRAFT NIGHT do you have a special hobby or craft and to share your gift with others? Then join us on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm at St. Stephens hall. All welcome and it is a good opportunity to meet socially for the congregation. For further information contact Mrs Margaret McAleer

CALLING ALL GARDENERS If any gardeners are splitting up their herbaceous plants could they pot them up and donate them to the Plant Stall at the Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 May. We are aiming to have a bumper stall this year! Details Violet Wilson

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 (Feb to May 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

GOD IN ORDINARY LIFE RETREAT Saturday 31 May, Duncansburgh McIntosh Church Hall, The Parade, Fort William, PH33 6BA. Join with others on this retreat day to discover how we can encounter God in the ordinary stuff of life and meet Him in our ordinary paths. led by Mervyn Glover and Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker). There is a charge of £15 to cover costs and registration is required. Tea/coffee will be provided and you are asked to bring your own lunch. ECO

CONGREGATION NETWORK Highland Regional Gathering takes place on Saturday 26 April in Nessbank Church from 11.00 to 3.00pm. For further information and booking details contact Margaret Warnock

IMAGINING SCOTLAND’S FUTURE The Church of Scotland report “Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” was launched on 26 February. Copies of the report are now at the church doors. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk (including one hosted by us) as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The events were held across Scotland over the past 12 months. To download the report, and for details of other resources that will be available in the lead-up to the referendum

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Sermon for Easter Day 2014: I have seen the Lord

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 20 April 2014: Year A, Easter Day

SERMON
Texts: John 20:1-18
Acts 10:34-43

“I have seen the Lord”
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In our very materialist world, it is a cliché that ‘seeing is believing’. We kid ourselves that we get to know things by seeing them. For a long time, science worked that way- you did an experiment, and if you could see what happened, then you had discovered a new scientific truth. In fact a lot of science involves things we can never see- like tiny particles, or planets which no telescope could ever see- but that doesn’t mean that the tiny particles or distant planets don’t exist. Scientists can work out that they are there, without every actually seeing them. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 13 April 2014

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Tonight 7pm Ecumenical Service for the beginning of Holy Week, St Ninian’s Roman Catholic Church
17 March 2014

MaundyThursday

7pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service Crown Church nb simple meal from 6pm
18 April 2014

GoodFriday

7pm Good Friday Service at St Stephen’s

please join us for tea afterwards, and a chance to meet up with our Christian Basics group

19 April 2014

HolySaturday

7pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church
20 April 2014

EasterSunday

7.30am City Centre Prayer walk from the Old High, ending with Communion and breakfast at Methodist Church at 8.30am

10am Easter morning worship at St Stephen’s, beginning in the church garden

11.15am Easter morning worship at the Old High

3pm Easter Communion at Cameron House care Home- members of the congregation very welcome

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

Visiting or here for the first time? welcome! Please tell us about yourself! Please ask someone on door duty for a contact card so we can keep in touch with you.

Children are always welcome at our services. At St Stephen’s there are children’s activities in the hall after the Children’s Moment. A Crèche is also available. Please ask those on door duty for more information

Coffee and teas are served after the service at St Stephen’s.

Hard of hearing? We have a loop. Set your hearing aid to the T setting.

Recordings of this morning’s service on CD available from tomorrow from the Olive Grove, Kingsmills, or contact Katharina Nimmo

Hospital Visits Please let the Minister know if you are going into hospital or if you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home.

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SUNDAY SCHOOL returns 27 April. However, children are welcome at all our services, and there will still be children’s activities each Sunday at St Stephen’s. Sunday School Contact: Raema MacKay.

LENT STUDY on the parables of Jesus and our use of our wealth ends this Wednesday, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. You can still come along even if you haven’t been to previous meetings. Information from the Minister.

CRAFT NIGHT do you have a special hobby or craft and to share your gift with others? Then join us on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm at St. Stephens hall. All welcome and it is a good opportunity to meet socially for the congregation. For further information contact Mrs Margaret McAleer.

CALLING ALL GARDENERS If any gardeners are splitting up their herbaceous plants could they pot them up and donate them to the Plant Stall at the Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 May. We are aiming to have a bumper stall this year! Details Violet Wilson

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 (Feb to May 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

IMAGINING SCOTLAND’S FUTURE The Church of Scotland report “Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” was launched on 26 February. Copies of the report are now at the church doors. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk (including one hosted by us) as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The events were held across Scotland over the past 12 months.

Sermon for Palm Sunday 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 13 April 2014: Year A, Palm and Passion Sunday

SERMON
Texts: Matthew 21:1-11
Matthew 27:11-56

Obedient to death

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

Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Fresco in the Parish Church of Zirl, Austria. Wikipedia

We have heard a lot of scripture today. We have heard the stories that stand at the beginning and the end of Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. He have heard of how he was welcomed as a king, but ended up on a cross- the great reversal of fortune that lies at the heart of the drama of Holy Week.

Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 6 April 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 13 April 2014: Palm Sunday

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

7pm Ecumenical Service for the beginning of Holy Week, St Ninian’s Church

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

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Tonight 7pm Ecumenical Service for the beginning of Holy Week, St Ninian’s Roman Catholic Church
17 March 2014

MaundyThursday

7pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service Crown Church nb simple meal from 6pm
18 April 2014

GoodFriday

7pm Good Friday Service at St Stephen’s

please join us for tea afterwards, and a chance to meet up with our Christian Basics group

19 April 2014

HolySaturday

7pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church
20 April 2014

EasterSunday

7.30am City Centre Prayer walk from the Old High, ending with Communion and breakfast at Methodist Church at 8.30am

10am Easter morning worship at St Stephen’s, beginning in the church garden

11.15am Easter morning worship at the Old High

3pm Easter Communion at Cameron House care Home- members of the congregation very welcome

SUNDAY SCHOOL returns 27 April. However, children are welcome at all our services, and there will still be children’s activities each Sunday at St Stephen’s. Sunday School Contact: Raema MacKay.

PASTORAL COVER Peter will be on holiday from 5-12 April. In case of any urgent pastoral needs, please contact your elder, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.

LENT STUDY on the parables of Jesus and our use of our wealth continues this Wednesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. You can still come along even if you haven’t been to previous meetings. Information from Malcolm Macrae.

SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to participate in the short act of worship at Southside Road following the St Stephen’s service THIS MORNING. There should be some time for tea/coffee in the transept before we leave the church at 11.15am. On this occasion the worship will be led by Etta Malcolm.

WALKING GROUP the walk in April is to Redcastle, North Kessock on TODAY. Meeting at TESCO (Inshes) Car Park at 1.45pm. Everyone is welcome. Details from Anne Taylor.

MUSIC IN THE OLD HIGH Bel Canto return to the Old High on Saturday 12 April at noon, 4 years after their debut, a group of young singers/musicians whose programme includes musicals, Scottish songs and classics. Donations once again are to Music Therapy at the Orchard.

LUNCH CLUB The Lunch Club will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 10 April at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. How about joining us for Lunch? Everyone welcome. For further information please contact Val Cantlay

CRAFT NIGHT Do you have a special hobby or craft and to share your gift with others? Then join us on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm at St. Stephens hall. All welcome and it is a good opportunity to meet socially for the congregation. Mope information: Mrs Margaret McAleer.

CALLING ALL GARDENERS If any gardeners are splitting up their herbaceous plants could they pot them up and donate them to the Plant Stall at the Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 May. We are aiming to have a bumper stall this year! Details Violet Wilson

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 (Feb to May 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 13th April at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.

IMAGINING SCOTLAND’S FUTURE The Church of Scotland report “Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” was launched on 26 February. Copies of the report are now at the church doors. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk (including one hosted by us) as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The events were held across Scotland over the past 12 months.

Bel Canto concert at Old High

Bel cantoThe next concert in our series of lunchtime concerts at the Old High will feature Bel Canto, a group of young singers/musicians from Elgin whose programme includes musicals, Scottish songs and some classics.

We enjoyed hearing them a few years ago.

Saturday 12th April 2014 at noon.

£5 donation for Music Therapy at the Orchard.

To receive information about music at Old High St Stephen’s, please email ohssmusic<a>gmail.com  (replace <a> with @).

Download the 2014 Old High Music Programme, and the poster for this event.

Holy Week and Easter at Old High St Stephen’s

Together with our neighbouring churches, we will be holding ecumenical services for Holy Week and Easter. All are welcome!

For all services in April, please see A Month of Sundays.

Palm Sunday 13 April 2014
7pm Ecumenical Service for the beginning of Holy Week, St Ninian’s Catholic Church

Maundy Thursday 17 April 2014
7pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service, Crown Church nb simple meal from 6pm

Good Friday 18 April 2014
7pm Good Friday service at St Stephen’s

Holy Saturday 19 April 2014
7pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church

Easter Day 20 April 2014
7.30am City Centre Prayer walk from the Old High, ending with Communion and breakfast at Methodist Church, 8.30am

Sunday Bulletin for 16 March 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 23 March 2014: Third Sunday in Lent

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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

YOUTH MEETING Are you aged 11-18 and interested in setting up something new in or around the church? Or do you know someone who is? Bring some ideas and/or a friend/ family member and we will provide some snacks! Come along to St Stephen’s Church Hall at 11.30 on TODAY. From the Education Action Team. For more details contact Malcolm MacRae.

WELCOME DUTY ROTAS Could anyone who has not received their Welcome duty rota for St Stephen’s please ask me for one or e-mail me. I think a lot of the e-mail copies ended up being treated as Spam! I will have some printed copies with me. Thanks Deborah Macrae

CHRISTIAN BASICS Our confirmation class- for anyone who would like to know more about the faith- has now begun, but anyone who wants to join us can still do so. Any adult seeking baptism or wishing to join as an adult member of the church is welcome, but also those who would like revise the basics, or make friends with those enquiring about Christianity. Contact Peter or just turn up on TONIGHT, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

LENT STUDY: PARABLES AND POSSESSIONS The Bible says a lot about money. During Lent, join with us in a study of some of the parables of Jesus about how we can be in a right relationship to money, and how that can help us be in a right relationship to God. Come along on Wednesdays during Lent, at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Please note- our Home Groups will not run during Lent, and instead we will all be together for this study. More information from the Minister

URGENT OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires items for the spring issue as quickly as possible. All articles and pictures very welcome. Please send e-mails or hard copy. The absolute deadline is 22 March. Anybody with any queries is welcome to ring Willie.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is 11-18 May and that there will also be a coffee morning on Saturday 10 May. If you have not collected for Christian Aid before, would you think about doing so? Please contact Susan Anderson.

CONCERT AT EDEN COURT St Stephen’s Choir & Community Choir are singing along with other choirs from the Inverness Area at Eden Court on Thursday the 20th March in aid of a New Charity, Elsie Normington Foundation which is a charity to support young people in the Highlands who have disabilities. Tickets are on sale now at Eden Court Box Office.

ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN Saturday the 29th March. Please come along and help with the big clean of the Church, Hall and garden at 9.30am. All cleaning items supplied. For details contact Joan Darcy

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 (Feb to May 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

CHURCH PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATION ON A SHOESTRING Training Day, Wednesday 26 March 10am-4pm, Culduthel Christian Centre. A one day training event designed to better equip the church to make the most of the media as we seek to communicate our good news message as widely as possible.

SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY Inverness Local Action Group is holding a curry night at the East Church of Scotland Hall on Friday 21 March at 6.30 for 7pm – £10 per person. The subject for the evening is Scriptures for India. Contacts for tickets areAlasdair Moodie and Len Cazaly

IMAGINING SCOTLAND’S FUTURE The Church of Scotland report “Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision” was launched on 26 February. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk (including one hosted by us) as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The events were held across Scotland over the past 12 months.