Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Funeral: Mrs Joan MacGillivray

Mrs Joan MacGillivray of 13 Douglas Row died on 25 March 2019.

Mrs MacGillivray’s funeral will be held at on Friday 29 March at 3pm.

The Funeral Director is WT Fraser is (telephone 01463 243232).

Rushing to judgement? Sermon for Lent 3, 24 Mqrch 2019

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55.1-9

Luke 13.1-9

Rushing to judgement?

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

‘What have I done to deserve this?’- words I’m sure we have all cried at some point in our lives. Yet most people when they say that today don’t really mean it. Most people don’t believe that there is a God who will punish us for doing wrong. But as people are more aware today of other religions, the idea is creeping back. You hear people say, ‘Don’t do that, that’s bad karma’, which is a word folks have picked up from Buddhism and which they probably don’t really understand. It’s a kind of half belief in a malevolent fate which brings bad things in its wake for those who do wrong. But few are really quaking in terror at the thought that there might be divine punishment for being bad.

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Sunday Bulletin 24 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 March 2019: Fourth Sunday in Lent

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Sunday Bulletin 17 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 24 March 2019: Third Sunday in Lent

10am    Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, will be offering a Lent Study and discussion on Sunday nights in Lent. We live in an age of uncertainty, where many fear for the future. Brexit, the rise far right politics, climate change, and much more, are causes of concern for many people. The prophets on the Old Testament spoke to people in their times of uncertainty – what can we learn from them that would help us to have hope today and in the years to come. Can we have a faith for the future? Sunday evenings, starting on this evening, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.

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

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 March. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the months of February and March they would welcome donations of tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes, small sizes of washing powder and small sizes of washing up liquid. they are particularly short of those items. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Come and help collect for Christian Aid. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you want to find out more. All help welcome.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall. There will be the usual plant stall for which contributions will be welcome. Contact Jennifer Morrison for further information.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Once again we are appealing to the congregation to help us open the Old High to visitors this summer. Last year we had a over 6,500 visitors, many of them from around the world. However we are finding that more and more local people are taking the chance to visit the building. We have had hundreds of prayer tags put on the Prayer Tree, so it’s obvious we are meeting a real spiritual need for a quiet space in our busy city centre. Please do consider giving a few hours to be part of this fantastic outreach by our congregation. All our volunteers report that it is fascinating, enjoyable, and fulfilling to meet our visitors. If you would like to know more, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod.

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

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

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

RECORDINGS OF SERVICES If you or someone you know can’t get to church, we have recordings of our services available on CDs or USB sticks (which lets you listen on your computer). Please contact Pat, our Church Administrator, for more information.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Brochures are at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the Music Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Our Church Administrator is going on holiday. Please send items for Sunday Bulletins 24 March and 31 March to her by Monday 18 March at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com

OTHER NEWS

THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY SINGERS from Lexington, Virginia, USA, will perform at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 7pm. Concert repertoire includes Irish and Scottish selections, American Folk Hymns, and Spirituals. Free entrance. For information and seat reservation please e-mail performancesbooking<at>gmail.com.

THE COLUMBA EXPERIENCE is an 8-day pilgrimage through Argyll, where a group of 18-25 year old pilgrims learn the legacy of Christian pioneers, explore faith and create community. Organised by the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of Argyll Youth Team. Experienced youth workers lead each pilgrimage, and accommodation along the way is provided by churches and Christian groups. People taking part can come from any faith background or none – all are welcome. We try to keep the costs of this as low as possible, and this year we are asking for a contribution of £35 from each participant. If money would be the only reason you couldn’t take part, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. The deadline for application forms is Friday 10 May 2019. Contact Kenny Wilson: kwilson@churchofscotland.org.uk More at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2018/young_people_to_follow_in_the_footsteps_of_st_columba

INK CARTRIDGES RECYCLING If you have individual or accumulated old ink cartridges they can be recycled by putting them in a free post envelope from Currys/PC World. A small supply of these envelopes are available in St Stephen’s front door vestibule. David Martin.

More at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2019/take_up_the_challenge_to_tackle_climate_change_this_lent

Straining a gnat? Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, 10 March 2019

Scripture Readings: Philippians 3:17-4:4

            Luke 13:31-35

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

The Pharisees, generally speaking, get a bad name in the New Testament. Again and again, we hear of Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees. Perhaps it was because that in some ways, they were quite alike. Both Jesus and the Pharisees called people to stick to God’s ways in a world dominated by the pagan rulers of Rome.

But Jesus thought that the Pharisees went too far. They took the commandments of God and turned them into nit-picking rules, and he thought they were hypocrites into the bargain.

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Sunday Bulletin 10 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 March 2019: Second Sunday in Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

A WARM WELCOME TO TODAY’S SPECIAL SERVICE FOCUSSING ON FAITH AND SCIENCE. We are delighted to welcome as a guest preacher Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology (SRT) Project, who is in Inverness for a Presbytery Conference yesterday. The SRT Project is part of the Church and Society Council of the General Assembly, of which our Minister is a member. Dr Macdonald graduated B.Sc. in Genetics at the University of Glasgow, and gained his PhD in molecular biology from the University of St Andrews. He spent 20 years involved in postdoctoral research in various institutions. For more than half of that time he was engaged in research on leprosy in a number of countries, including India, Ethiopia and Nepal. His work in this area has been published extensively. Please stay after the service for coffee and a chance to chat to Murdo. Explore the SRT website: www.srtp.org.uk.
LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, will be offering a Lent Study and discussion on Sunday nights in Lent. We live in an age of uncertainty, where many fear for the future. Brexit, the rise far right politics, climate change, and much more, are causes of concern for many people. The prophets on the Old Testament spoke to people in their times of uncertainty – what can we learn from them that would help us to have hope today and in the years to come. Can we have a faith for the future? Sunday evenings, starting on the Second Sunday of Lent, 17 March, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at 7pm and consider the themes of Retirement and Vocation from Sam Wells’ book. Thereafter the group will be participating in the Lent Study Group and will resume its meetings after Easter. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
E NEWS We have just sent out another email news sheet to members and others interested. If you would like to receive this and future Enews bulletins, please contact Pat at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com .
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Brochures are at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the Music Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline is Friday 15 March.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the months of February and March they would welcome donations of tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes, small sizes of washing powder and small sizes of washing up liquid. they are particularly short of those items. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.
MEMORIAL MEETING FOR THE LATE ESTHER NICHOLSON Our friend Esther was also a regular attender at the Inverness Quaker Meeting, who are holding a memorial meeting for her at L’Arche, 13 Drummond Crescent, on Saturday 16 March at 2pm, with refreshments to follow. All of us who were friends of Esther, and who sadly did not get the chance to pay our respects previously, are invited. The meeting will be in the L’Arche workshop at the back of the main house. More details from Peter.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Come and help collect for Chriistian Aid. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you want to find out more. All help welcome.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall. There will be the usual plant stall for which contributions will be welcome. Contact Jennifer Morrison for further information.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Once again we are appealing to the congregation to help us open the Old High to visitors this summer. Last year we had a over 6,500 visitors, many of them from around the world. However we are finding that more and more local people are taking the chance to visit the building. We have had hundreds of prayer tags put on the Prayer Tree, so it’s obvious we are meeting a real spiritual need for a quiet space in our busy city centre. Please do consider giving a few hours to be part of this fantastic outreach by our congregation. All our volunteers report that it is fascinating, enjoyable, and fulfilling to meet our visitors. If you would like to know more, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod.
WORD FOR TODAY The latest free daily readings guide is now in the vestibules of both churches. Contact Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are available at church doors. Rae Swan.
TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.
RECORDINGS OF SERVICES If you or someone you know can’t get to church, we have recordings of our services available on CDs or USB sticks (which lets you listen on your computer). Please contact Pat, our Church Administrator, for more information.
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
JUST TRANSITION: MOVING FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE Eco-Congregation Scotland are hosting an opportunity to discuss how we move from our dependence on fossil fuels to a low-carbon future. What would that mean for what does it mean for you, for the Church and for Scotland? Main speaker: Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer. Wednesday 13th March 2019, 2pm, Ness Bank Church. All welcome. Contact: David Bethune coordinator<at>ecocongregationscotland.org
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (10 March) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
MIKEYSLINE Margaret Young is selling copies of a Scottish place-names quiz (£1 per copy) in aid of the Inverness Singers’ nominated charity which this year is Mikeysline. To buy a sheet contact Margaret in Church. Completed sheets should be returned to her by 27 March or by e-mail. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. Correct answers will be sent on request, either on receipt of an SAE or by e-mail. The winner will be announced at The Inverness Singers’ spring concert, on Wednesday, 3 April.
TALK BY CHLOE SAYER on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Smithton Free Church at 2pmon “The Golden Age of Mexican Painting” relating to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. An Arts Society- Highland event non-members welcome; suggested donation £8. This follows an exhibition last year at the V&A London on Frida Kahlo. Contact: David Martin.
INK CARTRIDGES RECYCLING If you have individual or accumulated old ink cartridges they can be recycled by putting them in a free post envelope from Currys/PC World. A small supply of these envelopes are available in St Stephen’s front door vestibule. David Martin.

Sunday Bulletin 3 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 March 2019: First Sunday in Lent

11.15am ‘Faith and Science’: Congregational Service at the Old High Church, Special service with guest preacher Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology (SRT) Project

Who says that the church and science don’t mix? Technology has brought many great benefits to society, which we often take for granted, but it can also pose big ethical dilemmas – not just unexpected risks and side-effects, but unintended social consequences and even changes in our moral outlook. The SRT Project was set up by the Church of Scotland in 1970 to examine some of these vital issues.

Coffee afterwards for more discussion and questions

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

SCIENCE AND FAITH CONFERENCE Saturday 9 March at Inshes Church, 9.30am for 10am. The Presbytery conference is open to all with an invitation to the congregation to come along. The Programme features Rev Doug MacRoberts (Producer – The God Dimension) and Dr Murdo Macdonald (Science, Religion & Technology Project). The morning includes an exhibition on Creation, seen through the twin lenses of science and faith, a keynote presentation from Doug featuring The God Dimension (free video copies available), a session on practical projects and ideas from SRT’s Project Officer, and a short act of worship.

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, 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 Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, will be offering a Lent Study and discussion on Sunday nights in Lent. We live in an age of uncertainty, where many fear for the future. Brexit, the rise far right politics, climate change, and much more, are causes of concern for many people. The prophets on the Old Testament spoke to people in their times of uncertainty – what can we learn from them that would help us to have hope today and in the years to come. Can we have a faith for the future? Sunday evenings, starting on the Second Sunday of Lent, 17 March, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.

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

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS this afternoon. 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. Contacts: Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison.

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

OLD HIGH MUSIC .Brochures at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the months of February and March they would welcome donations of tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes, small sizes of washing powder and small sizes of washing up liquid. they are particularly short of those items. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR THE LATE ESTHER NICHOLSON Our friend Esther was also a regular attender at the Inverness Quaker Meeting, who are holding a memorial meeting for her at L’Arche, 13 Drummond Crescent, on Saturday 16 March at 2pm, with refreshments to follow. All of us who were friends of Esther, and who sadly did not get the chance to pay our respects previously, are invited. The meeting will be in the L’Arche workshop at the back of the main house. More details from Peter.

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

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are 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

AT ONE WITH MUSIC on Friday 10 March at 1pm will be in the Old High Church – rather than its usual venue at the Spectum Centre. Monika Palsauskaite will perform a selection from Olivier Messiaen’s “Contemplations on the Child Jesus” on the piano. Donations of £7.50 at the door. Details Andrew Stevenson .

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

MIKEYSLINE Margaret Young is selling copies of a Scottish place-names quiz (£1 per copy) in aid of the Inverness Singers’ nominated charity which this year is Mikeysline. To buy a sheet contact Margaret in Churchor by e-mail. Completed sheets should be returned to Margaret by 27 March  or by e-mail. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. The correct answers will be sent to anyone requesting them, either on receipt of an SAE or by e-mail. The winner will be announced at The Inverness Singers’ spring concert, on Wednesday, 3 April at. NB Rae Swan or Val Cantlay now have ten copies of the quiz. If they run out please contact Margaret Young.(details above).

INK CARTRIDGES RECYCLING If you have individual or accumulated old ink cartridges they can be recycled by putting them in a free post envelope from Currys/PC World. A small supply of these envelopes are available in St Stephen’s front door vestibule. David Martin.

THISTLE TONES ladies singing group, are holding a coffee morning with music in aid of Blythswood Care at the Town House on Saturday 2 March 10am to12 noon. Tickets £5 adults and £3 seniors. It would be useful, but not essential, to know numbers in advance for catering. Contact Fiona Kelly for tickets

Light, darkness… and shade: Sermon for Transfiguration, 3 March 2019

Scripture Readings: Exodus 24:12-18

Luke 9.28-43a

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

Nowadays, we quite often say that fanatical fans of pop stars, sports stars or other celebrities ‘idolise’ their heroes, and we often speak of such famous people as ‘idols’. We mean nothing especially pejorative about the term- when we say that some sportsman or pop star is an ‘idol’ to his fans, that’s a fairly morally neutral term in today’s culture.

But the word idols has its roots in the Bible, and where it very much has negative overtones. Near the top of the list in the Ten Commandments God gave Moses as a way to create a just society, God said that they should not worship any idols. And the Old Testament prophets of Israel spent a lot of time talking about idols, warning against false gods which people often worshipped.

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A Month of Sundays – March 2019

You can download the March Month of Sundays here

Old High Music 2019 Season Programme

You can download the Old High Music 2019 Season Programme here.

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