Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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‘Fire and Water’: Sermon for Pentecost 2018 21 May 2018

Scripture Readings: Acts 2:1-21

 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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

I’m tempted to start today with a poll, and ask you all what you watched on TV yesterday. Did you watch the royal wedding, or the FA cup final? Or did you sit at your computer and watch the live feed from Edinburgh of the opening day of the Church of Scotland General Assembly? Or maybe you read a book, or took a walk in the countryside? (It was my day off yesterday, so as my son, Daniel, was a guard on a steam train on the Strathspey Railway, so I took a trip with him!).

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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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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).


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.

June 2018 Month of Sundays

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Orders of Service for Sunday 20 May 2018

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Annual Accounts 2017

Our annual accounts for 2017 are now available to view here.

We will be hearing from our Treasurer at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will take place during worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High that day).

Funeral Announcement – Mr Donald Eoin MacLennan

Mr (Donald) Eoin MacLennan , Moray Park Avenue, Inverness, died on 10 May 2018.

Mr MacLennan’s funeral will be held at Inverness Crematorium on Monday 21 May 2018 at 11am.

The Funeral Director is John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463) 233366.

‘Not just words and talk’: Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 13 May 2018

Scripture Readings: 1 John 3.16-24

Luke 24:44-53

‘Not just words and talk’

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

Some time ago, an episode of David Attenborough’s latest series Blue Planet II seemed to make an incredible impression on people. It showed, graphically, the mess we are making of the oceans. Two thirds of the planet is covered by oceans. In the complex ecosystem of Planet Earth, healthy water is essential for a healthy planet- all life depends on it. But we are in danger if slowing killing the seas and the life within them. But way far out to sea, there is tons of plastic floating in the ocean. Not only is it unsightly- it’s dangerous to sea creatures of all kinds. The Blue Planet series was a reminder of how we have failed in out stewardship of creation.

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Orders of Service for Sunday 13 May 2018

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A Friend Indeed! Sermon for Sunday 6 May 2018 (Easter 5 Year B, RCL)

Scripture Readings: Acts 10:24-48

John 15:9-17

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

There was once a little boy who took piano lessons. Every week, the wee boy would cycle to his teacher’s house for his lesson, and leave his bike propped up against the garden fence. And every week, as the wee boy pushed open the garden gate, he would feel the butterflies in his stomach, for the old man was a strict teacher of the old school. But as the wee boy grew up, he came to love the old man, for that wee boy grew up to be a fine musician, and, indeed, a much-respected piano teacher himself. But then he heard that his old teacher was gravely ill, confined to his bed, and certainly could no longer play the piano- in word, the old man was dying. And so the pianist who had once been the old man’s student went to visit his old teacher one last time. This time he drove to that familiar old house, and parked in the street outside. A student no more, he had become a friend, and after all, he was an adult, a musician, a teacher himself. But as he pushed open the garden gate, he felt, once more, the butterflies in his stomach!

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Funeral Announcement – Mrs Ishbel Mackay

Mrs Ishbel Mackay, previously of 16 Annfield Road, Inverness, died at Kingsmills Nursing Home on 5 May 2018.

Mrs Mackay’s funeral will be held on Monday 14 May 2018 at 1.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness.

The funeral director is D Chisholm & Sons (01463) 712255

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