Sunday Bulletin 29 October 2017

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.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering is for Cameron House.
BAKE SALE today after the service at St Stephen’s today. 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.
OHSS AUTUMN WALK this afternoon. 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Sunday 5 November 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
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service next Sunday 5 November. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November (please provide your own box!). Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee and mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles most appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
OTHER NEWS
LUTHER 500 A COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION Professor Bill McBryde will hold a series of talks in the Inverness and Nairn area, all at 7pm: Wednesday 1 November – All Saints Day Mass, St Mary’s, Huntly Street, Inverness; Tuesday 7 November – Nairn United Reformed Church, Crescent Road, Nairn IV12; Thursday 9 November – Ness Bank Church, 1 Ness Bank Road, Inverness IV2 4SA. Our services will be Reformation-themed next week!
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy: lorna.sculthorpe-goodenhs.net
ELEVATE HIGHLAND are joining with Youth for Christ touring bands, The Sense and the The Stance, for a special concert at Café Nero, High St, Inverness on Friday 3 November from 7.30pm-9pm for everyone in secondary school. Entry free. Greg Youngson elevatehighlandgmail.com
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Pastor Training event, Smithton Free Church, Saturday 18 November 09.30 till 16.00. To attend, contact robynloveinverness.org by Friday 3 November.
COUNCIL ASSEMBLY’S NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30amTrevor Hunt Invernesschurchofscotland.org.uk
CALMAN TRUST are looking for volunteers to work mainly with young people aged 16-25. Can you help a few hours a week with cooking sessions, practical workshops (baking, crafts, sewing, DIY) or with our Ness Soaps production?- please get in touch! foodcalman.org
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

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

 

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

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Easter 2016

Click on the graphic for our Holy Week and Easter leaflet

HOLY WEEK services will be at 7pm, Monday to Wednesday at Crown Church.

There will be a Communion Service at Crown for Maundy Thursday, service at 7pm, with a meal starting at 6.15pm, at Crown Church, to which everyone is welcome.

We will host an ecumenical Good Friday service at 7pm at St Stephen’s. This will be a meditative service, featuring music from our choir.

EASTER SUNDAY service at St Stephen’s starting in the garden, 10am. Old High service at 11.15am.

CAMERON HOUSE EASTER PRAISE Join us on Easter Sunday at 3pm for worship with the residents of Cameron House, led by Peter, who is the chaplain to the home. All welcome.

At the Table- a sermon on Holy Communion, 20 September 2015

Scripture Readings: John 6.53-59
Mark 14.22-26

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

The BBC recently had a series about Indian railways, featuring the Calcutta station which gets as many passengers in a day as travel on the whole of the British Railway network. India’s railways are busy. So busy, Indians don’t just ride in trains- they ride on top of them, too.

There is a scene in the film Ghandi in which a Christian missionary, a friend of Ghandi’s, is- unusually for a Westerner- riding on top of a train. He finds himself in conversation with a Hindu, who is very suspicious of this Christian. The Hindu can’t understand Christianity, for he’s heard that Christians are the people who eat their God. Continue reading

After the referendum- time to reflect this Sunday

Reconciliation ServiceJoin us this Sunday at Stephen’s as we watch and discuss the service of reconciliation which took place at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, on the Sunday following the Scottish independence referendum.

The ‘service reflecting shared values and common purpose’ was the idea of the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, who also preached the sermon at the service.

During his sermon, the Moderator said,

Post referendum there are those who are elated or at least relieved, and there are those who are desperately disappointed, “gutted” – is the description that I have frequently heard. Feelings like these will take time to heal and I want no one to think that I think that there is a quick fix or an easy “dusting down”. For some, this referendum has been about national identity; for us all it has been about self-identity and that is about as close to the soul as it gets. So recovery and healing is a soul searching matter and for me, that is a deeply spiritual matter – so no quick fix. Instead, it will take a force of magnanimity and graciousness to restore equilibrium to both nation and individuals.

On Sunday night at St Stephen’s. we will be watching highlights of the service, and having some discussion about whether there is a need for reconciliation after the referendum, and where country goes from here.

More about the St Giles’ service here.

The discussion at St Stephen’s will follow a short evening communion service, to which anyone is welcome.

The service begins at 7pm, and the film and discussion starts at 7.30pm. People are welcome to come to either or both events.

The Moderator will be hosting a nationwide discussion on 5 November  about the aftermath of the referendum, ‘Scotland’s Future Now’. The venue in Inverness will be Crown Church. More details to follow.

Christmas 2013 at Old High St Stephen’s

mary-joseph-jesus colour

Christmas Eve

6.30pm All-Age service led by the Minister

11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s led by the Minister

11.30pm Watchnight Service at the Old High led by Jonathan Appleby

Christmas Day

10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s (bring your gifts along!)

St Stephen’s Day (26 December)

10am St Stephen’s Day Service at St Stephen’s, with Holy Communion

Sunday 29 December

11.15am Congregational Service at the Old High Church led by Rev John Duncan, Army Chaplain at Fort George (no service at St Stephen’s)

Download our Christmas leaflet– a pdf file you can print out and put somewhere handy!

For services in January, click here .

Food and drink- for life!: A sermon for Communion, 30 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 30 September 2012: Year B,

SERMON
Texts: Mark 14.22-26
John 6.53-69

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

In India, people don’t just ride in trains- they ride on top of them, too. There is a scene in the film Ghandi in which a Christian missionary, a friend of Ghandi’s, is- unusually for a Westerner- riding on top of a train. So he finds himself in conversation with a Hindu, who is very suspicious of this Christian. He can’t understand Christianity, for are not Christians the people who eat their God? Continue reading