Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: May 2018

Annual Accounts 2017

Our annual accounts for 2017 are now available to view here.

The proposed budget for 2018 is available to view here.

We will be hearing from our Treasurer at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will take place during worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High that day).

‘Fire and Water’: Sermon for Pentecost 2018 21 May 2018

Scripture Readings: Acts 2:1-21

 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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

I’m tempted to start today with a poll, and ask you all what you watched on TV yesterday. Did you watch the royal wedding, or the FA cup final? Or did you sit at your computer and watch the live feed from Edinburgh of the opening day of the Church of Scotland General Assembly? Or maybe you read a book, or took a walk in the countryside? (It was my day off yesterday, so as my son, Daniel, was a guard on a steam train on the Strathspey Railway, so I took a trip with him!).

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‘Not just words and talk’: Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 13 May 2018

Scripture Readings: 1 John 3.16-24

Luke 24:44-53

‘Not just words and talk’

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

Some time ago, an episode of David Attenborough’s latest series Blue Planet II seemed to make an incredible impression on people. It showed, graphically, the mess we are making of the oceans. Two thirds of the planet is covered by oceans. In the complex ecosystem of Planet Earth, healthy water is essential for a healthy planet- all life depends on it. But we are in danger if slowing killing the seas and the life within them. But way far out to sea, there is tons of plastic floating in the ocean. Not only is it unsightly- it’s dangerous to sea creatures of all kinds. The Blue Planet series was a reminder of how we have failed in out stewardship of creation.

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A Friend Indeed! Sermon for Sunday 6 May 2018 (Easter 5 Year B, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Acts 10:24-48

John 15:9-17

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

There was once a little boy who took piano lessons. Every week, the wee boy would cycle to his teacher’s house for his lesson, and leave his bike propped up against the garden fence. And every week, as the wee boy pushed open the garden gate, he would feel the butterflies in his stomach, for the old man was a strict teacher of the old school. But as the wee boy grew up, he came to love the old man, for that wee boy grew up to be a fine musician, and, indeed, a much-respected piano teacher himself. But then he heard that his old teacher was gravely ill, confined to his bed, and certainly could no longer play the piano- in word, the old man was dying. And so the pianist who had once been the old man’s student went to visit his old teacher one last time. This time he drove to that familiar old house, and parked in the street outside. A student no more, he had become a friend, and after all, he was an adult, a musician, a teacher himself. But as he pushed open the garden gate, he felt, once more, the butterflies in his stomach!

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