Sunday Bulletin 26 June 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 July 2016: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11 am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays from now until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at>hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High on Sunday 21 August at 7pm. A chance to sing favourite hymns, and to meet our new Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, who will also treat us to some organ fireworks! If you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening, please send them to our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year beginning July 2016 are now available. Contact Christine Mackenzie for Old High envelopes and Sandy Cumming for St Stephen’s envelopes.
OHSS QUIZ SHEETS are available at the church doors. Questions on Old Inverness. £1 each, proceeds in aid of Fabric Fund. The winning entry will be drawn on 8 June and winner will receive a £5 gift voucher. Further information Margaret McAleer.
MEET & EAT There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 30 June at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Anyone who would like to join a group for lunch and fellowship is welcome. The cost is £7.50 for a 2 course meal with coffee or tea. Please contact Val Cantlay to book or to ask for transport.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY Free copies of the current issue available in the churches. Today’s PP introduction is taken from the daily readings of 31st May – 2nd June should you wish to have an expanded explanation. (Further copies from Ruth Martin www.ucb.wordfortoday).
CHRISTIAN AID I had forgotten to include Hannah’s piggybank, which she keeps to put in small amounts over the year, in the Christian Aid count, so another £11.89 can be added taking the total to £5420.99. Thank you Hannah! For more information contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
TEA AFTER CHURCH We will next have tea after the service at the Old High in early July, on the first Sunday that Robin Versteeg, our new Old High organist, is with us. The exact date has not yet been confirmed.
CHURCH MAGAZINE is now available for distributors. It is also available on our website. More information: Shirley Gold.
OTHER NEWS
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Blythswood Care – for June they are looking for small tins of ham, sweet biscuits and long life juice. They currently have opportunities to volunteer at two of their food banks. Also- someone to alternate Thursdays at Madras Street Centre, and two people for the Hilton Centre each Friday. Details from Adrienne Dempster on adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org

Waiting… and thanking! Sermon at St Stephen’s on 25 June 2016

Scripture Readings: Psalm 40.1-10

Luke 17:11–19

Waiting… and thanking!

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

In 1990, while I was still a student, I attended- as a visitor- the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. I was curious to visit because the Moderator that year was one of my teachers, the late Robert Davidson, Professor of Old Testament at Glasgow University. The day I visited, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom was there as a guest. After we had sung a metrical Psalm- unaccompanied, 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 those old Hebrew prayers and hymns, the Psalms. Continue reading

A prayer following the European Union Referendum

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has released this specially written prayer in response to the EU referendum vote, which reflects on the uncertainty and conflicting emotions it has raised.

The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, minister of Cramond, says at this time of change, people will wish to think about what the vote means for them, their friends and neighbours who may not all be in agreement about what the future holds. Continue reading

Old High Church summer opening times

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This summer, visit one of the landmarks of Inverness: the Old High Church, the original parish church of Inverness.

It is open to visitors on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. Services are at 11.15am on Sundays.

Click here for more information about the Old High Church.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, you are most welcome to come and look around the most historic building in Inverness. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our volunteer guides.

We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact us if you would like to help.

Blue Flash Challenge to end at Old High Church

You are invited to a service at the Old High Church on Saturday 25 June at 11am to mark the end of the ‘Blue Flash Challenge’, in which a group of veteran members of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment will have trekked from Roybridge to Inverness over a 24 hour period, a distance just short of 60 miles, to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to support the children of service personnel killed in action.

Contact: Donald Peterkin dgp1<at>btinternet.com

More details: Blue Flash Challenge

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Just Giving Page

Sunday Bulletin 19 June 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 June 2016: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Communion at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Stewart Robertson, Reader from Crown Church
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays from now until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at>hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
BLUE FLASH CHALLENGE You are invited to a service at the Old High Church on Saturday 25 June at 11pm to mark the end of the ‘Blue Flash Challenge’, in which a group of veteran members of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment will have trekked from Roybridge to Inverness over a 24 hour period, a distance just short of 60 miles, to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to support the children of service personnel killed in action. Contact: Donald Peterkin dgp1<at>btinternet.com. More details: Blue Flash Challenge –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/429692947227666/ Scotty’s Little Soldiers – http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/ Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Blue-Flash-Challenge
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 22 June in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal. Please give generously to this vital local project.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High on Sunday 21 August at 7pm. A chance to sing favourite hymns, and to meet our new Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, who will also treat us to some organ fireworks! If you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening, please send them to our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year beginning July 2016 are now available. Contact Christine Mackenzie for Old High envelopes and Sandy Cumming for St Stephen’s envelopes.
OHSS QUIZ SHEETS are available at the church doors. Questions on Old Inverness. £1 each, proceeds in aid of Fabric Fund. The winning entry will be drawn on 8 June and winner will receive a £5 gift voucher. Further information Margaret McAleer.
DEPUTE SESSION CLERK Following Margaret Sutherland’s accident, Christine Mackenzie is now acting Depute Session Clerk. We thank Christine for taking this on, and continue to hold Margaret in our prayers.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY Free copies of the current issue available in the churches. Today’s PP introduction is taken from the daily readings of 31st May – 2nd June should you wish to have an expanded explanation. (Further copies from Ruth Martin or www.ucb.wordfortoday).
OTHER NEWS
ST ANDREWS CATHEDRAL Rev Sarah Murray will be licensed as the new Vice Provost for St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness at Choral Evensong tonight at 5.30pm. Rev Sarah has been serving at Holy Trinity Church, Keith for the last 3 years. All welcome! Contact: Douglas Campbell or bishopsadmin<at>moray.anglican.org .
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Blythswood Care – for June they are looking for small tins of ham, sweet biscuits and long life juice. They currently have opportunities to volunteer at two of their food banks. Also- someone to alternate Thursdays at Madras Street Centre, and two people for the Hilton Centre each Friday. Details from Adrienne Dempster or adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org
LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER (LGOWIT) Two new Groups are to be launched in Inverness to support people living with a long term health condition. Details Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk  or visit www.lgowit.org

Funeral Announcement Mrs Annie Paton

Mrs Annie (Nan) Paton nee Niven of Miers Avenue, Inverness died at Raigmore Hospital Inverness on 8 June 2016.

She was 85 years.

Funeral service on Friday, 17th June, 2016, at 1.30pm, in the funeral home of John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463 233366); thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery.

Mrs Paton’s funeral service will be conducted by Rev Arthur Sinclair.

All friends respectfully invited. Flowers welcome or donations, if desired, for Chest, Heart & Stroke Association may be given at the service. Car parking available at the Funeral Home.

Sunday Bulletin 12 June 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 June 2016: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further details and contact information: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
CHRISTIAN AID: The amount collected for Christian Aid Week this year was as follows:
House to house collection: £3271.94
Coffee morning: £804.58
Concert at Old High: £400
Donations from church members’ envelopes: £515.90
Gift Aid: 416.68
Total: £5409.10
Thank you very much to everybody who helped with this great effort. Katharina Nimmo.
HEIDI’S COLLECTION raised the magnificent sum of £606- many thanks to all- Sandy Cumming.
BLUE FLASH CHALLENGE You are invited to a service at the Old High Church on Saturday 25 June at 11pm to mark the end of the ‘Blue Flash Challenge’, in which a group of veteran members of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment will have trekked from Roybridge to Inverness over a 24 hour period, a distance just short of 60 miles, to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to support the children of service personnel killed in action. Contact: Donald Peterkin 07500015726 dgp1<at>btinternet.com. More details: Blue Flash Challenge –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/429692947227666/ Scotty’s Little Soldiers – http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/ Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Blue-Flash-Challenge
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal. Please give generously to this vital local project.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High on Sunday 21 August at 7pm. A chance to sing favourite hymns, and to meet our new Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, who will also treat us to some organ fireworks! If you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening, please send them to our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year beginning July 2016 are available in both churches. Please contact Christine Mackenzie for Old High envelopes and Sandy Cumming for St Stephen’s envelopes.
OHSS QUIZ SHEETS are available at the church doors. Questions on Old Inverness. £1 each, proceeds in aid of Fabric Fund. The winning entry will be drawn on 8 June and winner will receive a £5 gift voucher. Further information Margaret McAleer.
HEALING SERVICE run by Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highland). Sunday 12 June at 4 pm in St Stephen’s. Contact Ruth Martin.
DEPUTE SESSION CLERK Following Margaret Sutherland’s accident, Christine Mackenzie is now acting Depute Session Clerk. We thank Christine for taking this on, and continue to hold Margaret in our prayers.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY Free copies of the current issue available in the churches. Today’s PP introduction is taken from the daily readings of 31st May – 2nd June should you wish to have an expanded explanation. (Further copies from Ruth Martin www.ucb.wordfortoday).
OTHER NEWS
ST ANDREWS CATHEDRAL Rev Sarah Murray will be licensed as the new Vice Provost for St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness at Choral Evensong on Sunday 19 June at 5.30pm. Rev Sarah has been serving at Holy Trinity Church, Keith for the last 3 years. Contact: Douglas Campbell bishopsadmin<at>moray.anglican.org .
CROWN CHURCH are hosting Shallowford Presbyterian Church Youth Choir (60+ of them!) performing “We walk in the light” tonight at 6pm. They visit every four years or so, and it is always a rich experience of the sharing of faith through music and drama. Not a long evening, less than an hour probably. Contact Peter Donald PDonald<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Blythswood Care – for June they are looking for small tins of ham, sweet biscuits and long life juice. They currently have opportunities to volunteer at two of their food banks. Also- someone to alternate Thursdays at Madras Street Centre, and two people for the Hilton Centre each Friday. Details from Adrienne Dempster on adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org
LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER (LGOWIT) 5-week Self Management course, starting on Saturday 18 June at Inverness Leisure Centre (2.00pm till 4.30pm each week). The course is free, open to anyone, young or old, living with a long term condition, and will be led by two volunteer trainers, both of whom have long term conditions themselves. Contact Roy Anderson; LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtse.org.uk.

The scandal of grace: a sermon for 12 June 2016, Proper 6 (Year C, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Galatians 2:15-21

Luke 7:36-50

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

My name is Simon, and I’m a Pharisee.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. You think you know what a Pharisee is. One of strongly religious types. Someone who lives by rules and regulations, who enjoys pernickitiness, who claims that ancient rituals are everything. Someone all-too-happy to avoid people I’d call a sinner. Someone proud to say he’s never broken the rules. Continue reading