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Month: September 2015

To whom shall we go? A sermon for the Anniversary of the Battle of Loos

On 27 September 2015, the Colours of  the 4th/5th Battalion, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, were laid up in the Old High Church. The Camerons were the local regiment, and the Old High was their Regimental Church, and now houses the Camerons Memorial Area. The service took place at the time of the anniversary of the Battle of Loos (1915) in which many Camerons were killed and injured. The Loos commemoration was previewed in the Inverness Courier

Scripture Readings: Ephesians 6.10-18 (King James Version)
John 6:60-69 (Good News Bible)

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

Today our congregation is delighted to once again play host to the members of the Cameron Highlanders Association. I know that you will enjoy the comradeship of your reunion weekend. Yet a service like this has a more sombre tone, especially when, as we do today, we recall an event which led to such loss of life for the regiment- and, of course, for many others. Some of you here served in the regiment, and heard about the Battle of Loos alongside other stories from your regimental history. Others of you are descended from family members who were at the battle- for you, this is family history. And then some of you will be here because of your connections with the battalions whose colours we receive into safekeeping here at the Old High today.

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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.

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Autumn 2015 Church Magazine

The Autumn 2015 edition of our church magazine is now available.
Click here to read or download it

Organ Recital 3 October 2015

Old High Music
Organ Recital on Saturday 3rd October at 12 noon by David Mackay.   From previous recitals we know that this will be a splendid event.
David Mackay developed his early playing skills at Ness Bank Church before studying at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow.   He has many years experience as an organist in and around Ayr, including regular performances at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries.
His one-hour programme includes work by J.S. Bach, Chapell, Jongen, Boellmann and Vierne.
We are counting on a good audience to welcome David back to his old home town!
Click here for the Organ Recital Programme

Justice or charity?- a sermon for the Kirking of the Council, 13 September 2015

Scripture Readings: Amos 7.7-17
Luke 10.25-37
Sermon

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

In 2012, there was massive media coverage when the Costa Concordia, a luxury cruise ship, ran aground off Italy, leading to the tragic deaths of 32 passengers and crew. But almost unnoticed, the Italian coastguard were also busy elsewhere:

That same day, the first of three boats carrying African refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya towards Malta and Italy was rescued by coastguards, in an incident which attracted no news coverage whatsoever. 72 were saved, including a pregnant woman and 29 children. The second boat was rescued two days later by a Maltese armed patrol vessel, assisted by the US Navy. The 68 who were saved included a mother who had just given birth… The third boat didn’t make it. A distress call warning of engine failure was intercepted by the Maltese maritime authorities the morning after the Concordia disaster. Then no more was heard….until the last week of January, when the first 15 bodies were washed up on Libyan beaches –at least 55 were lost.

I’m quoting there from a leaflet produced by the Church of Scotland Guild on the situation in Malta.

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Kirking of the Council: Sunday 13 September 2015

Kirking Post 2015Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, is giving an open invitation to all the citizens of Inverness to join us at the Kirking of the Council service this Sunday at the Old High Church. A parade begins from the High Street at 10.45am. The service in the Old High Church, which is open to all, begins at 11.15am.

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Sermon for 6 September 2015 Companions- or enemies? How we spoil Eden

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:4b-25 (Narrative Lectionary reading for Pentecost 16)
Mark 10.13-16

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

The Book of Genesis offers two stories about the creation of the world. This morning we have hear the start of the second one, the version which is about man and woman being created in the Garden of Eden. The trick with reading these stories is not to see them as accounts from ancient history, but stories about today. Adam- Adam is everyman, Eve is everywoman. Adam and Eve are me and you. This is a story about all of us.

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Voiceworks choral concert at the Old High Friday 4th September, 7.30pm

Voiceworks SeptemberThe autumn series begins with a concert by “Voiceworks” at the different time of 7.30pm on a Friday. This local choir offer a mixture of solo and choral pieces from the classical repertoire. We hope this varied programme will have something for everyone! Details: Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com.

Old High Music in the Autumn

The autumn series begins with a concert by ‘Voiceworks’ at the different time of 7.30pm on Friday 4th September.   This will offer a mixture of solo and choral pieces from the classical repertoire.
Thereafter, the remainder of this year’s series will take place at the normal time on Saturdays at 12 noon.
There will be organ recitals on 3rd October and 7th November and, as in previous years, the Merlewood Ensemble will round off the year on 28th November.
We hope this varied programme will have something for everyone!
Please come along to enjoy these recitals and let others know, so that they will be well supported.   Donations of £5 will be invited as usual at the door for the Music Fund.   More details from Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
Click here to download the 2nd Old High Series Brochure 2015

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