Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: July 2018

Funeral Announcement – Mr Peter James Home MBE

Mr Peter James Home died at home on 14 July 2018.

Mr Home’s funeral service will be held on Monday 23 July 2018 at 1.30pm at the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY. Thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery.

The funeral director is D Chisholm & Sons, Huntly Street, Inverness IV3 5HP;  Tel 01463 712255.

Sunday Bulletin 15 July 2018

Further information and contact details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (substitute @ for <at>)
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 July 2018: Proper 11
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SUMMER MAGAZINE 2018 The magazine will be in both churches this Sunday for distributors to uplift. Jennifer Morrison
OHSS SUMMER OUTING Beauly River 22 July. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 1.30pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Check walkhighlands.co.uk for more details – short looped planned. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport (dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net)
TEA AND CAKES AT THE OLD HIGH Alistair and Pat Younger celebrate their Golden Wedding on 25 July and Peter and Katharina Nimmo their Silver Wedding on 30 July. To help them celebrate, there will be tea and cakes after the service in the Old High on Sunday 22 July. Please come if you can. Christine MacKenzie
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 29 July at 3pm. (These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger). Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
GIFT AID INFORMATION Those who contribute to the Church under the Gift Aid Scheme, are reminded that from 6 April 2016, Income Tax has not been deducted from dividends. It is important that if you donate under Gift Aid, you ensure that you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the relief claimed on your contributions. For further information, contact Sandy Cumming on sandy.cumming<at>btopenworld.com.
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Please inform Peter of anyone ill at home or in hospital (NB Arthur Sinclair is on holiday at the moment)..
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS The Minister will be on Annual Leave from 25 July until 11 August inclusive and the Sunday Bulletins for 29 July, 5 August and 12 August have to be printed before he goes. Please send Bulletin items for the above 3 Bulletins to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com by 12 noon on Sunday 22 July. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail).
OTHER NEWS
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 18 and 25 July and 8, 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.
Summer Organ Recitals on the Willis Organ at the Old High Church, Inverness
Saturday 28th July at 12 noon
Andreas Fauss: organist and music director in Sondershausen, Germany, studied as a church musician in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and organ in Vienna. As well as an organ recitalist, he also composes and records on radio and CD.
His programme, including work by J S Bach, predominantly features 19th century compositions by Josef Rheinberger, Louis Lefebure-Wely, John West, Robert Jones and Cesar Franck.
Saturday 11th August at 12 noon
Adam Parrish: organist in Chesterfield, studied music at York. He performs on organ, piano, and oboe and works as a choral conductor, alongside a career as a composer. Adam has given recitals throughout England including such locations as the Royal Albert Hall and Durham Cathedral.
His programme includes work by G F Handel, Edward Elgar, J Strauss and G Verdi, some 20th century English Choral Preludes, as well as Adam’s own arrangements of pieces by G Faure and Rick Wakeman.
These recitals will last approx. one hour. Donations of £5 at the door are invited to cover the cost of running these events. Further details on Music at the Old High from ohssmusic<at>gmail.com

A prophet loses his head: sermon for Sunday 15 July 2018 (Proper 10 Year B)

Scripture Readings: Ephesians 1.3-14

Mark 6.14-29

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

The first message we can take away from today’s gruesome Gospel reading is that a prophet can lose his head. Speaking up for the truth- speaking up for God- can get you into a great deal of trouble.

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Orders of Service for Sunday 15 July 2018

You can download a copy of the Orders here

Sunday Bulletin 8 July 2018

For further information and contact details e-mail invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace (<at> with @).
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 July 2018: Proper 10
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
OHSS SUMMER OUTING Beauly River 22 July. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 1.30pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Check walkhighlands.co.uk for more details – short looped planned. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport (dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net).
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Please inform Peter of anyone ill at home or in hospital (NB Arthur Sinclair is on holiday at the moment)..
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
OTHER NEWS
RECOVERY WALK SCOTLAND INFORMATION EVENT on Thursday 12 July from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Inshes Church, Inverness. Connect 4 Recovery aims to bring people with an interest in or experience of addictions and mental health, together to connect, create and share, ahead of Recovery Walk Scotland 2018. Contact Sharon Holloway.
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 18 and 25 July and 8, 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.
Summer Organ Recitals on the Willis Organ at the Old High Church, Inverness
Saturday 28th July at 12 noon
Andreas Fauss: organist and music director in Sondershausen, Germany, studied as a church musician in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and organ in Vienna. As well as an organ recitalist, he also composes and records on radio and CD.
His programme, including work by J S Bach, predominantly features 19th century compositions by Josef Rheinberger, Louis Lefebure-Wely, John West, Robert Jones and Cesar Franck.
Saturday 11th August at 12 noon
Adam Parrish: organist in Chesterfield, studied music at York. He performs on organ, piano, and oboe and works as a choral conductor, alongside a career as a composer. Adam has given recitals throughout England including such locations as the Royal Albert Hall and Durham Cathedral.
His programme includes work by G F Handel, Edward Elgar, J Strauss and G Verdi, some 20th century English Choral Preludes, as well as Adam’s own arrangements of pieces by G Faure and Rick Wakeman.
These recitals will last approx. one hour. Donations of £5 at the door are invited to cover the cost of running these events.
Further details on Music at the Old High can be obtained from ohssmusic<at>gmail.com

Jesus goes home: sermon for Sunday 8 July7 2018

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

Proper 9 (Year B, RCL)

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

It’s summer time, a time when we often do a lot of travelling. Many of us are getting ready to travel, or are just back from holiday. Some of us have friends and family who recently travelled to come to see us. And we often have visitors from all sorts of places in our congregation at this time of the year (and it’s great to have you with us!).

The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life tell how, during his short career as a preacher and healer, Jesus was often on the go. Jesus didn’t travel very far, in modern terms. He was active, in a narrow strip of land in Palestine, maybe 50 or 60 miles wide. He got as far north as the area around Tyre, north of Galilee, and to just south and east of Jerusalem- about 100 miles, as the crow flies. I suppose the farthest Jesus ever travelled- that we know about- was when his parents took him as a baby as refugees into Egypt. But today’s Gospel reading has him going home.

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Old High Music 2018 Summer Organ Recitals

We have a summer of excellent organ concerts at the Old High this year. An international set of visiting organists will be playing our historic Willis Organ- is one of the best organs in the Highlands.

Saturday 28th July at 12 noon

Andreas Fauss: organist and music director in Sondershausen, Germany, studied as a church musician in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and organ in Vienna. As well as an  organ recitalist, he also composes and records on radio and CD. His programme, including work by J S Bach, predominantly features 19th century compositions by Josef Rheinberger, Louis Lefebure-Wely, John West, Robert Jones and Cesar Franck.

Saturday 11th August at 12 noon

Adam Parrish: organist in Chesterfield, studied music at York. He performs on organ, piano, and oboe and works as a choral conductor, alongside a career as a composer. Adam has given recitals throughout England including such locations as the Royal Albert Hall and Durham Cathedral. His programme includes work by G F Handel, Edward Elgar, J Strauss and G Verdi, some 20th century English Choral Preludes, as well as Adam’s own arrangements of pieces by G Faure and Rick Wakeman.

These recitals will last approx. one hour. Donations of £5 at the door are invited to cover the cost of running these events.

Further details on Music at the Old High can be obtained from ohssmusic@gmail.com

You can download a copy of the poster here.

Summer 2018 Magazine

You can download the Summer 2018 Church Magazine here

Generous love: sermon for 1 July 2018

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

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

The most famous tax man in the Bible was a dishonest tax collector called Matthew. He held the franchise for tax-collecting in his area. He collected taxes on behalf of the Romans by whatever means he could, and he kept a percentage. No doubt it was a lucrative business, and it worked well for the Romans. The more tax Matthew brought in, more profit he earned.

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Sunday Bulletin for 1 July 2018

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 8 July 2018: Proper 9

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

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