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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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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

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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”.

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Sunday Bulletin 3 February 2019

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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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Sunday Bulletin 27 January 2019

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Sunday 3 February 2019: Fourth 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 the Church Administrator

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today (27 January). All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

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 We 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!

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville.

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.

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@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

CALMAN TRUST is a young people’s service based in the Highlands that offers housing support, training, employment opportunities, cooking services and general support to young people looking to get on the road to independent living. They are running a 10-week Life Skills programme for young people aged 16-18 to help them to live more independently. For all ages, they also offer a ‘cooking on a budget’ course. These groups are fun and relaxed. The next groups start later in January and there are some spaces available. Contact Liz or Gillian.

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.

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. For further information contact Argentine Tango Highland. ccent

A Sign for Our Times: a sermon on the Wedding at Cana, 20 January 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

John 2:1-11

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

The key to the story of the miracle at the wedding of Cana is, I believe, in the very last sentence of the story. It reads:

Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

But the Good News translation is not quite so helpful here. The word ‘miracle’ is better translated as ‘sign’, as another translation puts it:

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.[1]

For a miracle is always a sign of something- a sign that something deeper is going on. In John’s Gospel, the miracles of Jesus play a slightly different role than in the other Gospels. They are a bit like direction signs- they point to something beyond themselves. The signs in John’s Gospel point to the glory of Jesus, and the power and love of God which he is bringing into the world, they are signs of the rule of God breaking into ordinary life. Not everyone will understand the signs. But for those who will see, these signs help us to see who Jesus really is.

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Sunday Bulletin 20 January 2019

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Sunday 27 January 2019: Third Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by Stewart Robertson

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from the Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. 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 We 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

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 23 January. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday (27 January). All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES The peeling, stirring and cooking has now been completed. A big thank you to the 12 members and friends who gave up their time to help with the project. Over 200 mince and potatoes meals have been provided by our congregation and it’s great to know that this will make a real difference to families in need at this time. Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville.

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

OTHER NEWS

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer this evening at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby.

Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia are holding a training in technology event on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 2pm at the Inverness Dementia Resource Centre, Strothers Lane. Do you need more confidence around technology? Perhaps you have an iPad or tablet but are unsure how to use it, or get a bit lost navigating the internet. Alzheimer Scotland are looking to host classes about confident use of technology in 2019 and need your help understanding what topics to cover. Come along to have a chat about what you’d like to learn about. More information please from Karen Black.

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.

CALMAN TRUST is a young people’s service based in the Highlands that offers housing support, training, employment opportunities, cooking services and general support to young people looking to get on the road to independent living. They are running a 10-week Life Skills programme for young people aged 16-18 to help them to live more independently. For all ages, they also offer a ‘cooking on a budget’ course. These groups are fun and relaxed. The next groups start later in January and there are some spaces available. Contact Liz or Gillian for more information. 3 Accent

Sunday Bulletin 13 January 2019

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Sunday 20 January 2019: Second Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

Details from Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. 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.

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.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will resume this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, when we will agree the choice of reading material for the coming couple of months. A fresh start in a New Year, with space for new members to join in. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

THE HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 27 January. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES The peeling, stirring and cooking has now been completed. A big thank you to the 12 members and friends who gave up their time to help with the project. Over 200 mince and potatoes meals have been provided by our congregation and it’s great to know that this will make a real difference to families in need at this time. Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville.

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

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer on Sunday 20 January at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby.

Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia are holding a training in technology event on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 2pm at the Inverness Dementia Resource Centre, Strothers Lane. Do you need more confidence around technology? Perhaps you have an iPad or tablet but are unsure how to use it, or get a bit lost navigating the internet. Alzheimer Scotland are looking to host classes about confident use of technology in 2019 and need your help understanding what topics to cover. Come along to have a chat about what you’d like to learn about. More information please from Karen Black.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY 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.

By water and the Spirit: sermon for the Baptism of Christ, 13 January 2019

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43.1-7

Luke 3:15-22

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

I well remember the day I graduated from Glasgow Uni. For once, I didn’t go the Uni in jeans and a sweatshirt- I had an academic gown to wear. There was lunch in the University dining room with my parents, and a meaningful chapel service, before we went to the Victorian splendour of the Bute Hall for the graduation ceremony itself. Military and police passing out parades, even the school end-of-term prize-giving is the same sort of thing. Such events leave us with no doubt that something important is happening. Perhaps we look back a bit and remember the times we had. But mostly it’s about looking forward, to more responsibilities, a career ahead. It is an end, and also a beginning.

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