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One Spirit: Different gifts. Sermon for 24 February 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

Luke 4:14-21

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

People have heard the news. This preacher has become well-known around Galilee. Already they are talking about him, what he has to say, how well he says it. And now the local lad is returning to the synagogue in his home town. The son of Mary and Joseph the carpenter goes- ‘as usual’, says Luke- to the synagogue in the town he is visiting.

Those two words, ‘as usual’ tell us something important- that it was Jesus’ habit to attend synagogue each Sabbath. No doubt things went on in the synagogue, and things were said in the synagogue, with which Jesus radically disagreed. But he nevertheless, he went. Jesus never waited until he found a perfect place to worship. And he didn’t think you could be a believer on your own. He worshipped in the synagogue with everyone else. Just as you can’t seriously describe yourself as a Christian without going to church, Jesus thought that you couldn’t be a serious Jew without going to synagogue.

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Sunday Bulletin 17 February 2019

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Sunday 24 February 2019: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s Church

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church

Led by Vivian Roden, reader at Moy, Dalarossie and Tomatin

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION Contact details from Church Administrator

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the St Stephen’s next Sunday 24 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

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

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 February. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

CHURCH PARTY 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 Mackenzie 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 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. Contacts: Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison.

Old High Music The 2019 Season commences on Saturday 9 March at 12 noon when we are delighted to welcome Eileen Mackintosh for her first visit to the Old High. Eileen has had a distinguished musical career as an operatic soprano, conductor and teacher in the US before moving with her Scottish husband to the Black Isle in 2017. She and Robin Versteeg have been preparing an exciting programme of Wagner, Puccini and Ernest Charles for what promises to be a memorable inaugural recital for this new year of music at the Old High. Please come and support this event. Brochures will available detailing the 7 other recitals that are planned throughout 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

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.

KIRK SESSION meets on Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR THE LATE ESTHER NICHOLSON Our friend Esther was also a regular attender at the Inverness Quaker Meeting, who are holding a memorial meeting for her at L’Arche, 13 Drummond Crescent, on Saturday 16 March at 2pm, with refreshments to follow. All of us who were friends of Esther, and who sadly did not get the chance to pay our respects previously, are invited. The meeting will be in the L’Arche workshop at the back of the main house. More details from Peter.

CHURCH PARTY! KEEP THE DATE 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.

PARKINSONS UK Rosa McDermid would like to thank all who donated to this event on Sunday 27 January. The sum of £16.10 was raised is much appreciated.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 February at 2pm in St Stephens Church Vestry. Val Cantley.

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

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 Leone.

Mikeysline Margaret Young is selling copies of a Scottish place-names quiz (£1 per copy) in aid of the Inverness Singers’ nominated charity which this year is Mikeysline. To buy a sheet contact Margaret in Church. Completed sheets should be returned to Margaret. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. The correct answers will be sent to anyone requesting them, either on receipt of an SAE or by e-mail. The winner will be announced at The Inverness Singers’ spring concert, on Wednesday, 3 April at.

Highland Gospel Male Voice Choir 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”.

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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Old High Music 2019

The 2019 Old High Music Season commences on Saturday 9 March at 12 noon when we are delighted to welcome Eileen Mackintosh for her first visit to the Old High. Eileen has had a distinguished musical career as an operatic soprano, conductor and teacher in the US before moving with her Scottish husband to the Black Isle in 2017. She and Robin Versteeg have been preparing an exciting programme of Wagner, Puccini and Ernest Charles for what promises to be a memorable inaugural recital for this new year of music at the Old High. Please come and support this event. Brochures will be available detailing the 7 other recitals that are planned throughout 2019.

Download the brochure here.

Join our music email list to be kept up to date with our concerts: ohssmusic<a>gmail.com (replace <a> with @) .

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”.

Fish for all!: Sermon for Sunday 10 February 2019: Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13

Luke 5:1-11

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

We seem to be hearing a lot today about shortages. Year in, year out, local councils, for example, find they have less money to spend on services which we once thought essential- care of the elderly and the needy, education for the young, even keeping our public spaces neat and tidy. The reason, we are told, is that there is a shortage of money in our rich country.

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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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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

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