Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Sunday Bulletin 14 July 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 July 2019: Proper 11
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair (until 19 July) or Rev Andrew Lyon (20-22 July).
KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.
SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).
A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!
SUNDAY BULLETIN The Bulletins for today and 21 July were all printed prior to Peter leaving on A/L. If you have additional items which you wish to be announced from the pulpit, please send them to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com who will arrange for them to be forwarded. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You! Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors
THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. For more information, contact Claire Rush.
CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 7 July 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 14 July 2019: Proper 10

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Rev Alastair Younger

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair (until 19 July) or Rev Andrew Lyon (20-22 July).

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME:  There will be a short service, led by Malcolm Macrae, 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 Malcolm after the service.  We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.

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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River TODAY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport..

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

SUNDAY BULLETIN The Bulletins for today, 14 and 21 July were all printed prior to Peter leaving on A/L. If you have additional items which you wish to be announced from the pulpit, please send them to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com who will arrange for them to be forwarded.Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

The Way is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. For more information, contact Claire Rush.

CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 30 June 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 7 July 2019: Proper 9
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administator
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION AT ST STEPHEN’S An informal communion will be held at 3 pm this afternoon, led by the Minister. Although this is mostly for those who are unable to come to church regularly, all are welcome.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at St Stephen’s for the last time before the summer break at 7pm this evening when it will discuss Sam Wells’ reflections on a Christian perspective on the issues of Ecology and Ecumenism. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OHSS MAGAZINE Copies of the latest magazine are available for collection at both churches today. Jennifer Morrison.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.
CHRISTIAN BASICS a course for those new to Christianity, will begin at St Stephen’s tonight at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact Peter for more information.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in both churches today for those who have not yet got their new supply. If anyone has not got theirs or if they have any queries please contact Cliff Sim.
OHSS SUMMER OUTING BEAULY RIVER 7 JULY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.
SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.
A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You! Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors
THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information, contact Claire Rush.
CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

In July at Old High

In July and August 2019, we will be holding one service of worship only on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship in July will be at the Old High Church at 11.15am (in July at Old High– it rhymes!

The Old High Church is in Church Street, next to Leakey’s Bookshop. The address is:

The Old High Church
Church Street
Inverness
Inverness-shire
IV1 1EY

Parking is available at the Rose Street multi-storey car park.

Click here for a location map.

In August, all our Sunday morning worship services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am.

In September, we will revert to our usual Sunday pattern: 10am at St Stephen’s Church and 11.15am at the Old High Church.

For more details, please contact us.

How can we be thankful? A sermon on Psalm 40: 30 June 2019

Scripture Readings: Psalm 40.1-10

Luke 17:11–19

Sermon

How can we not be thankful?

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

We have been hearing a lot recently about antisemitism- the irrational hatred of the Jews, which seems to be popping up again in this country and around the world. When I hear about antisemitism, by thoughts often turn to one of the first times I attended a Church of Scotland General Assembly, back in 1991 when I was a Divinity student.

The Moderator was one of my teachers, Robert Davidson, Professor of Old Testament at Glasgow University. On that particular day, there was a special guest: the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. After we had sung a metrical Psalm- unaccompanied, in the old Scottish style- Bob Davidson greeted the Chief Rabbi in Hebrew, and invited him to address the Assembly. It was, for me, a moving reminder of the Jewish origins of our Christian faith, and of how our Presbyterian worship continues to be suffused with those old Hebrew prayers and hymns, the Psalms.

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Sunday Bulletin 23 June 2019

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Sunday 30 June 2019: Proper 7

10am  Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Rev Andrew Lyon, retired minister

3pm Short Communion Service

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from our Church Administrator.

OUR WORSHIP THIS MORNING IS LED BY REV ARTHUR SINCLAIR, OUR PASTORAL ASSISTANT. Peter, our Minister, has been off work since last Saturday due to a nasty chest infection. However, he does hope to be back sometime this coming week. Thank you all for your concern and good wishes.

KIRK SESSION  will meet this Thursday, 27 June, at St Stephen’s.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will be running a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

MEET & EAT Lunch There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 27 June at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. For more information contact Val Cantlay.

FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in both churches today for those who have not yet got their new supply. If anyone has not got theirs or if they have any queries please contact Cliff Sim.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday 30 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION AT ST STEPHEN’S An informal communionwill be held at 3 pm on Sunday 30 June, led by the Minister, to which all are welcome.  Elders are requested to collect invitation slips, available at the church doors, to distribute to the elderly and housebound parishioners within their district, and to report back to Malcolm Macrae. Transport will be made available, and tea will be served in the hall after the communion service. Please confirm with your elder if you, or someone you know, require transport. Janet Robertson.

OHSS SUMMER OUTING BEAULY RIVER 7 JULY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday night at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to one of our Information Talks to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors.  Wed 26 June 7pm and Sat 24 Aug 10am. Events will take place at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Debate Night on 28 June at 18:30-20:00 at The Hub, Castle Street; Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information, contact Claire Rush.

CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 16 June 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 23 June 2019: Proper 7

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will be running a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 30 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION ATST STEPHEN’S An informal communionwill be held at 3 pm on Sunday 30 June, led by the Minister, to which all are welcome.  Elders are requested to collect invitation slips, available at the church doors, to distribute to the elderly and housebound parishioners within their district, and to report back to Malcolm Macrae. Transport will be made available, and tea will be served in the hall after the communion service. Please confirm with your elder if you, or someone you know, require transport. Janet Robertson.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday night at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to one of our Information Talks to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors.  Wed 26 June 7pm and Sat 24 Aug 10am. Events will take place at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

The Way is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. We run weekly activities which include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Debate Night on 28 June at 18:30-20:00 at The Hub, Castle Street (we’ll watch a debate from YouTube and discuss it); Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information and a list of ongoing events, contact Claire Rush.

Sunday Bulletin 9 June 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 16 June 2019: Trinity Sunday

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

TODAY:  KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High today with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 12 June. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Jennifer Morrison.

Christian Aid Week – A BIG Thank you! Good news! Jebbeh has had a baby and thanks to the healthcare they received, supported by Christian Aid, he is alive and healthy. She sends a message ’”Thanking you very much with joy”. 30 people helped out in the door to door collection this year. £3,185.72 was raised. So a great success and I am very grateful for everyone’s help and those who helped with counting the money from the envelopes – a long evening of sums!  And a huge Thanks to the parish for their generous donations and patience. The coffee morning with raffle, baking stall and plant stall was a great event and made more money than in previous years, bringing in £891.99. The hall was full of people and chatter. Those who helped at stalls, with baking or in the kitchen deserve much praise for their contributions. Finally donations in envelopes at the coffee morning and in the church added on another £955.75. This brings this year’s grand total to £5033.36 with gift aid still to be added. Let’s pray that this sum of money can help Sierra Leone’s mums live. Deborah Macrae.

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

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

THANK YOU Dear Friends of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to thank you for the endless amount of cards, letters and flowers you sent to me and my family. Also to Peter for his support to us during this difficult time. Joan Darcy

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible.Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister hopes to run a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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. le 1 Light Acce

Woven in the Spirit: Pentecost sermon for the Kirking of the Tartans 9 June 2019

NOTE:

This sermon was preached at a service of the Kirking of the Tartans at the Old High Church, with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies

Scripture Readings: Exodus 35: 30-35 not Lectionary

Acts 2.1-21

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

One of the biggest events in our church calendar at Old High St Stephen’s is a Kirking- the Kirking of the Council, which we have grown in recent years into a very happy community festival. So it’s lovely for us today to be hosting, for the first time, another kind of Kirking, the Kirking of the Tartans. There is no more potent symbol of Scotland than tartan, but, of course, like many of the symbols of Scotland, tartan has its roots in the Highlands and in Gaelic culture.

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