WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 December 2018: First Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact Church Administrator for contact details)
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE Our Communion Service at St Stephen’s today will be a Congregational Service. We will have music from a combined choir (St Stephen’s and Old High) with our Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, playing the organ. All are welcome as we worship together around the Lord’s Table!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 1 December, 12 noon. Organ Recital by Robin Bell will include the following much loved music: Bach’s In dulci jubilo; Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme, Pastoral Symphony amd Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. A number of Scottish compositions including Meditation on Strathcathro and James MacMillan’s Wedding Introit will then be followed by Barber’s ‘Silent Night’ and Walton’s Crown Imperial Coronation March. The audience is warmly invited to remain afterwards for some seasonal refreshments. Andrew Stevenson.
GIVING TREES will be at both churches shortly, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:
St Stephen’s-Today and 2 December. . Please choose a label from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 2 or 9 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Info from Cliff Sim.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from Sunday 2 December. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or from Liz McKimmie.
MEET AND EAT There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 29 November at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. All are welcome. For more details contact Val Cantlay.
Old High St Stephen’s Winter Walk and Afternoon Tea on 2 December. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL On 2 December I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail. Deadline- earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- Friday 30 November.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH A big thank you to everyone who came along and helped in any way at the annual service following the city centre lights switch on. The amount raised for MFR Cash for Kids was £436. Christine MacKenzie.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924) 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
INVITATION TO DORES PARISH CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE today at 3pm to be taken by our Interim Moderator, Rev Scott McRoberts. Come and share with us as we thank God for his provisions and also share a cup of tea or coffee and the history of this beautiful building and Church. Looking forward to welcome you all.
THE INVERNESS SINGERS present CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church. Programme of of well-loved Christmas songs and congregational carols. Donations to Mikeysline. Parking in the Crown School playground. Admission by programme (adults £8, children/students £4) from the Music Shop, Church Street, Ken and Margaret Young and at the door.
REASONS FOR HOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar on Sunday 9 December at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing our faith at Christmas. Two Afternoon Seminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod).  Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfect gift’ (Andy Bannister). To book contact Jenny Sinclair.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourage you to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity.  It is an engaging day, with the opportunity to mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about the different forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The Vocations Information Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyone wanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church.  Please help us encourage others to explore their call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN
The Books Of The New Testament
Song by Colin Buchanan, from the album Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa (2003)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Acts and Romans
1 and 2 Corinthians
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 and 2 Timothy
Titus Philemon
Hebrews, James then
Peter 1 and 2
1, 2, 3 John
Jude and Revelation
The books of the New Testament are through