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Sunday Bulletin 20 May 2018

Next Sunday: 27 May 2018: Trinity Sunday

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s led by the Rev Doug McRoberts

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High Church led by the Minister

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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 27 May. 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.

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP meets tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. To mark the celebration of Pentecost, we shall read the chapter entitled “Life in the Spirit” in Rowan Williams’ book. More details from Andrew Stevenson

CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Architect Alan Marshall will present his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am until 12.30 pm, in the Old high Church: Do come along and hear his ideas! Contact: Jim Alexander.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a congregational service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High). We will be looking back on 2017, with reports from our Treasurer and Session Clerk. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts are now available via our website at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/05/17/annual-accounts-2017/. For a paper copy, please conact us. More details from Christine MacKenzie.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to him. The deadline is Friday 15th June.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Mince/Stew, Cartons of UHT Milk, and Sugar. Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie

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

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Volunteers meeting on Tuesday 22 May at 2pm in the Old High Church to finalise arrangements for the Summer Opening. New Volunteers welcome. More information from Sheila MacLeod.

OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. More details from Andrew Stevenson

OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.

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.

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

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).

OTHER NEWS

CATHEDRAL BOYS CHOIR FROM AUGSBURG at Inverness Town House on Friday 25 May 2018 at 7.30pm: Augsburg Domsingkaben. The choir music of the early Viennese classical school and the vocal work of J S Bach BBC Music Magazine Award winners. Tickets £5.

The Great Reversal: a sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 1 October 2017

Scripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15

Matthew 20:1-16

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

Two stories. The first, from a man who makes his living growing our food.

frank-zulu-pigeon-pea-field-thumbFor Frank Zulu of Chithumbwi village, Malawi, abundant life is in part denied because the rain is no longer reliable. He says: ‘Sometimes it rains heavily and washes seeds away and then it suddenly stops; sometimes it rains very late so our seeds die in the ground; sometimes it doesn’t rain at all.’
The consequences for the maize harvest, and therefore communities, is devastating. Frank says: ‘In Malawi, when we say somebody is hungry, we mean they don’t have maize. When the maize is not in harvest or there are shortages, people starve.’
With support from Christian Aid partner Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Frank has diversified his crops to include sweet potatoes and pigeon peas, which are better able to survive low rainfalls… However, even with a successful harvest of pigeon peas, the poor market prices for individual farmers prevent Frank and his family from getting a good price for his crops…
Frank and his community [often experiences corruption] at the farm gate where he sells the pigeon pea crop to traders. Often, these middlemen use illegal buying scales and exploit individual farmers. These ruthless tactics have the effect of driving prices right down. For Frank, this is a disaster: ‘Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children’.[1]

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Be grateful! A sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 4 October 2015

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 4 October 2015: Harvest Thanksgiving
SERMON
Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 26.1-11
Luke 4:1-4
Sermon
Be grateful!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I’m about to become an Interim Moderator. That’s where another minister is put in charge of the Kirk Session for a parish where they have no minister at the moment. The Rev Jan Matheson, currently minister of the linked parishes of Cawdor and Croy, is moving to a parish in Glasgow. Jan is a good colleague, and we will miss her in Inverness Presbytery.

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Why we support Highland Foodbank

At the Kirking of the Council on Sunday 8th September, we heard from Lorna Dempster of Highland Foodbank. We will be collecting food for them at our Harvest Thanskgiving services on 20 September. We also collect food Sunday by Sunday.
Here’s what Lorna had to say:

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