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Sunday Bulletin 9 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 16 December 2018 : The Third Sunday of Advent

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

For contact details contact the Church Administrator

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

EMAIL NEWSLETTER This week we sent out the first of an occasional newssheet to those of you who have provided us with e-mail addresses. If you would like to receive the newsletter, and any future ones, and you have not already done so, please send your e-mail address to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL Today (9 December) Iwill be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinianhandcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmaspresent. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wageearners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income.Details at www.hadeel.org 

OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to uplift next Sunday (16 December). Jennifer Morrison

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP the meeting on 9December has been postponed until 16 December, when we shall discuss the final 2 chapters of Philip Yansey’s book. Andrew Stevenson

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN OF ALL AGES A congregation-led serviceat St Stephen’s on Monday 24 December 2018 at 6.30 pm. Do come along and bring family and friends for a short, informal service with carols, lessons and simple activities for the children. We would be very grateful if you could lend us some ‘props’ for the evening, eg toy sheep, donkeys, stars, angels etc. Contact Malcolm Stevens (230882) or Andrew Stevenson for information. We will also have our usual All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day: bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us!

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and 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

GIVINGTREES are now at both churches, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadlymay not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:

WORSHIP TIMES Please note there was a misprint last week in Month of Sundays, our lists of services for December. Our services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day are at 10.30am. You can download the Month of Sundays from our website.

St Stephen’s Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are given to me no later than Friday 14 December. Further details Cliff Sim (225481).

Old High (in the East Corridor). We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (9 December) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin (232 457).

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 (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

REASONS FORHOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar today (9 December) at CulduthelChristian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing ourfaith at Christmas. Two AfternoonSeminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod).  Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfectgift’ (Andy Bannister). To bookcontact Jenny Sinclair or online at culduthelchristiancentre.churchsuite.co.uk.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on 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 vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Signs of the times: sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent 2018

Scripture readings: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36

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

In our culture, we expect this build-up to Christmas to be a busy time of preparation, a mad rush of shopping, preparing food, putting up decorations, getting ready for family visits, enjoying the office party and the works night out. And we clergy are as bad as everyone else, and everyone else knows it, which is why we are so often greeted with ‘This will be your busy time of year’.

For many folk, the pre-Christmas season is very enjoyable- choosing presents for loved ones, baking special Advent and Christmas food, putting up a Christmas tree, enjoying a works night out. But for some it is not so easy. For some people, this is the time they get into debt. There are parents worried about how they can afford to give children the Christmas they deserve. For those who are lonely, or anxious, or bereaved, this enforced jollity can be a bit much.

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Christmas and New Year Services

Our Programme of Services for Christmas and New Year 2018 can be downloaded here

Sunday Bulletin 2 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 December 2018: Second Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Contact Details from our Church Administrator.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL Today and next Sunday (9 December) I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott
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
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie
GIVING TREES are now at both churches, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:
St Stephen’s-Today:. Please choose a label from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them NEXT WEEK for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Info from Cliff Sim.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from TODAY. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA today. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
WORSHIP TIMES Please note there was a misprint last week in Month of Sundays, our lists of services for December. Our services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day are at 10.30am. You can download the Month of Sundays from our website.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 5 December. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (9 December) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
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 (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
THE INVERNESS SINGERS present CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church. Programme of of well-loved Christmas songs and congregational carols. Donations to Mikeysline. Parking in the Crown School playground. Admission by programme (adults £8, children/students £4) from the Music Shop, Church Street, Ken and Margaret Young and at the door.
REASONS FOR HOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar on Sunday 9 December at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing our faith at Christmas. Two Afternoon Seminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod). Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfect gift’ (Andy Bannister). To book contact Jenny Sinclair or online at culduthelchristiancentre.churchsuite.co.uk.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on 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 xvocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

The time is coming… Sermon for The First Sunday of Advent 2018

Scripture Readings:

Jeremiah 33:14-18

Luke 3.1-20

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

We may be governed currently by people who think that experts aren’t important, but I love to listen to an expert who knows his stuff and can explain it to the rest of us- whether it’s David Attenborough on wildlife or Brian Cox on astronomy, or Neil Oliver on history. And I do love Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 show, In Our Time, with the best people in their field (there was an excellent one on Dietrich Bonhoeffer recently).

A few weeks ago I heard an expert give a fascinating talk.

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Sunday Bulletin 25 November 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 December 2018: First Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact Church Administrator for contact details)
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE Our Communion Service at St Stephen’s today will be a Congregational Service. We will have music from a combined choir (St Stephen’s and Old High) with our Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, playing the organ. All are welcome as we worship together around the Lord’s Table!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 1 December, 12 noon. Organ Recital by Robin Bell will include the following much loved music: Bach’s In dulci jubilo; Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme, Pastoral Symphony amd Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. A number of Scottish compositions including Meditation on Strathcathro and James MacMillan’s Wedding Introit will then be followed by Barber’s ‘Silent Night’ and Walton’s Crown Imperial Coronation March. The audience is warmly invited to remain afterwards for some seasonal refreshments. Andrew Stevenson.
GIVING TREES will be at both churches shortly, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:
St Stephen’s-Today and 2 December. . Please choose a label from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 2 or 9 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Info from Cliff Sim.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from Sunday 2 December. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or from Liz McKimmie.
MEET AND EAT There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 29 November at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. All are welcome. For more details contact Val Cantlay.
Old High St Stephen’s Winter Walk and Afternoon Tea on 2 December. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL On 2 December I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail. Deadline- earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- Friday 30 November.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH A big thank you to everyone who came along and helped in any way at the annual service following the city centre lights switch on. The amount raised for MFR Cash for Kids was £436. Christine MacKenzie.
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 (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
INVITATION TO DORES PARISH CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE today at 3pm to be taken by our Interim Moderator, Rev Scott McRoberts. Come and share with us as we thank God for his provisions and also share a cup of tea or coffee and the history of this beautiful building and Church. Looking forward to welcome you all.
THE INVERNESS SINGERS present CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church. Programme of of well-loved Christmas songs and congregational carols. Donations to Mikeysline. Parking in the Crown School playground. Admission by programme (adults £8, children/students £4) from the Music Shop, Church Street, Ken and Margaret Young and at the door.
REASONS FOR HOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar on Sunday 9 December at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing our faith at Christmas. Two Afternoon Seminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod).  Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfect gift’ (Andy Bannister). To book contact Jenny Sinclair.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on 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
The Books Of The New Testament
Song by Colin Buchanan, from the album Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa (2003)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Acts and Romans
1 and 2 Corinthians
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 and 2 Timothy
Titus Philemon
Hebrews, James then
Peter 1 and 2
1, 2, 3 John
Jude and Revelation
The books of the New Testament are through

What Kind of a King?: sermon for Christ the King, 25 November 2018

Scripture Readings: Psalm 93

John 18.28-38a

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

On this Sunday which is designated as ‘Christ the King’, perhaps the first thing we should admit is that Jesus nowhere in the Gospels referred to himself as a King. But the word ‘Christ’ in Greek literally means ‘the anointed One’[1]– and as kings are anointed, that implies that Christ is a king of some sort. According to Matthew’s Gospel, when Jesus was born, the wise men from the East came to King Herod looking for a king, and were told to look for him in Bethlehem. Afterwards, King Herod tried to murder the baby king, leading to a slaughter of innocents[2]. And today’s Gospel reading, from near the end of Jesus’ life, puts him once again in front of a secular ruler in Jerusalem, with his life at stake.

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Sunday Bulletin 18 November 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tonight
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High-
family carol service celebrating
the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch on
at the Old High Church
Sunday 25 November 2018: Proper 28
10:00am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
No Service at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place this evening at the Old High at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas- All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support. Details from Peter.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, this Wednesday 21 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
OHSS CHRISTMAS FAYRE this Saturday 24 November in St Stephen’s hall from 10-12. £3 entry includes refreshments. Donations will be gratefully received on Friday evening 7.30-8.30 pm. Please give generously with baking, gifts and raffles. Please come along to enjoy coffee/tea/mince pie/shortbread and of course the camaraderie. Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE Our Communion Service at St Stephen’s on 25 November at 10am will be a Congregational Service. We will have music from a combined choir (St Stephen’s and Old High) with our Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, playing the organ. All welcome as we worship together at what should be a very special service!
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP No meeting on 18 November on account of the service at the Old High, but the group will meet again at 7pm on Sunday 25 November in St Stephen’s vestry to consider Chapters 8 and 9 of “Vanishing Grace”. Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The final event in 2018 is an organ recital on Saturday 1 December, 12 noon. As in previous years, we decided that it would offer a special moment of preparation for Advent if we invited someone to perform some of the great organ music written for that time in the Christian Year. So Bach-lovers will enjoy listening to Robin Bell, Music Teacher and Organist of another Father Henry Willis instrument at St Leonard’s School, St Andrews. Seasonal refreshments to follow. Andrew Stevenson.
GIVING TREES will be at both churches shortly, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!
St Stephen’s – 25 November (Congregational Service) and 2 December.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from Sunday 2 December. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or from Liz McKimmie.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHENS WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA on 2 December. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL On 2 December I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH & COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING A big thank you to everyone who supported the Church Opening Programme this year by participating in the rota and by praying for the Volunteers and Visitors. We welcomed over 6,500 people into the church. They came from all corners of the world and an increasing number of local people came through the doors. Sheila MacLeod.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail. Deadline- earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- Friday 30 November.
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
NHS HIGHLAND BEREAVEMENT SERVICE STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE 22 NOVEMBER 2018 at Smithton Free Church, Murray Road, Inverness IV2 7YU from 1030 am to 3.30m. Claire McCall (Bereavement Office) Lesley Gray (Chief Registrar) and Ellie Wolf (Café 42) and Grief Matters Highland will attend. Tea & Coffee will be available throughout the day, and a light lunch provided. Booking required by Monday 19 November so we can organize catering.
INVITATION TO DORES PARISH CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE on Sunday 25 November at 3pm to be taken by our Interim Moderator, Rev Scott McRoberts. Come and share with us as we thank God for his provisions and also share a cup of tea or coffee and the history of this beautiful building and Church. Looking forward to welcome you all.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on 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 vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk
CROSSREACH Today is CrossReach Sunday, when we give thanks and pray for the work of the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland.
CrossReach offers loving care to people of all ages who are in need of a helping hand, and supports them in living life to the full, whatever their circumstances. CrossReach has been at the forefront of high quality social care and has worked hard to understand the needs of the people who turn to them for help. The Church of Scotland’s Social Care Council is accountable for the work of CrossReach, as it represents the social care mission of the Church. It is guided and motivated by a Christian ethos of love, compassion and care for all.
With advancements in knowledge, research and resources, CrossReach has continued to provide support for those in need. In focusing on the needs of the individual, it provides innovative and effective ways to support others.
The CrossReach services in Inverness Presbytery are:
Cameron House, Inverness: A purpose-built residential care home catering for 30 older people with dementia. The Rev Alastair Younger is chaplain at Cameron House, and Val Cantlay, Jay Rankine and Rae Swan are part of the Circle of Friends for Cameron House, whose activities include fundraising.
Whinnieknowe Residential Home, Nairn: A homely, relaxing residential care home with 24 en-suite bedrooms and beautiful views.
CrossReach Counselling, Inverness: A confidential counselling service.
Cale House, Inverness: Temporary accommodation and support for adults looking to move into their own tenancies.
Beechwood House, Inverness: A safe and comfortable environment for adults recovering from substance use.
Learn more about CrossReach at www.crossreach.org.uk/
If you would like to help with the Cameron House Circle of Friends, contact Rae Swan.

Sunday Bulletin 11 November 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 November 2018: Proper 28
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
All-age service at the Old High Church
for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place next Sunday, 18 November at the Old High at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas- All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support.Details from Peter.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE Our Communion Service at St Stephen’s on 25 November at 10am will be a Congregational Service. We will have music from a combined choir (St Stephen’s and Old High) with our Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, playing the organ. All welcome as we worship together at what should be a very special service!
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 24 November,10am to 12 noon, St Stephen’s. Coffee/tea and mincemeat pie/shortbread £3. Donations for Gift Stall, (only new items please) Raffles and Baking will be gratefully received. Anyone able to help on the day and/or setting up on Friday evening will be most appreciated- contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The final event in 2018 will be an organ recital on Saturday 1 December at 12 noon. As in previous years, we decided that it would offer a special moment of preparation for Advent if we invited someone to perform some of the great organ music written for that time in the Christian Year. So Bach-lovers will enjoy listening to Robin Bell, who is the Music Teacher and Organist of another Father Henry Willis instrument at St Leonard’s School, St Andrews. Seasonal refreshments will follow. Andrew Stevenson
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline- earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- Friday 30 November.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHENS WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA on 2 December. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday 13 November at 7.30pm at the Old High Hall.
PIANO RECITAL OLD HIGH CHURCH Saturday 17 November, 2.30pm. Local piano teacher Ian McTeer will perform favourite piano repertoire including Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, a Bach Toccata and Fugue, ‘Claire de Lune’ by Debussy, Rachmaninov Elegy and Preludes, and conclude with Liszt. Tickets £7 at the door. Contact Andrew Stevenson
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 today at 4pm: all welcome. Contact David Martin.
COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENARY OF THE END OF WW1 at Inverness Cathedral today from 5pm (to be seated by 4.45pm). The event will contain sung, read and performed pieces related to WW1 from a wide variety of people across our Community, including the Air, Army and Sea Cadets, Bishop’s Eden Primary School and Inverness High School, The Black Watch and The British Legion, Military Wives Choir, and UHI. Musicians, Katy Bell, Julie Keen, Gordon Tocher, Ness Sinfonia, Inverness Handbell Ringers, and Musik Fyne. Followed by Refreshments in the Cathedral Café until the nationwide ringing of bells at 7.10pm. Proceeds to local branches of SSAFA and The Armed Forces Charity.
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.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS COMMISSIONING SERVICE on Friday 16 November, 7pm at the Junction Church, Bank Street, Inverness. Contact Robyn Teago.
BIG QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF TEARFUND at 7.15pm at The Barn Church on Saturday 17 November hosted jointly by Inverness 18-30’s and Culduthel Christian Centre 20-30’s. Doors open at 7:15pm and the quiz will start at 7:30pm. This is open to everyone between 18-30, give or take a few years either side. For more info, contact Claire.
INVITATION TO DORES PARISH CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE on Sunday 25 November at 3pm to be taken by our Interim Moderator, Rev Scott McRoberts. Come and share with us as we thank God for his provisions and also share a cup of tea or coffee and the history of this beautiful building and Church. Looking forward to welcome you all.

What do we do with our remembrance? Sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2018

Scripture Readings: Micah 4.1-5

Luke 1.67-80

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

Our church buildings, like many church buildings, are full of memorials. There are the obvious ones: the lists of names from both world wars inside St Stephen’s, the congregational memorial on the outside wall of the Old High Church; the Camerons memorial area inside the Old High. We have memorials to memorial to ministers, organists, town worthies, and congregation members in both our buildings. There is stained glass in the chancel of St Stephen’s gifted by a Royal Artillery officer; and at the Old High, another stained glass memorial from a mother to her child. There are number of individual memorials at the Old High, ranging to a memorial to a General Wimberley, who led the 51st Division at Alamein, to the mention on his family memorial of Ensign James Grant who died at the Battle of Waterloo, aged only 15.

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