Sunday Bulletin 17 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sacrament of Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Alastair Younger
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.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical by Roger Jones, performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, this evening at 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from any choir member, Profits to Christian Aid. Contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 24 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Cameron House. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 24 September. Jennifer Morrison jennifersutherlandmorrison<at>gmail.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 Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HARVEST APPEAL We will support the Highland Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 1 October. Our congregation has been asked to donate: Tins of Ham, UHT Milk, Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Biscuits and Shower Gel. Please bring any of these items along to Church. “Bags for Life” would also be much appreciated. Val Cantlay (01463 231298) val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open from 10am to 12 noon if members wish to donate flowers, plants or items for the Food Bank. Please contact Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
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 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 10 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 September 2017: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10.00 am Congregational Service at St Stephen’s: ‘Barnabas’ Songs of Praise
led by the Minister
No service at Old High
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very 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.
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S next Sunday 17 September, 10am. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
BARNABAS MUSICAL Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from choir members katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight 7pm at St Stephen’s (then fortnightly). Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE St Stephen’s at 4pm today. Ruth Martin.
CRAFT EVENINGS The first for the new season on Wednesday 13 September in St Stephen’s Hall (7.30–9pm) and then every second Wednesday. Come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 9 September 12 noon: a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. Details: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE St Stephen’s Saturday 23 September 2.30pm. Followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
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.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES Church of Scotland social care agency are collecting the old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any around the house bring them to Church and donate them. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary available at the church doors.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, 2pm-4pm, Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Cherish the light! Sermon for The Kirking of the Council, 10 September 2017

Order of service

Scripture Readings: Philippians 4.4-9

Matthew 5.1-16

Cherish the light

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

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong. Photo credit: NASA, via Wikpedia

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong. Photo credit: NASA, via Wikipedia

On the 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin approached the surface of the moon in their fragile Lunar Module, the Eagle. It was a fraught descent. Aldrin was calling out computer data to Armstrong as they approached, but the computer played up- and only cool heads meant that the landing was not abandoned. And as he approached the surface, Armstrong spotted that their landing site was strewn with boulders the size of small cars. In his attempt to find a clear site to land, Armstrong almost used up all his fuel reserves, which would have meant that they could not return home, or crashed among the boulders.

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Sunday Bulletin 3 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
11.15 Kirking of the Council at the Old High
led by the Minister
Congregational service: no service at St Stephen’s
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very 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.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, 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; please contact Janet Robertson, janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
TEA AND COFFEE AT OLD HIGH after the service today. Please stay if you can. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 10 September at 11.15am at the Old High – all welcome! Led by our Minister, there will be contributions from Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral and Rev Stewart A MacKay, Chaplain at Fort George, with a congregation including many representatives of youth organisations and leaders of our local community. This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the enthusiastic support of us all. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical about the biblical figure of Barnabas by Roger Jones will be performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, on Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s Church. Get your free tickets from any choir member. Donations can be given at the door. Profits to Christian Aid. For more information contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS HANDBELLS  restarts on Tuesday 5 September at 7.30 pm in crèche hall at the Old High. Details from Rena Beaton. All welcome!
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on Sunday 17 September. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 10 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE. St Stephen’s at 4pm next Sunday 10 September to which all are invited to meet the Jesus for healing. Contact Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital is at midday on Saturday 9 September when we have a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. More details nearer the time. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline Friday 15 September.
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING held last week at St Stephen’s, the sum of £986 was raised for church funds. An enormous thank you to all who participated and helped to make this such a successful evening. Linda Philip.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.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.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult. Further information Rae.
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

 

Sunday Bulletin 27 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 September 2017: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by the The Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very 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 will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 10 September at 11.15am at the Old High – all welcome! This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the enthusiastic support of us all. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on Sunday 17 September. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday today at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September. Both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm; SS from 1030am to 4pm). Rena Beaton will play the organ at Old High from 11.30-12.20.This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. We need people to welcome visitors especially between 2 and 4pm at the Old High. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm this evening in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital is at midday on Saturday 9 September when we have a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, who are now being conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. More details about what they are proposing to sing will be available nearer the time. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical about the biblical figure of Barnabas by Roger Jones will be performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, on Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s Church. Get your free tickets from any choir member. Donations can be given at the door. Profits to Christian Aid. For more information contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie  williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
OTHER NEWS
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants (vegetable soup, bread and bananas) escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or text SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robynlove<at>inverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.