Sunday Bulletin 17 July 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 July 2016: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Alistair Younger, Retired Minister
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 @ )
Prior to Peter going on holiday on 6 July, the Bulletins for the 3, 10, 17 and 24 July will be printed on 1 July. Any notices received after that date will be announced from the pulpit.
PASTORAL COVER The minister will be on holiday from 6 to 26 July inclusive. For any pastoral issues, please contact your elder or the following: 6 to 16 July Rev Alastair Younger; 17 to 26 July Rev Arthur Sinclair.
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.
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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will continue to meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s throughout the summer on 3, 17, 31 July & 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.
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. (Further copies from Ruth Martin www.ucb.wordfortoday).
CHURCH MAGAZINE is now available for distributors. It is also available on our website. More information: Willie Morrison williekenilweb.com .

Sunday Bulletin 10 July 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 July 2016: Ninth 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
Prior to Peter going on holiday on 6 July, the Bulletins for the 3, 10, 17 and 24 July will be printed on 1 July. Any notices received after that date will be announced from the pulpit.
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
PASTORAL COVER The minister will be on holiday from 6 to 26 July inclusive. For any pastoral issues, please contact your elder or the following: 6 to 16 July Rev Alastair Younger; 17 to 26 July Rev Arthur Sinclair.
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! 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.
RETIRING OFFERINGS held on 29 May and 26 June in aid of the Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal amounted to £275. Sandy Cumming.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will continue to meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s throughout the summer on 3, 17, 31 July & 14 August. At a time when other Church activities may be on holiday, do think about coming along. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
HEALING SERVICE in St Stephen’s today at 4pm: to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)
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 on Old Inverness raised just over £100. Thank you to all who participated. The Gift Voucher was won by a lady from Drakies who had the most correct answers. Answers to the Quiz are in both Church notice boards and in the Olive Grove. Margaret McAleer.
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. (Further copies from Ruth Martin or www.ucb.wordfortoday).
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
ST JOHN’S CHURCH are holding a Strawberry Tea and Summer Fayre on Saturday 16 July from 2pm to 4pm at their Church Hall, Southside Road; Stalls; Raffle; Tombola; £2 entry. Contact Katrina O’Neill ladykatkanga<at>gmail.com

Lambs among wolves- sermon for 3 July 2016

Scripture Readings: Galatians 6.1-5

Luke 10.1-11

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

In the 1950s, a British Prime Minister told his people that ‘You’ve never had it so good’. There have been ups and downs for Britain since, but for a long time it has seemed that way to many people. We certainly have it better than many, if not most, people in the world. Most of us have enough to eat. Even in times of political crisis, society does not break down. The administration of government carries on. Pensions and benefits are still paid, there are neither terrorist nor soldiers on the streets, there is food in the shops and the lights haven’t gone off.

Perhaps, therefore, some of us on these islands have become a bit complacent. We have not worried overmuch about the rise of extreme nationalism and xenophobia, which has affected even relatively liberal European nations like Denmark and Holland. We were able to imagine that we Scots, tucked away in the far north west of Europe, would be immune to the pressures of the refugee crisis afflicting Europe’s Mediterranean borders. We have imagined that shopping and entertainment could create a new economy to replace jobs being swept away by automation and globalisation. Are we, perhaps, now waking up to face that fact that we are not immune to these, and other, shocks? Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 3 July 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 July 2016: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Alistair Younger, Retired 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 @)
PASTORAL COVER The minister will be on holiday from 6 to 26 July inclusive. For any pastoral issues, please contact your elder or the following: 6 to 16 July Rev Alastair Younger; 17 to 26 July Rev Arthur Sinclair.
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! 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.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will continue to meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s throughout the summer on 3, 17, 31 July & 14 August. At a time when other Church activities may be on holiday, do think about coming along. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
HEALING SERVICE in St Stephen’s on Sunday 10 July at 4pm to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)
RETIRING OFFERINGS on 29 May and 26 June in aid of the Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal were £275. Sandy Cumming.
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 on Old Inverness raised just over £100. Thank you to all who participated. The Gift Voucher was won by a lady from Drakies who had the most correct answers. Answers are on both Church notice boards and in the Olive Grove. Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
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.
THE LATE NINA WALLIS Doreen Polson, on behalf of the family, would like to thank most sincerely all those from the church who visited and cared for Nina. Their care and kindness was very much appreciated by Nina and the family.
OTHER NEWS
INTERFAITH PICNIC Saturday 9 July, 12 noon, Nairn East beach near Lochloy Holiday Park. Details: Tom Mackenzie atmackenzie9<at>gmail.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK would like to thank Old High St Stephen’s church for the donations of food to Highland Foodbank which in total weighs 81.70kgs so far this year. We are grateful for your support. In the past financial year we have been able to help 3,245 people in Inverness and Nairn. Thank you for making the Highland Foodbank possible! Lorna Dempster adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org

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

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.