Who’s invited? Sermon for Sunday 28 August 2016 at Old High

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 13:1-8 and 15-16

Luke 14:1 and 7-14

Who’s invited?

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

If we believe we live in the presence of Jesus Christ, what should our lives look like? How should our faith affect how we live?

Perhaps the Ten Commandments is a good summary of how a Christian should live. Or how about what Jesus has to say in the Sermon on the Mount? Or, as I mentioned two weeks ago, how about St Paul’s list of ‘fruits of the Spirit’ in his letter to the Galatians, which tells us that a Christian who is animated by the Spirit of God will show in their lives virtues such as ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control’[1] – which is one of my favourite lists in the Bible.

Today we heard another list, from the Letter to the Hebrews. It is a letter which is written by an author whose name we do not know. It is addressed, as far as we can tell, to Christians of Jewish origin. It is quite a theological letter, but it also contains much practical advice. Today, we hear some of the author’s more useful practical advice about putting our faith into action. Continue reading

Funeral – Dr Ian Morris

Dr John A Morris (Ian), formerly of 1 Cradlehall Park, Westhill, Inverness, died at Cradlehall Care Home on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

He was 91.

Dr Morris’ funeral will be held on Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 1pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA.

Further details from D M Ellen Funeral Directors 01667 453023.

Sunday Bulletin 21 August 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 28 August 2016: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion 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 @)
SUNDAY SCHOOL returns at St Stephen’s today. Please encourage any young people you know to come and join us! Details: Raema Mackay.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High tonight 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! Do you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening? Contact our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg on versteegr<at>hotmail.com
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel on Thursday 25 August at 12.30pm. All are welcome . Transport available. To book your place, please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH AUGUST LUNCHTIME RECITAL Saturday 10th September at noon: Musick Fyne will be returning to give a choral recital including some fascinating Early Music. More details of their programme will be circulated nearer the time. For more information about the autumn recitals please visit ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
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.
DOORS OPEN DAYS gives you free access to buildings across Scotland. As part of the Inverness programme, both the Old High (OH) and St Stephen’s (SS) will open on Saturday 3 September from 10.30am to 4 pm. At OH Robin Versteeg will give an organ recital at 12 noon and at SS there will be an organ recital at 11.30am. We need volunteers to keep both churches open on the day. If you can help for OH please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com and for SS contact Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com. www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays.
ORDERS OF SERVICE Ron and Iris Lyon have folded the orders of service for the Old High and ensured that they are available at the service on the Sunday morning for a number of years. They wish to give this up at the end of August and we are most grateful for all their assistance. We now need volunteer(s) who can collect the printed orders of service on a Friday or Saturday, fold them, and ensure they are available for the morning service. If this is something you can help with please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 28 August. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the autumn issue. Please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 16 September, but the earlier the better.
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.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING REGARDING THE OLD HIGH HALL Regretfully, the meeting planned for last Tuesday regarding the sale of the Old High Hall had to be postponed at short notice due to someone objecting to the wording of the notices. It is likely that the new date for this meeting will be Tuesday 13 September at 7.30pm in the Old High Church. We will give formal notice of this nearer the time in the correct form. If you have any questions about this, please contact our Session Clerk Linda Philip or Depute Session Clerk Christine Mackenzie.

Doors Open Day at OHSS

DOORS OPEN DAYS give you free access to buildings across Scotland.  As part of the Inverness programme, both the Old High (OH) and St Stephen’s (SS) will open on Saturday 3 September from 10.30am to 4 pm. At OH Robin Versteeg will give an organ recital at 12 noon and at SS there will be an organ recital at 11.30am. We need volunteers to keep both churches open on the day. If you can help for OH please contact Christine MacKenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com and for SS contact Jim Alexander on jbdalex<at>yahoo.com. www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays

Sunday Bulletin 14 August 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 August 2016: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by the Rev David Anderson,
Locum at Cawdor and Croy
7pm Summer Songs of Praise at the Old High
Led by the Minister
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 @)
SUNDAY SCHOOL will return at St Stephen’s on 21 August. Please encourage any young people you know to come and join us! Details: Raema Mackay.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High next 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! Do you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening? Contact our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
OLD HIGH AUGUST LUNCHTIME RECITAL Saturday 10th September at noon: Musick Fyne will be returning to give a choral recital including some fascinating Early Music. More details of their programme will be circulated nearer the time. For more information about the autumn recitals please visit ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
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.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH CHOIR starts rehearsals again this coming Thursday, 18 August at 7.30 pm during August and at 7.15 pm from September. New members always welcome. You don’t have to read music to join. More information from Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet again at 7pm in St Stephen’s tonight. At a time when other Church activities may be on holiday, do think about coming along. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
DOORS OPEN DAYS give you free access to buildings across Scotland. As part of the Inverness programme, both the Old High (OH) and St Stephen’s (SS) will open on Saturday 3 September from 10.30am to 4 pm. At OH Robin Versteeg will give an organ recital at 12 noon and at SS Ron Stevenson will give an organ recital at 11.30am. We need volunteers to keep both churches open on the day. If you can help for OH please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com and for SS contact Jim Alexander on jbdalex<at>yahoo.com. www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays.
ORDERS OF SERVICE Ron and Iris Lyon have folded the orders of service for the Old High and ensured that they are available at the service on the Sunday morning for a number of years. They wish to give this up at the end of August and we are most grateful for all their assistance. We now need volunteer(s) who can collect the printed orders of service on a Friday or Saturday, fold them, and ensure they are available for the morning service. If this is something you can help with please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 August. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the autumn issue. Please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 16 September, but the earlier the better.
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.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
FUNDRAISER SOUGHT Blythswood Care are seeking an experienced fundraiser with proven achievements in income generation to deliver strong and focused leadership to our UK-wide team. Based at our Head Office in Evanton, this full-time position requires flexible working and commitment to the objectives of Blythswood Care. Closing date Monday 15 August 2016. For application form and job description, contact Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org

Gods at war! Sermon for Sunday 14 August 2016 (Proper 15 Year C, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Psalm 82

            Luke 12:49-56

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

‘God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision’ (Psalm 82.1).

Today’s Psalm asks us to picture a strange scene. The scene is a ‘heavenly court’, or an assembly of gods. The Lord God of Israel presides- but he’s not the only god there- he’s speaking to other gods. This is odd. Surely there is only one God? Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 7 August 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 14 August 2016: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurchgmail.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 : invernesschurchgmail.com (replace with @)
SUNDAY SCHOOL will return at St Stephen’s on 21 August. Please encourage any young people you know to come and join us! Details: Raema Mackay.
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! Do you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening? Contact our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurchgmail.com.
OLD HIGH AUGUST LUNCHTIME RECITAL The recital planned for Saturday 13th August has unfortunately had to be cancelled, but will be re-scheduled in 2017. The next event will therefore be on Saturday 10th September when Musick Fyne will be returning to give a choral recital including some fascinating Early Music. More details of their programme will be circulated nearer the time. For more information about the autumn recitals please visit ohssmusicgmail.com
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 christinemac73hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
OLD HIGH HALL There will be an important congregational meeting on Tuesday 16 August in the Old High church at 7.30pm to discuss the future of the Old High hall. For more information, please contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet again at 7pm in St Stephen’s on 14 August. At a time when other Church activities may be on holiday, do think about coming along. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
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.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s next Sunday 1h August at 4pm, all are welcome to this service. Contact Ruth Martin.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
LGOWIT (Let’s Get On With It Together) is offering free 5-week self-management courses aimed at those living with long term conditions. The courses run from the end of July in Inshes Church (Tuesdays 2pm to 4.30pm) and the MS Therapy Centre (Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm). Further details and to book a place contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoyhighlandtsi.org.uk
FUNDRAISER SOUGHT Blythswood Care are seeking an experienced fundraiser with proven achievements in income generation to deliver strong and focused leadership to our UK-wide team. Based at our Head Office in Evanton, this full-time position requires flexible working and commitment to the objectives of Blythswood Care. Closing date Monday 15 August 2016. For application form and job description, contact Barbara Grace personnelblythswood.org