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What must we do? Sermon for Sunday 14 October Proper 23

Our text from the Letter to the Hebrews today begins with a vivid image:

The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together.

A sharp sword was the deadliest weapon of ancient times- the Kalashnikov of the Roman era. So this image is like something from a very bloody battle- or a very graphic horror film. A sword that cuts through flesh, joints and marrow is an unsettling thought. And it is used to describe the word of God.

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Sunday Bulletin 14 October 2018

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Sunday 21 October 2018 Proper 24
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Vivian Roden, Reader
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY from 18 to 30 October inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or Rev Andrew Lyon
HARVEST THANKSGIVING Thank you to everyone for their donation of flowers, plants and food for the Foodbank. Thanks also to everyone who delivered gifts: they were much appreciated by our members especially those who are housebound.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sundays 21 October and 4 November. On the next occasion we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yansey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 October. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Katy Bell studied Cello in London and the US and is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in Inverness. Alice Durrant studied Double Bass in London and Sydney and now plays with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. This is a special opportunity to hear these instruments as a Duo, performed by friends who have known each other since early childhood. Details from Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas. Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets are available, with all the necessary instructions at the Church door. Bring your box back to Church or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Further information from Jaye Rankine robrankine125<at>btinternet.com
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
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 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo; Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Monday 22 October at 7pm (enter by School Lane). Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OTHER NEWS
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
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.

Funeral Announcement – Mr Derek Moffat

Mr Derek Moffat, Darnaway Road, Inverness, died on 4 October 2018.

Mr Moffat’s funeral will be held on Monday 15 October 2018 at 1pm at John Fraser & Son Service Room, 17-19 Chapel Street, Inverness IV1 1NA.

Further details from the Funeral Director (01463) 233366 

Sunday Bulletin for 7 October 2018

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Sunday 14 October 2018 Proper 23

10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Sunday Bulletin 30 September 2018

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Sunday 7 October 2018: Harvest Thanksgiving
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Christian Aid: please give generously
HARVEST THANKSGIVING on Sunday 7 October. Once again we will be asking for donations for the Highland Foodbank – Oatcakes/Crackers, Tins of Ham/Peas/Carrots, Packets of Rice, Cartons of Longlife Juice, Sanitary Products. If you need more information, please contact our Foodbank link person, Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open on Friday 5 October from 2pm – 4pm to decorate the church for Harvest. If you wish to make a donation of flowers, pot plants or the foodbank they can be dropped off at that time: contact Sally McCubbin.
OHSS AUTUMN OUTING CAWDOR WOODS this afternoon. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm, or Cawdor Castle Car Park 2.30pm (no entrance fee). Low level walk with several loops. Afternoon tea after at The Cawdor Tavern in the Bar, 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net or Jennifer Morrison for more information or transport.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo (01463 250802); Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
AUTUMN MAGAZINE 2018 The magazine will be in both churches this Sunday for distributors to uplift. Jennifer Morrison
OLD HIGH MUSIC next recital 12 noon, Saturday 6 October: Musick Fyne Singers and Coronach Instrumentalists are performing a programme of Renaissance music. These local musicians have indeed established a fine reputation for their interpretation of early music, under the direction of James Ross. For more details and advance information on future events join our music emailing list ohssmusic<at>gmail.com. Andrew Stevenson
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Summer Opening programme ends on Friday 28 September. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the rota and welcomed both local people and tourists from around the world into our Church. During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
TREASURER Following the resignation of Sandy Cumming, after several years of service, at the end of September, we are pleased to announce that Ken Cantlay will be taking over as our Church Treasurer. More from our Session Clerk, Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
CAMERON HOUSE The annual fundraising Afternoon Tea raised £2,045. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
NINA WALLIS LEGACY The Kirk Session has decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for specific projects, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are invited to send any ideas either to the church administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail or be handed to the Minister or our Session Clerks.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
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. 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
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 6 October 2018 from10am at the Free North Church Hall. Tickets £3 from Ruth Martin Rosa McDermid, Chrissie Lacey or at the door.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (7 October) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
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.

October 2018 Month of Sundays

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Sunday Bulletin 23 September 2018

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Sunday 30 September 2018: Proper 21
10:00am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
ADVANCE NOTICE: HARVEST THANKSGIVING on Sunday 7 October. Once again we will be asking for donations for the Highland Foodbank- details of the food required will be in next Sunday’s bulletin. If you need more information now, please contact our Foodbank link person, Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP has resumed and are exploring “Vanishing Grace” by Philip Yancey- challenging why many people no longer feel that the Church is bringing Good News to the world. The next meeting is this evening at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Details: Andrew Stevenson
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday 30 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Christian Aid: please give generously. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
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
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 26 September. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer
MEET & EAT There will be a Church lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 27 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. All very welcome. To book your place or to arrange transport please contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
OHSS AUTUMN OUTING CAWDOR WOODS on Sunday 30 September. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm, or Cawdor Castle Car Park 2.30pm (no entrance fee). Low level walk with several loops. Afternoon tea after at The Cawdor Tavern in the Bar, 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net or Jennifer Morrison for more information or transport.
OLD HIGH MUSIC next recital 12 noon, Saturday 6 October: Musick Fyne Singers and Coronach Instrumentalists are performing a programme of Renaissance music. These local musicians have indeed established a fine reputation for their interpretation of early music, under the direction of James Ross. For more details and advance information on future events join our music emailing list ohssmusic<at>gmail.com. Andrew Stevenson
LEPROSY COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 6 October in the Free North Church Hall from 10.30am. Donations for stalls gratefully received. Contact Florence Monro
NINA WALLIS LEGACY The Kirk Session has decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for specific projects, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are invited to send any ideas either to the church administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail or be handed to the Minister or our Session Clerks.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo; Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
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. 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
GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR concert, St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Inverness today at 2.30pm to raise funds for Marie Curie. Tickets £10.
HOST UK Christmas with a difference! Can you make room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Would you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another countries traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period. We need more hosts so that a smile can spread across many more faces. Contact Melanie Bennet www.hostuk.org

Welcome the children: sermon for Sunday 23 September 2018: Proper 20 Year B

Scripture Readings: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

Mark 9:30-37

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

This morning at the Old High Church we are celebrating the baptism of Johnny Baird. It’s always great to have a service at which the child is the centre of attention. For lots of different reasons, we are seeing fewer children in our churches nowadays, and I think that’s a great pity. Children ought to be the centre of the church’s attention more often. After all, in today’s Gospel reading, a child becomes the centre of attention, because Jesus puts him or her there.

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Wisdom’s Call: sermon for 16 September 2018 (Proper 19, Year B, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 1:20-33

Mark 8:31-38

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

I read about a survey this week that claimed that men aged between 18 and 34 are so concerned about how they look, they spend two hours a week thinking about what they are going to wear[1]. Once, we gents used to complain that the ladies were keeping us late because they took so long to get ready. Perhaps now the roles are reversed!

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A healing community: sermon for the Kirking of the Council, Sunday 9 September 2018

Scripture Readings: Psalm 146

Mark 2.1-12

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

There is a bit of a hubbub in the lakeside Galilean town of Capernaum. News has got around about a young rabbi from the nearby town of Nazareth, whose preaching and teaching is sincere and heartfelt, and who has also got a reputation for healing miracles. He’s been in Capernaum already, then went on a preaching tour around the local synagogues; now he is making a return visit. This was an age and a place when people had an entirely different attitude from us to personal space and public space. You left your door open as an invitation to anyone to wander in. In a small, humble house, there would be no entrance hall- from the street, you stepped directly into the family’s living quarters.

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