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Month: August 2018

September 2018 Month of Sundays

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Sunday Bulletin 26 August 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 September 2018: Proper 17
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
RETIRING OFFERING: KERALA FLOOD EMERGENCY Christian Aid have asked churches to take a special offering this week to help with their work in the Indian state of Kerala. Christian Aid states: ‘Over a million people so far have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rains, with the loss of more than 370 lives in the monsoon season since June. The heavy rains have brought Kerala to a standstill; the airport and rail stations are closed due to the flooding. Most villages are either inundated with flood water, or inaccessible because of landslides. More than a million people are staying in around 4,000 relief camps across the state. The rains continue to fall in many districts – out of the 14 districts, 13 are badly affected. It’s said to be the worst rains in more than 100 years. The scale of this crisis means we need your help to do more. We’re seeing the effects of climate change right before our eyes, and we need to stand together with those suffering’. There will be plates at the doors of both our buildings today, or you can donate via the Christian Aid website at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising; Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please contact our Session Clerk. Linda Philip.
DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander. At the Old High there is music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Christine Mackenzie or Sheila MacLeod.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! The Kirk Session have agreed to make payment for this service. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today 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 MUSIC: FLISKMAHOY ENSEMBLE Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg (wife of Old High organist, Robin), along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
MEET & EAT.The August Church lunch will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 August at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please consider joining us. For further information contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 15 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. Contact your elder for further information or if you require transport val.cantlay<at> btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.
KIRK SESSION meets Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator. Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.
THE OSILIGI MAASAI WARRIORS This Maasai Tribal Song & Dance Group are performing at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 31 August at 7.30pm. Tickets. £10adults, £8 concession, £4 children available from the Cathedral Office invernesscathedraloffice<at>gmail.com
URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.

Fliskmahoy Ensemble: Saturday 8th September at 12 noon Old High Church

Frances Cooper – soprano
Emma Versteeg – soprano
Carole Clarke – alto
Kate Miguda – violin

This will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed ensemble, whose recent premiere in Dundee received much acclaim.

Speyside-based singer and teacher Emma Versteeg describes the Ensemble’s aims as follows:

Inspired by Frances Cooper, Fliskmahoy was born out of a desire to create a vocal group with a difference. The combination of three voices and violin has not, as far as we know, been seen before, and therefore much of the music we are performing has been arranged or composed especially for us. In this, we are fortunate to have engaged some of the country’s most outstanding musicians, and we are thrilled with the selection we can now put together.

Programme includes:

• Six newly arranged Scottish and Irish Ballads
• Three Song Arrangements by John Kitchen
• Two Songs by Julian Wagstaff
• A Scotch Miscellany by Stuart Murray Mitchell
• The Pankhurst Anthem – to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK

Saturday 8th September at 12 noon Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness.

Free entry- donation programmes.

More more information about Old High Music, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com (replace <a> with @).

Sunday Bulletin 19 August 2018

For more information about any event or announcement, please contact us.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 26 August 2018: Proper 16

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by Rev Arthur Sinclair

11.15 am Sacrament of Communion at the Old High

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising;  Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please give your name to the Session Clerk. Linda Philip (790253).

DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander . At the Old High there are guided tours from 1.00pm and music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Sheila MacLeod .

TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! The Kirk Session have agreed to make payment for this service. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING VOLUNTEERS will meet on Monday 20 August at 2pm in the Church. If you would like to know more about the Church Opening Programme or would like to become a Volunteer please do come along. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 26 August. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.

CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 26 August 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.

THANK YOU I wish to thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement and the many get well wishes I received recently. It is heartening to know that people care. Best wishes Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg, along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod.

NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.

KIRK SESSION meets on Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville

CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to Willie. The deadline is Friday 14 September.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

SUNDAY BULLETIN The Church Administrator will be on Annual Leave this week so items should be sent to the Minister. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2 , or contact our Minister, Peter (01463 250 802).

OXFAM SHOP INVERNESS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Oxfam are always looking to recruit more volunteers of all ages and abilities, who may have spare time on their hands and may be looking to fill their time and make new friends. If you are interested just pop into the shop in Lombard Street and ask to speak to us.

URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator

ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway

 

A different sort of wisdom: sermon for 19 August 2018: Proper 15 Year B RCL

Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3:3-14

            John 6:48-58

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

Today I want to look at just a few verses from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, verses which the Lectionary gives us to read and consider alongside the other passages we have already had read to us today. The letters you find at the end of the New Testament were written to encourage or cajole the earliest Christian communities which were springing up around the Roman Empire in the decades following the resurrection of Christ. They were written at a time when Christians were in a tiny minority, in a multicultural Empire in which Christians were often treated with disdain, disapproval or even open persecution. And I think that today they can speak to us with a new urgency and power, for as Christians living in Europe we also increasingly aware of being a minority in a culture which seems increasingly indifferent or even hostile. Like those first Christians we too are now in a minority. Perhaps, therefore, we can begin to learn from those letters which speak of the pressures and problems which come from being part of a minority faith.

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Taste and See: sermon for 12 August 2018 (Proper 13)

Texts: Psalm 34:1-8
John 6:35, 41-51
Taste and see

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

At an airport in New York once, I went for something to eat. At the food court, a nice lady with a tray asked me if I’d like to try a nibble of the product they were selling at the nearby fast food counter. I was ready to take some when I noticed that it was a sushi bar. Sushi- Japanese-style fast food- is becoming more and more popular in the US, both in expensive restaurants and as fast food. Now, I will try most kinds of food, and in America it’s nice to find a kind of food that doesn’t involve lots and lots of meat. But I draw the line at raw fish- a bit dodgy. I’m not one to turn down a freebie, but I said ‘no thanks’. I’d rather my fish was cooked, at least a bit!

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Sunday Bulletin 12 August 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 August 2018: Proper 15
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please 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 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.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison 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. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
SUNDAY BULLETIN should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. 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 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.

Sunday Bulletin Sunday 5 August 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 12 August 2018: Proper 14
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE The Minister is on holiday. If you have any urgent pastoral matters, please contact your Elder, or Rev Arthur Sinclair.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
ORGAN RECITAL ON THE WILLIS ORGAN AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH 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. Recital 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
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.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
SUNDAY BULLETIN should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. 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 8, 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.

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