Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: August 2016

Doors Open Day at OHSS

DOORS OPEN DAYS give you free access to buildings across Scotland.  As part of the Inverness programme, both the Old High (OH) and St Stephen’s (SS) will open on Saturday 3 September from 10.30am to 4 pm. At OH Robin Versteeg will give an organ recital at 12 noon and at SS there will be an organ recital at 11.30am. We need volunteers to keep both churches open on the day. If you can help for OH please contact Christine MacKenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com and for SS contact Jim Alexander on jbdalex<at>yahoo.com. www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays

SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE AT THE OLD HIGH

Come along and join us at the OHSS 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! More details from The Minister PNimmochurchofscotland.org.

Gods at war! Sermon for Sunday 14 August 2016 (Proper 15 Year C, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Psalm 82

            Luke 12:49-56

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

‘God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision’ (Psalm 82.1).

Today’s Psalm asks us to picture a strange scene. The scene is a ‘heavenly court’, or an assembly of gods. The Lord God of Israel presides- but he’s not the only god there- he’s speaking to other gods. This is odd. Surely there is only one God?

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Meeting about the Old High Hall cancelled

The Congregational Meeting about the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for this Tuesday night, has, unfortunately, had to be postponed. This is because someone raised a concern about the way it has been intimated to the congregation.

A Congregation Meeting of this sort happens after at least 2 Sunday’s notice has been given to the Congregation. We checked with the Presbytery Clerk and the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, it is clear that we more than enough notice for the meeting has been given (3 Sundays, not just 2).

However, someone complained that the wording of the announcements did not make clear what the purpose of the meeting was to be. In fact, myself and our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, and Depute Session Clerk, Christine Mackenzie, are quite sure that everyone did understand what the purpose of the meeting was, so this complaint was a complete surprise to us. Throughout this process, the Session Clerks and myself have been utterly committed to being open with the Congregation about the reasons for the need for the sale, and the process to be followed.

In order to absolutely ensure that everything is done according to the law of the Church, we will now postpone Tuesday’s meeting. We intend to propose to the Leadership Team that the new meeting take place on 13 September, and will give due notice nearer the time.

Our apologies that this has happened. Of course we want to get this decision over with. You have today the information which we were giving out in advance of the meeting, and you will notice that not much has changed since the Kirk Session made the decision to sell the Hall, and that if you were not already acquainted with this information we trust you will find it informative. As always, and continuing our policy of openness, Linda and Christine remain happy to answer your questions on this matter.

Old High Church closed this Friday morning

Old High-1The Old High Church is normally open to visitors this year on weekdays on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO A FUNERAL, THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED THIS FRIDAY MORNING (12 AUGUST) AND WILL BE ONLY OPEN FROM 2.15PM TO 4PM.

Faith for the future: Sermon for 7 August 2016 Proper 14

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

Luke 12:32-40

Faith for the future

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

I was once Associate Minister in Currie, which is nowadays is a suburb of Edinburgh, but it was always interesting to talk to the oldest people who remembered when it had been a little country village. One very old lady told me once she had been worshipping in the same Church- Currie Kirk- all her life. And she told me how it had been when she was a girl. She explained that her family had to go to church each Sunday. Her father was a gamekeeper, and if he wasn’t there the laird would have noticed and he’d have lost not just his job, but his tied house as well. Homeless and jobless if they didn’t go to church.

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