Sunday Bulletin for 14 Sepember 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 14 September 2014

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 Morning Worship at Old High

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER AT OLD HIGH CHURCH

Old High St Stephen’s Church

Charity No SCO35073

We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands

Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choirmaster for the Old High Church, Inverness. The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music). We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new. Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of worship by being open to fresh ideas.

If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you:

The Rev Peter W Nimmo

PART TIME CHURCH ADMINISTRATORREQUIRED

Old High St Stephen’s Church

Charity No SCO35073

Assistant required to support the Minister with administration duties. Good IT and administrative skills essential. Work will initially be undertaken at the manse office or at own home.

Salary at market rate, 8 hours per week

Application form available from Linda Philip, Session Clerk

GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR This famous choir will be performing at the Old High Church on Sunday 28th September at 3pm. This is a major fundraising event for us as all proceeds from our tickets go to Old High St Stephen’s Church. There are also tickets being sold by other charities in the town. Tickets priced at £10, £8 concession available today from Linda Philip or Margaret Sutherland or at the door on the day.

CAMERON HOUSE FRIENDS GROUP Annual fund raising Afternoon Tea on Saturday 27th September from 2.00 – 4.00pm, in Scout Hall, Green Drive (Culduthel Road) with various stalls; all donations gratefully received. Admission £2.50. Children free. Tickets are available from Val Cantlay, Rae Swan, Mary Home and Christine MacKenzie. For further details please contact Rae Swan telephone.

HEALING SERVICE There will be a healing Service in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)

HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS have re-commenced fortnightly in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 September. Please bring your craft to share with others. Also if not a crafter perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team)

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

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

WORLD MISSION EVENT at Ness Bank Church, Tuesday, 16 September at7.30 pm. The speakers will be Diane Green, Campaigns Officer, Christian Aid, who will talk about Christian Aid projects, and Rev Susan Brown, Convenor of World Mission’s Europe Committee, who will speak about the Church Partners which the Church of Scotland has in Europe. Refreshments will be available. For more details contact Mary Thomson, Ness Bank Church, Monday- Friday 09.00 to noon.

CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE Faith groups make a massive contribution to the care of older people. Until recently this work has been largely unrecognised by central and local government. We’re invited to a workshop on Friday 19th September at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, from 10am till 3pm, to share our thoughts If you would like to attend please contact the Minister.

SAYING GOODBYE Commemorative Services for people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, on 24 September at 7:30pm in St Andrews Cathedral Inverness. This event is free to attend. Details Susan Horsley

SAME Scottish Association for Music Education- Workshop to support work in voice education on Saturday 27 September in Culloden Academy. The Workshop is designed for Singers and Conductors and will include singing technique, posture, effective communication, gesture and lot more. Fee: £30, Details: Ann Hopkins

ADVANCE NOTICES (more than 4 weeks)

BRIDGE EVENING This event will now take place at St Stephen’s Hall at 7pm on Friday 24 October. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Margaret MacTeer, Christina Cameron and Diana Fraser. For details contact Diana Fraser

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES CrossReach has arranged a series of training days for Ministers, Pastoral Care Teams and all those that administer to members with dementia. The event in Inverness is in the East Church on Saturday 22 November from 10.30 to 15.00. The day includes key note speakers, workshops on pastoral visiting and worship, and there will be an opportunity in the afternoon to hear from some congregations who are running dementia projects. To register an interest please contact Lynne Hood of the Ministries Council. A day delegate fee of £15 will be charged. Any elders or those who care for dementia sufferers should contact the Minister

Daily prayers for our nation this week-

Monday Discernment and wisdom for all people and leaders at the start of a big week.

Tuesday Spirit of truth and clarity amongst politicians and leaders as final statements are prepared and given.

Wednesday Spirit of peace and compassion for all as people determine how they will vote for the future of Scotland.

Thursday A good commitment by all who can vote to do so, and to do so in a spirit of grace towards those with whom there may be disagreement.

Friday Reconciliation and humility for those who may be hurt by the outcome of yesterday’s vote and for those who may be relishing ‘victory’.

Saturday Courage and strength for the days ahead as relationships that may have been damaged by disagreement seek to be repaired

A national day of prayer on eve of the referendum

The Church of Scotland is supporting an ecumenical initiative to encourage prayer the day before the referendum.

Old High St Stephen’s is making our buildings available to those who want to pray or reflect.

OH smallThis Wednesday the Old High Church will be open for reflection from 10am-4pm

There will be a short prayer service at 12noon.

The Old High will also be open as usual from 10-12 noon and from 2-4pm on Thursday- Referendum Day- and the following day (Friday). 

St Stephen's cropped (2)There will also be prayers at 7.30pm on Wednesday at St Stephen’s, Southside Road.

All are welcome to these events.

Here are details of the ecumenical prayer initiative, which has been commended by the Moderator of the General Assembly.

Choose life!- Sermon for the Kirking of the Council 2014

The Kirking of the Council is an annual community event when members of the Inverness City Committee of Highland Council, and other community representatives, process to the Old High Church to take part in our Sunday worship.

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 14 September 2014: Year A, The Kirking of the Council
SERMON

Texts: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 5:1-11,33-37

Choose life!

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

There’s an story about an English vicar who always seemed to give away his politics by his choices of hymns. If the Tories won an election, the first hymn the following Sunday was something like ‘Now thank we all our God’. If Labour won, it would be ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways’. On one exceptional occasion, the Liberals won the local council election. So it was with great anticipation that his congregation came to church the following Sunday. The first hymn given out was, ‘The Lord moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform’. Continue reading

Who needs reconciliation anyhow?: Sermon for Sunday 7 September 2014

A note from the Minister: after completing this sermon I fell ill and was unable to deliver it on Sunday morning. I’m grateful to the Rev Morven Archer who took our services in my place, and who used much of the material below. This is the sermon I would have preached had I been able to. I’m glad to say I’m on the mend, since you ask!

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 7 September 2014: Year A, Proper 18

SERMON
Texts: Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Who needs reconciliation anyhow?
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, chaired a ‘respectful dialogue’ on the independence referendum. It was held in a Glasgow church, but the rest of us could participate because if was put out live on the Internet. At the Crown Church, we watched the speakers live on a big screen, had own audience comments section, and emailed our thoughts back to Glasgow. It was a fascinating experience, being linked up in that way to others around the country. As I was checking that I could communicate with the person receiving the emails in Glasgow, I suddenly thought of the Eurovision Song Contest- ‘Hello, this is Helsinki, here are the votes of the Finnish jury’. Maybe one day the General Assembly will be replaced by this kind of technology- although perhaps the Assembly will be unlikely to turn into a version of Eurovision. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 7 September 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Next Sunday 14 September

11.15am Kirking of the Council at the Old High Church

(Congregational service: no service at St Stephen’s)

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

KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 14 September 11.15am at the Old High (Congregational service: no service at St Stephen’s). This year’s Kirking is on the Sunday before the Scottish Independence Referendum. As we think about how to vote, it will have the theme ‘Choose Life’ and will emphasise the necessity of reconciliation. Please ensure you attend this very important community event! More details from Peter.

CAREHOMESMembers and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the following short acts of worship.

In SOUTHSIDECAREHOME immediately following St Stephen’s service thismorning.We meet in the transept and, after tea/coffee, leave at 11.15am.

At ADEN HOUSE, Annfield Road, on Tuesday 9th September at 2.00pm. Details for both from Jim Alexander

GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR This famous choir will be performing at the Old High Church on Sunday 28th September at 3pm. This is a major fundraising event for us as all proceeds from our tickets go to Old High St Stephen’s Church. There are also tickets being sold by other charities in the town. Tickets priced at £10, £8 concession available today from Linda Philip or Margaret Sutherland or at the door on the day.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATORWe are re seeking a church administrator to work a few hours per week. This will be a paid position. We ask that the applicant works partly from home. They should have good IT skills and experience in this area. Further details from Rev Peter Nimmo, or Linda Philip.

CHRISTIAN AID Thanks to all who gave to the retiring offering for Christian Aid’s work in Gaza and Iraq. We raised a total of £307.36. You can still make donations at http://www.christianaid.org.uk.

WALKING GROUP The walk today is along the canal banks towards Dochgarroch, meeting at Tesco (Inshes) at 1.45pm. As always everyone welcome. For more details contact Anne Taylor

AFTERNOON TEA FOR CAMERON HOUSE On Saturday 27 September, 2-4pm, Scout Hall, Culduthel Road. Donations of baking appreciated. Contact Kay MacDonald (chair of Friends Group).

CHURCH MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison is URGENTLY seeking articles and photos for the next issue of the OHSS Magazine as soon as possible, and at the very latest by Friday, 12 September. If possible, please e-mail photos or copy, deliver photos or printed copy to him

CRAFTEVENING will resume after the summer break on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30pm in St. Stephen’s Hall. Come and spend an enjoyable evening sharing your skills or learning a new one. For more information phone Margaret McAteer.

TEA AND CHAT The monthly afternoon teas will re commence on Thursday 11 September from 2-3.30pm in St Stephens Church Hall. Come along and enjoy some great home baking and a chat.For further information please contact Val Cantlay or Sheila MacLeod

HEALING SERVICE There will be a healing Service in St Stephen’s on Sunday 14 September at 4pm to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)

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

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

WORLD MISSION EVENT at Ness Bank Church, Tuesday, 16 September at7.30 pm. The speakers will be Diane Green, Campaigns Officer, Christian Aid, who will talk about Christian Aid projects, and Rev Susan Brown, Convenor of World Mission’s Europe Committee, who will speak about the Church Partners which the Church of Scotland has in Europe. Refreshments will be available. For more details contact Mary Thomson, Ness Bank Church, Monday- Friday 09.00 to noon

CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE Faith groups make a massive contribution to the care of older people. Until recently this work has been largely unrecognised by central and local government. We’re invited to a workshop on Friday 19th September at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, from 10am till 3pm, to share our thoughts If you would like to attend please contact the Minister.

CELTIC PRAISE There will be a Celtic Praise at Inverness Cathedral on Sunday 07 September at 5.30pm as part of the Blas Festival. Inverness Gaelic Choir, Trosg and Ceitidh Smith are performing. This is a free event.

SAYING GOODBYE Commemorative Services for people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, on 24 September at 7:30pm in St Andrews Cathedral Inverness. This event is free to attend. Details Susan Horsley

SAME Scottish Association for Music Education- Workshop to support work in voice education on Saturday 27 September in Culloden Academy. The Workshop is designed for Singers and Conductors and will include singing technique, posture, effective communication, gesture and lot more. Fee: £30, Details: Ann Hopkins

Kirking of the Council 2014

The historic Kirking of the Council service took place at the Old High Church on Sunday 14 September.

Inverness members of the Highland Council were joined by civic leaders for an ecumenical service celebrating public service.

The service this year happened to take place the Sunday before the Scottish independence referendum, and so there was a them of reconciliation in the service.

‘Choose life!’ was the title of the sermon which the Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, preached at the service.

Here’s the Order of Service for the Kirking of the Council.

Here’s a sermon looking forward to the Kirking, from the previous Sunday.

Kirking graphic 2014

 

 

 

Sunday Bulletin for 31 August 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 7 September 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at 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

Peter, Katharina. Daniel and Hannah would like to say a big thank you to all who helped make past Sunday’s garden party such a success. It was lovely to be able to welcome you to our home so that we say thanks to you for the last 10 years. A special thanks to all who helped out on the day, or who donated food and drinks. Thank you, too, for the lovely gifts from congregation (which we did not expect!). We will make good use of the gift voucher and the suitcase!

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 14 September 11.15am at the Old High (Congregational service: no service at St Stephen’s). This year’s Kirking is on the Sunday before the Scottish Independence Referendum. As we think about how to vote, it will have the theme ‘Choose Life’ and will emphasise the necessity of reconciliation. Please ensure you attend this very important community event! More details from Peter.

RETIRING OFFERING There will be an opportunity at both St Stephen’s and the Old High today to make a donation towards Christian Aid’s work in Iraq and Gaza. Alternatively, please visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR This famous choir will be performing at the Old High Church on Sunday 28th September at 3pm. This is a major fundraising event for us as all proceeds from our tickets go to Old High St Stephen’s Church. There are also tickets being sold by other charities in the town. Tickets priced at £10, £8 concession available today from Linda Philip or Margaret Sutherland or at the door on the day.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATORWe are re seeking a church administrator to work a few hours per week. This will be a paid position. We ask that the applicant works partly from home. They should have good IT skills and experience in this area. Further details from Rev Peter Nimmo, or Linda Philip,.

RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE: CROWN CHURCH INVERNESS Wednesday 3 September, 7pm, Crown Church The Very Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, will host ‘A Respectful Dialogue’ on the topic of Scotland’s forthcoming referendum on independence. Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP (for Yes Scotland) and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (for Better Together), will participate in the dialogue taking place in St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow, which will be ‘live streamed’ over the internet to venues around the country. Also on the panel will be Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, and Rev Martin Johnstone, who is Priority Areas Secretary of the Church of Scotland and also Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland. This event is being organised by the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council, and the Inverness event will be chaired by one of its members, our own Minister. Thanks to the Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church. The event is open to all. Car parking available in the neighbouring Crown School grounds. More details- see the leaflets at the church doors, or contact Rev Peter W Nimmo

WALKING GROUP The walk on Sunday 8 September is along the canal banks towards Dochgarroch, meeting at Tesco (Inshes) at 1.45pm. As always everyone welcome. For more details contact Anne Taylor

CHURCH MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison is URGENTLY seeking articles and photos for the next issue of the OHSS Magazine as soon as possible, and at the very latest by Friday, 12 September. If possible, please e-mail photos or copy

TEA AND CHAT The monthly afternoon teas will re commence on Thursday 11 September from 2-3.30pm in St Stephens Church Hall. Come along and enjoy some great home baking and a chat.For further information please contact Val Cantlay or Sheila MacLeod

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

DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this day, Saturday 6 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm, has come round and volunteers are being sought to man the Old High Church. If sufficient volunteers come forward it will not be too onerous and indeed meet a lot of interesting people. Please contact Margaret Sutherland for details.

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

AFTERNOON TEA FOR CAMERON HOUSE Saturday 27 September, 2-4pm, Scout Hall, Culduthel Road. Donations of baking appreciated. Contact Kay MacDonald (chair of Friends Group).

CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE Faith groups make a massive contribution to the care of older people. Until recently this work has been largely unrecognised by central and local government. We’re invited to a workshop on Friday 19th September at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, from 10am till 3pm, to share our thoughts If you would like to attend please contact the Minister.

SAYING GOODBYE a Commemorative Services for people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, on 24 September at 7:30pm in St Andrews Cathedral Inverness. This event is free to attend. Details Susan Horsley

SAME Scottish Association for Music Education- Workshop to support work in voice education on Saturday 27 September in Culloden Academy. The Workshop is designed for Singers and Conductors and will include singing technique, posture, effective communication, gesture and lot more. Fee: £30, Details: Ann Hopkins

Respectful Dialogue press release

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The Church of Scotland in Inverness is to take part in a nationwide respectful dialogue on the Scottish independence referendum.

The discussion, hosted in Glasgow by The Very Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, will be live streamed across the internet. People can watch at home, or come along to Crown Church in Inverness to watch and participate live.

Scottish Government Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP (for Yes Scotland) and the Advocate General for Scotland, and former First Minster, the Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (for Better Together), will participate in the dialogue taking place in St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow, which will be ‘live streamed’ over the internet to venues around the country.

As well as the chance to watch the Glasgow debate live on a big screen, there will also be a chance for discussion among the audience at the Inverness event at Crown Church.

The Rev Peter W Nimmo, a member of the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council, will chair the Inverness event. Mr Nimmo, the minister of Old High St Stephen’s parish in Inverness said, ‘The Church of Scotland is taking a neutral stance on the referendum debate, making it well-placed to facilitate a civilized discussion. This is an innovative referendum debate, involving key figures from both sides of the campaign. It;s a follow up of a successful demonstration of respectful dialogue which the Moderator hosted at this year’s General Assembly. I was at that debate, which by far the best discusssion of the issues I’ve yet heard. I’m very grateful to he Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church’.

The Inverness event is at Crown Church on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm. Car parking available in the neighbouring Crown School grounds. It is a free event, and no tickets are required.

For more details on this project, see http://oldhighststephens.com/respectful-dialogue/ .

For further information, please contact the Rev Peter W Nimmo: 01463 250 802 peternimmo@minister.com

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHURCH NOTICES

RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE: CROWN CHURCH INVERNESS Wednesday 3 September, 7pm, Crown Church will host ‘A Respectful Dialogue’ on the topic of Scotland’s forthcoming referendum on independence. Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP (for Yes Scotland) and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (for Better Together), will participate in the dialogue taking place in St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow, which will be ‘live streamed’ over the internet to venues around the country. The Rev Peter W Nimmo, a member of the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council, will chair the Inverness event, which is open to all. Thanks to the Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church. Car parking available in the neighbouring Crown School grounds. More details- Rev Peter W Nimmo 01463 250 802 peternimmo@minister.com. or at http://oldhighststephens.com/respectful-dialogue/