Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: February 2019

Hope: for this life and the next! Sermon for 17 February 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Luke 6:17-26

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

This year’s BBC Scotland Hogmanay show had a treat for those of a certain age, for it saw the return of the Reverend IM Jolly. Gregor Fisher played the character of a lugubrious Scottish minister bringing his New Year message to the nation.

For the Reverend IM Jolly was originally brought to life by Scottish comedy great Rikki Fulton. He’s still fondly remembered, despite having died back in 2004. You can still find many of sketches from his show, Scotch and Wry online, and they still make me laugh.

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Old High Music 2019

The 2019 Old High Music Season commences on Saturday 9 March at 12 noon when we are delighted to welcome Eileen Mackintosh for her first visit to the Old High. Eileen has had a distinguished musical career as an operatic soprano, conductor and teacher in the US before moving with her Scottish husband to the Black Isle in 2017. She and Robin Versteeg have been preparing an exciting programme of Wagner, Puccini and Ernest Charles for what promises to be a memorable inaugural recital for this new year of music at the Old High. Please come and support this event. Brochures will be available detailing the 7 other recitals that are planned throughout 2019.

Download the brochure here

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Evelyn Halley

Mrs Evelyn Buchanan Halley, of Rangemore Road, Inverness, died on Monday 11 February at 2019. She was 98 years.

Mrs Halley’s funeral will be held at 12.30pm on Friday 22 February 2019, at the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY. Thereafter to Tomnahurich Cemetery.

Further details from John Fraser & Son (01463) 233366.

Sunday Bulletin 10 February 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 17 February 2019: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s Church

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administraor

CHRISTIAN BASICS Peter will shortly be running a series of classes for those interested in learning about the Christian faith. Why not invite a friend who might be curious? If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR would like to extend a warm invitation to interested members, adherents or friends to join the church choir. We are a cheery bunch of amateurs who enjoy getting together every Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to practise the hymns for the coming Sunday and to prepare two other short pieces for the service. Our Choir Director, Pam McCulloch, and accompanist Alyn Ross share their enthusiasm and infectious fun with us all. Do come along and join us, as we seek to support and enhance the weekly worship at St Stephen’s. For further information, please contact Pam.  All voices welcome, particularly gentlemen!

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will meet again at 7pm this evening and consider the next two chapters in the book, around the themes of Childhood and Marriage. Andrew Stevenson.

CHURCH PARTY The St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. We will have a beetle drive, some singing, food and a little surprise. Come and join the fun! Please get a free ticket from Susan or Katharina at St Stephen’s or from Christine at the Old High so that we know how many to cater for. More information from Katharina Nimmo.

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS on Sunday 3 March. Meet St Stephen’s Car park at 1.30pm, or Aldourie Castle car park at 2pm. Low level walk with various lengths of walk. Cuppa after at the Lochardil House Hotel at 3.30pm. Tea/Coffee Scone and shortbread £4.50. All welcome for walk or cuppa. Speak to Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for queries.

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (10 February) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 15 March.

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

WORD FOR TODAY The latest free daily readings guide is now in the vestibules of both churches. Contact Ruth Martin.

THE HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

KIRK SESSION The date of the next Session meeting has had to be changed to Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session Clerk.

GATEWAY HIGHLAND The General Manager has written to thank the congregation of OHSS for the very generous donation of £529.71 and to advise that without our continuing support they would be unable to provide the extras that are so welcome at what can be a very difficult time of year. She advised that some of the congregation had also been helping with the Food for Families project by cooking meals. Many thanks to the teams, some of whom she has not met personally. 2,700 meals were cooked this year which were distributed to families in need across the Highlands.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

CHRISTIAN AID event on Thursday 28 February 2019 at Inshes Church of Scotland, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness IV2 3TW from 10am – 1pm. Join us at The Gathering to find out how you can give, act and pray with us in 2019. Meet other supporters, get new fundraising ideas and learn about Christian Aid’s key issues and how the money you raise is spent. Keynote speaker Jeanne Kamara, Head of Sierra Leon. RSVP

ARGENTINE TANGO HIGHLAND A new club is starting on Friday evenings in St Stephen’s Hall from 8-9pm for those interested in learning tango dancing. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn tango or who wants to return to dancing. No partner is necessary.

Highland Gospel Male Voice Choir will perform on Friday 22 February at the Inverness Methodist Church, Huntly Street, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Proceeds to Inverness Street Pastors. Robyn Teago.

Inverness Street Pastors 2 resources available “Street Pastors Pray from Home Pack” and “Inverness Prayer Pastors Prayer Guide”.

Fish for all!: Sermon for Sunday 10 February 2019: Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13

Luke 5:1-11

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

We seem to be hearing a lot today about shortages. Year in, year out, local councils, for example, find they have less money to spend on services which we once thought essential- care of the elderly and the needy, education for the young, even keeping our public spaces neat and tidy. The reason, we are told, is that there is a shortage of money in our rich country.

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Sunday Bulletin 3 February 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 February 2019: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s Church

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact Details from Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS Peter will shortly be running a series of classes for those interested in learning about the Christian faith. Why not invite a friend who might be curious? If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR would like to extend a warm invitation to interested members, adherents or friends to join the church choir. We are a cheery bunch of amateurs who enjoy getting together every Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to practise the hymns for the coming Sunday and to prepare two other short pieces for the service. Our Choir Director, Pam McCulloch, and accompanist Alyn Ross share their enthusiasm and infectious fun with us all. Do come along and join us, as we seek to support and enhance the weekly worship at St Stephen’s. For further information, please contact Pam.  All voices welcome, particularly gentlemen!

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service.  We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 6 February. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

CHURCH PARTY! KEEP THE DATE The St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. More information and tickets (free – for catering numbers only) soon. Katharina Nimmo.

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS on Sunday 3 March. Meet St Stephen’s Car park at 1.30pm, or Aldourie Castle car park at 2pm. Low level walk with various lengths of walk. Cuppa after at the Lochardil House Hotel at 3.30pm. Tea/Coffee Scone and shortbread £4.50. All welcome for walk or cuppa. Speak to Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for queries.

WORD FOR TODAY The latest free daily readings guide is now in the vestibules of both churches. Contact Ruth Martin.

KIRK SESSION The date of the next Session meeting has had to be changed to Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session Clerk.

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

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (10 February) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.

BIKE HIRE AND CARSHARE SCHEME SURVEY Inverness has a Bike and Go bike-share scheme based at the train station, and an Enterprise Car Club with vehicles parked in various locations in the city centre. These schemes provide easy access to a car and a bike when you need them, without the hassles that come with owning them. The project is being run by Impact Hub Inverness and CoMoUK, and they want to find out what people think of these schemes, and if there are any barriers to joining. Residents are being asked to share their views through https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Traveldifferently. If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Impact Hub Inverness inverness<at>impacthub.net

ARGENTINE TANGO HIGHLAND A new club is starting on Friday evenings in St Stephen’s Hall from 8-9pm for those interested in learning tango dancing. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn tango or who wants to return to dancing. No partner is necessary.

The Greatest of These: sermon for 3 February 2019 (Epiphany 4)

Scripture Readings:

1 Corinthians 12.31-13.13

John 15.5-17

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

‘Love’, which is a word we use quite a lot in Church. And it’s a word we use quite a lot outside of Church as well. But it can be a confusing word, because it our English word, ‘love’ has a range of different meanings. And the words the Bible use for love have particular meanings. But love is central to Christianity, and essential to the life of the Church. ‘Love your neighbour’ and ‘love one another’ are two of the most important commandments which Christ gives his followers. So we need to know what we mean by ‘love’.

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