Sunday Bulletin 22 February 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 1 March 2015: Second Sunday in Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
7pm: The Lent Conversation at St Stephen’s will be followed by a short Communion service
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:
E-mail: invernesschurch@gmail.com
GET TICKETS FOR BELLADRUM! Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival have donated 2 pairs of 3-day tickets to the 2015 festival, which we are able to sell to raise money towards our fabric funds. These much sought-after tickets originally cost £135 plus booking fee each, and are now sold out. To bid for the tickets, please email invernesschurch@gmail.com, giving the full names you wish to have on the tickets, and with “Belladrum tickets” in the subject line. The top two bids will win a pair of 3-day tickets each (for 6,7 and 8 August). Closing date for entries: Friday 6 March. More details from Peter, or come along to our coffee morning to find out more!
COFFEE MORNING THIS SATURDAY 28 February, 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes gratefully appreciated. Tickets now on sale. Today there is a box at the front door of St Stephens for non-perishable donations. Please see Mary Home or Kate Leckie for donations at Old High. The St Stephen’s Vestry will be open 7-8pm and the Hall will be open 8-9pm on Friday 27th for donations for Coffee Morning. Many thanks to all who have already contributed. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer
LENT CONVERSATIONS ON FAITH AND PUBLIC ISSUES begin at St Stephen’s tonight. How should Christian faith affect our attitudes to controversial issues? A chance for conversations about the big questions facing the world today. Come to one or come to all The programme for the coming weeks is:
22 February Economics- inequality, poverty, tax- how do we make our country fairer for all?
1 March Education- should the church be in our schools? Religious education and religious observance
8 March International issues- war, asylum seekers, refugees- what is the church is doing?
15 March Caring for the earth- climate change, fracking, sustainable energy- how Green is our Christianity?
22 March The ethics of science- embryo research, Frankenstein foods- should we play God with nature?
All Sundays 7-8 pm, St Stephen’s Hall, Southside Road. More information see the leaflets at the church doors, or from Malcolm Macrae dmmacrae@uwclub.net or www.oldhighststephens.com/faith-current-issues-series-discussions-lent/
CHRISTIAN AID We need someone to take on the very important task of coordinating our annual Christian Aid Week door-to-door collection. This is a practical way in which we help some of the most needy people in the world, and raises thousands of pounds annually for an excellent cause. Please contact the minister if you would like to know more.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets at both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com). Last orders today, please.
LENT REFLECTIONS: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS The Church of Scotland is offering daily reflections for Lent, in partnership with Christian Aid. Contributors include two members of our congregation- Rachel Hutcheson and our Minister. It’s also a good way of giving to Christian Aid. Visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/lent for the daily reflection.
SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH In order to improve the congregation’s singing, and to create a friendlier atmosphere, we are asking those who attend at the Old High to sit in the centre section of the church. We did this two weeks ago, when it was much appreciated by many people (not least by our new Director of Music, Steven Flett!). Please speak to Peter if you have any questions.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT OLD HIGH CHURCH As you will know we have asked Steven Flett to take up this post. Steven lives in Orkney and intends moving to Inverness shortly. However he will need some other employment, and may also need somewhere to stay for week or so to begin with. If you have any suggestions, please contact Peter or Andrew Stevenson.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com The deadline is Friday 13 March.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 February at the Craigmonie Hotel . Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay for further information.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available at the doors of both our church buildings.
OLD HIGH SATURDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS We will shortly be announcing another series of exciting lunchtime Saturday concerts for 2015 at the Old High Church. For advance notice of all music events in our congregation, please send an email to ohssmusic@gmail.com and encourage your friends to sign up for this mailing list- it’s a great way to keep up-to-date.
OTHER NEWS
PUPPET TRAINING DAY Ever wondered about using puppets as a ministry tool? Find out how to get started and learn some basic/advanced skills. Come along to Inshes Church on Saturday 14 March from 10.30am to 3pm and the cost is by donation. Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee are provided. For more information contact Chris Watt chris@outofthebox.me.uk.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details contact The Minister http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.

A glimpse of light: a sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 2015

Texts:

2 Peter 1:16-21

Matthew 17.1-9

A glimpse of light

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

Nowadays, we quite often say that fanatical fans of pop stars, sports stars or other celebrities ‘idolise’ their heroes, and we often speak of such famous people as ‘idols’. We mean nothing especially pejorative about the term- when we say that some sportsman or pop star is an ‘idol’ to his fans, that’s a fairly morally neutral term in today’s culture. We just think it’s slightly crazy that, especially young people, should show such an interest in these performers.

But the word idols has its roots in the Bible, and where it very much has negative overtones Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 15 February 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 February 2015: First Sunday in Lent
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Led by the Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
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:
E-mail: invernesschurch(a)gmail.com

FAITH AND CURRENT ISSUES is the theme for our Lent discussions, Sunday nights beginning next Sunday. Find out more here.
MINUTE FOR MISSION: STREET PASTORS Andrew Gregg is speaking to us about this at St Stephen’s this morning (he was at Old High last week), and he will be available after the service at St Stephen’s to chat to. Contact him at drew@loveinverness.org or see www.facebook.com/NessPastors .
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT OLD HIGH CHURCH The search committee has invited Steven Flett to take up this post. Steven played last week at the Old High and everyone enjoyed his contributions. Steven lives in Orkney and intends moving to Inverness shortly, when we look forward to getting to know him.
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will begin shortly. Please contact the Minister if you are interested (peternimmo@minister.com).
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 13 March.
CHRISTIAN AID We need someone to take on the very important task of coordinating our annual Christian Aid Week door-to-door collection. This is a practical way in which we help some of the most needy people in the world, and raises thousands of pounds annually for an excellent cause. Please contact the minister if you would like to know more.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets at both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com). Last orders on Sunday 22 February, please.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing fortnightly in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 February. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
COFFEE MORNING is to be held on Saturday 28 February from 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. Tickets are now on sale. Next Sunday (22nd) there will be a box at the front door of St Stephens for non-perishable donations. Please see Mary Home or Kate Leckie for donations at Old High. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available at the doors of both our church buildings.
OLD HIGH SATURDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS We will shortly be announcing another series of exciting lunchtime Saturday concerts for 2015 at the Old High Church. For advance notice of all music events in our congregation, please send an email to ohssmusic@gmail.com and encourage you friends to sign up for this mailing list- it’s a great way to keep up-to-date.
NURSING HOMES We are seeking a few more people who would be willing to help lead a very short and informal service at Aden House nursing home. We would also appreciate a few more helpers for our Sunday services at Southside Nursing Home. Please contact Peter if you can help.
OTHER NEWS
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book contact info @wpcscotland.co.uk
ADVANCE NOTICES
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details contact The Minister. http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.
FAITH AND CURRENT ISSUES
How should Christian faith affect our attitudes to controversial issues?
A chance for conversations about the big questions facing the world today.
Come to one or come to all
Sunday nights in Lent:
22 February Economics- inequality, poverty, tax- how do we make our country fairer for all?
1 March Education- should the church be in our schools? Religious education and religious observance
8 March International issues- war, asylum seekers, refugees- what is the church is doing?
15 March Caring for the earth- climate change, fracking, sustainable energy- how Green is our Christianity?
22 March The ethics of science- embryo research, Frankenstein foods- should we play God with nature?
Sundays 7-8 pm, St Stephen’s Hall, Southside Road
Details Malcolm Macrae dmmacrae@uwclub.net
www.oldhighststephens.com/faith-current-issues-series-discussions-lent/
www.facebook.com/oldhighststephens : Twitter: @Invernesschurch

Ordinary people, fantastic events: sermon for 8 February 2013

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Narrative Lectionary)

SERMON
Text: Matthew 14.13-33

Discipleship in the fast lane
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

What I like about the Gospels is that they are very realistic. That might seem a strange thing to say, when we have just heard stories of miraculous feeding and walking on water. The miraculous and unlikely is certainly part of the Gospels. But there are also realistic- the things people do, even in extraordinary situation, the way they react, is often very true to life. People appear in the Gospels warts and all. That’s especially true of Jesus’ disciples, who come across, not as plaster saints, but as very fallible human beings, who often make mistakes and constantly misunderstand their master. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 8 February 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 February 2015: Transfiguration
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the 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 all information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch@gmail.com
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will begin shortly. Please contact the Minister if you are interested peternimmo@minister.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 13 March.
TEA AND CHAT There will be an informal gathering for tea and home baking on Thursday 12 February from 2pm at St Stephen’s Hall. All will be made most welcome. Contact Val Cantlay.
OLD HIGH HALLS REDEVELOPMENT Presbytery has approved in principle the lease of part of the Old High halls to Birchwood Highland, subject to consultation with the Church of Scotland’s General Trustees and Law Department, and a report to Presbytery before any building work commences. There will also be a report to the congregation before anything is finalised. This is the outcome we were hoping for, and we will now seek agreement with Birchwood on the way ahead and keep the congregation fully informed as we do so. Details from Cliff Sim.
CHRISTIAN AID We need someone to take on the very important task of coordinating our annual Christian Aid Week door-to-door collection. This is a practical way in which we help some of the most needy people in the world, and raises thousands of pounds annually for an excellent cause. Please contact the minister if you would like to know more.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets at both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com). Last orders on Sunday 22 February, please.
COFFEE MORNING is to be held on Saturday 28 February from 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available at the doors of both our church buildings.
OLD HIGH SATURDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS We will shortly be announcing another series of exciting lunchtime Saturday concerts for 2015 at the Old High Church. For advance notice of all music events in our congregation, please send an email to ohssmusic@gmail.com and encourage you friends to sign up for this mailing list- it’s a great way to keep up-to-date.
NURSING HOMES We are seeking a few more people who would be willing to help lead a very short and informal service at Aden House nursing home. We would also appreciate a few more helpers for our Sunday services at Southside Nursing Home. Please contact Peter if you can help.
LENT STUDY We hope to run a Lenten series again this year, probably on Sunday evenings – more details next week or from Malcolm Macrae.
OTHER NEWS
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book info @wpcscotland.co.uk
ADVANCE NOTICES
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details contact The Minister. http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.

Sunday Bulletin 1 February 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 February 2015: The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
CONTACTS
The Minister: peternimmo@minister.com
Pastoral Assistant: arthurasinclair@btinternet.com
For further information and contact details for any items listed below contact:
Church Administrator: invernesschurch@gmail.com
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. A Crèche is available. Please ask those on door duty for more information.
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 Tuesday from the Olive Grove, Kingsmills, or contact katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com.
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.
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
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will run in the New Year. Please contact the Minister if you are interested.
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the short act of worship led by Jim Alexander at Southside Care Home after St Stephen’s morning service. Please meet in the transept from where we leave at 11.15am. We do need more people to help with this- further details from the Minister.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 13 March.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 February and fortnightly thereafter. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team Convenor.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets hanging up in both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com). Last orders on Sunday 22 February, please.
COFFEE MORNING is to be held on Saturday 28 February from 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer.
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available in both the church vestibules.
OTHER NEWS
ST JOHN CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 6th February 7pm. All welcome.
OUT OF THE BOX Christian charity based in Inverness are running an event for young people in Primary 5 through to S2 during the February school holidays. The event is called AMP, which stands for Acting, Music and Puppets. A.M.P. is a performing arts week, where young people can make new friends, develop creative skills and grow in faith. Each person attending will have a choice of creative streams where they will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the performing arts towards an end of week showcase where they can put all their new skills into practise. The event runs from 14 to 18 February in Hilton Parish Church from 10am till 4pm. The cost to attend is £85, with discounts for siblings. For more information please check out the website www.outofthebox.me.uk or email chris@outofthebox.me.uk
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book contact: info @wpcscotland.co.uk
ADVANCE NOTICES
THE BIG CLEAN at Stephen’s will take place this year on Saturday 14 March. Please put this in your diary. For more details contact Joan Darcy.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details (http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15) or contact The Minister.

Sunday Bulletin 25 January 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 1 February 2015: The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
7pm Short Communion Service at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jim@jimmonro.com
The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon
For further information and contact details for any items listed elow:
E-mail: invernesschurch@gmail.com
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday. Details from Linda.
RETIRING COLLECTION This Sunday in the Old High will be donated to the Inverness Street Pastors.
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will run in the New Year. Please contact the Minister if you are interested (peternimmo@minister.com).
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 January at the Craigmonie Hotel. New diners will be most welcome. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS The St Stephen’s and Community Choirs raised the grand sum of £3,200, of which £1380 went to Marie Curie, £1380 to Woman’s Aid and £450 to Church Funds. Well done and many thanks to all concerned.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com . The deadline is Friday 13 March.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available in both the church vestibules.
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister or Ruth Martin. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the acitivities of the congregation listed here.
OTHER NEWS
OUT OF THE BOX Christian charity based in Inverness are running an event for young people in Primary 5 through to S2 during the February school holidays. The event is called AMP, which stands for Acting, Music and Puppets. A.M.P. is a performing arts week, where young people can make new friends, develop creative skills and grow in faith. Each person attending will have a choice of creative streams where they will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the performing arts towards an end of week showcase where they can put all their new skills into practise. The event runs from 14 to 18 February in Hilton Parish Church from 10am till 4pm. The cost to attend is £85, with discounts for siblings. For more information please check out the website www.outofthebox.me.uk or email chris@outofthebox.me.uk
ADVANCE NOTICES
COFFEE MORNING is to be held on Saturday 28 February from 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer.
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book contact info @wpcscotland.co.uk
THE BIG CLEAN at Stephen’s will take place this year on Saturday 14 March. Please put this in your diary. For more details contact Joan Darcy.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15 . For details contact The Minister

The Devil’s Wisdom: sermon for Sunday 18 January 2015

Texts: Psalm 91.9-16
Matthew 4.1-17

(The Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Narrative Lectionary)

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

I have been thinking a lot about arrogance this week. The arrogance of believing that we are right, and that others are wrong. The arrogance which uses power to belittle or harm others. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 18 January 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 January 2015: Third Sunday after Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the 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:
E-mail: invernesschurch@gmail.com
CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION EVENING Thanks to all who attended and took part on a wintry night last week! Our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, has produced a report on the evening which is available on our website.
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will run in the New Year. Please contact the Minister if you are interested peternimmo@minister.com
FOOD FOR FAMILIES A big thank you to everyone who scraped, stirred and cooked for the Food for Families project this year. Over 200 meals were provided by 16 ladies and gentlemen from Old High St Stephen’s. This really made a big difference to needy families.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT The St Stephen’s and Community Choirs raised the grand sum of £3,200, of which £1,380 went to Marie Curie, £1,380 to Woman’s Aid and £450 to Church Funds. Well done and many thanks to all concerned.
OLD HIGH FLOWER ROTA 2015 There are a few spaces on the flower rota for the Old High Church for 2015. If you would like to add your name please contact Sally McCubbin.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 January and fortnightly thereafter. Please come along and enjoy the cameraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available in both the church vestibules.
OTHER NEWS
LEPROSY MISSION Dan and Babs Izzett from Zimbabwe will talk about their experiences of being affected by Leprosy and the work of the Leprosy Mission on Tuesday 20th January 2015, at 2.30 pm in Inshes Church. Contact Ruth Martin.
THE OLIVE GROVE has been run entirely by volunteers for five and a half years. Currently, there are a few spaces which need to be filled to continue the smooth running of the tearoom. If anyone can spare 2 hours per week, they would be delighted to hear from you. Working in one of the teams is a hugely enjoyable experience for both men and women. Please drop in to talk to us, or contact Eileen Ardern for further information.
CROSSREACH (the social work branch of the Church of Scotland) have a specialist dementia Care Home, Cameron House, at Culduthel Road, Inverness. They are currently recruiting for Relief Care Workers and Relief Housekeeping Assistants. Full training will be given. For more information or an application pack please contact the Service Manager, Pat Birse.
OUT OF THE BOX Christian charity based in Inverness are running an event for young people in Primary 5 through to S2 during the February school holidays. The event is called AMP, which stands for Acting, Music and Puppets. A.M.P. is a performing arts week, where young people can make new friends, develop creative skills and grow in faith. Each person attending will have a choice of creative streams where they will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the performing arts towards an end of week showcase where they can put all their new skills into practise. The event runs from 14 to 18 February in Hilton Parish Church from 10am till 4pm. The cost to attend is £85, with discounts for siblings. For more information please check out the website www.outofthebox.me.uk or email chris@outofthebox.me.uk.
ADVANCE NOTICES
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book e-mail info@wpcscotland.co.uk
THE BIG CLEAN at Stephen’s will take place this year on Saturday 14 March. Please put this in your diary. For more details contact Joan Darcy.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Oliver Fleming Drane and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details contact The Minister or http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15

Getting Wet: a sermon for Sunday 11 January 2015 (The Baptism of the Lord)

SERMON

Text: Matthew 3.1-17

Getting wet

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

Surely one of the worst things that could possibly happen to someone is to be arrested for a crime you haven’t committed. Bad enough that you might spend years in jail. Worse, however, to be branded a criminal, to be told you are guilty when you know you are not guilty. It’d be terrible to be criminalised by mistake. And who would choose to be treated like a criminal?

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