Sunday Bulletin 15 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 October 2017
10 am Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP next Sunday 22 October at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 29 October. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
OHSS AUTUMN WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for further details.
ST STEPHEN’S BAKE SALE I am holding a bake sale after church on Sunday 29 October after the service. This is part of my fundraising for my year overseas with the charity Project Trust, for which I have to raise £6,000.  I plan to go to Nepal in August 2018 to teach English to children in a remote area. I would be really pleased if you would join me and my family for coffee and cake. Anna Kelly.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation today. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday – take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon

 

Sunday Bulletin 8 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 October 2017: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HEALING SERVICE at St. Stephen’s, 4pm this afternoon- all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CRAFT EVENINGS (every second Wednesday in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm). Next meeting Wednesday 11 October. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com.
AUTUMN CHURCH WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae.
ST STEPHEN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS Many many thanks to Pam, Jill, Jaye and Marslaidh who joined me in doing the flowers for Harvest Festival last week. You all worked so hard to make the church look splendid. There were many compliments from the congregation which makes our enjoyment of doing the flowers so worthwhile. We are now busy planning Christmas! Annette Stoker.
OLD HIGH HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS thanks also to Sally McCubbin and her team. As well as the church decorations, the posies for members and friends were also much appreciated- Peter.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay  val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA on 30 September raised £2,059. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon.

Sunday Bulletin 1 October 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 October 2017: Harvest Thanksgiving
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TEA AFTER THE SERVICE at Old High, as well as St Stephen’s, this morning!
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP next Sunday 8 October at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HARVEST GIFTS Thank you to all who brought donations of food for the Highland Foodbank. After our services we also deliver house plants and flowers to the elderly and housebound in our congregation. The Pastoral Care Team would be grateful if YOU could help to deliver these. Please collect a plant or a bunch of flowers after the service. Thank you.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 7 October 12 noon. Third and last organ recital in 2017. Kevin Duggan, Organist and Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral, performing music by J S Bach and H Purcell, and short 20th century French organ compositions. As part of the Inverness Area celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, he will conclude with improvisations on Lutheran Chorales. This promises to be a splendid finale to this year’s organ recitals. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6gmail.com.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. Contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com
OTHER NEWS
THE ALPHA COURSE in the Olive Grove at 7 pm for the next nine Mondays. A fresh and contemporary way of thinking through some of the basics of Christian faith. Do invite people! Contact Crown Church.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

The Great Reversal: a sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 1 October 2017

Scripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15

Matthew 20:1-16

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

Two stories. The first, from a man who makes his living growing our food.

frank-zulu-pigeon-pea-field-thumbFor Frank Zulu of Chithumbwi village, Malawi, abundant life is in part denied because the rain is no longer reliable. He says: ‘Sometimes it rains heavily and washes seeds away and then it suddenly stops; sometimes it rains very late so our seeds die in the ground; sometimes it doesn’t rain at all.’

The consequences for the maize harvest, and therefore communities, is devastating. Frank says: ‘In Malawi, when we say somebody is hungry, we mean they don’t have maize. When the maize is not in harvest or there are shortages, people starve.’

With support from Christian Aid partner Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Frank has diversified his crops to include sweet potatoes and pigeon peas, which are better able to survive low rainfalls… However, even with a successful harvest of pigeon peas, the poor market prices for individual farmers prevent Frank and his family from getting a good price for his crops…

Frank and his community [often experiences corruption] at the farm gate where he sells the pigeon pea crop to traders. Often, these middlemen use illegal buying scales and exploit individual farmers. These ruthless tactics have the effect of driving prices right down. For Frank, this is a disaster: ‘Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children’.[1]

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Around the Table: a Communion sermon. Sunday 24 September 2017

Scripture Readings: Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20

Around the Table

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

Communion

In many ways, these last few weeks have been a time of new beginnings for me- and the weeks ahead are also going to be full of new beginnings. Today is another first- the first time I’ve led a Communion service here at St Stephen’s (I led the Communion at Old High last month).

After I had been off for a few months, I realised how much I was missing the Sacrament. So I was grateful to our Pastoral Assistant, Rev Arthur Sinclair, came to the Manse and led a Communion service there with me, my wife, Katharina, and our elder, Andy Pyott. Our living room coffee table became, for us, the Table of the Lord, and I was reminded that even if I couldn’t get to the building, I was still part of the Church.  Continue reading

Month of Sundays October 2017

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