Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: August 2019

The Tyranny of Things: sermon for 4 August 2019 Proper 13 Year C RCL

Scripture Readings:

Ecclesiastes 1.12-14; 2-18-23

Colossians 3: 1-11

Luke 12: 13-21

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

If I was to set you homework, it would be to ask you to read the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes this coming week. For it is a remarkable book. As one commentator says,

…many readers find this book to be one of the most intriguing books in the Hebrew Scriptures, a fascinating mixture of darkness and light, confidence and doubt, piety and irreverence.[1]

I first read it as a teenager, struggling to make sense of the world, and the Christian faith I had been brought up in. It was amazing to discover a book, in the canon of Scripture, which seemed so honest about the world and the mystery of life. We tend to think of the Bible as a book of answers. Ecclesiastes is not afraid to say that sometimes we do not know all the answers. Ecclesiastes may be a rather gloomy book, but it reminds us that life, and faith, is ultimately a mystery.

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OSCR Annual Accounts

You can download a copy of the above here

Old High Music 2019

The second half of the 2019 programme commences on Saturday 24 August at 12 noon, when Gordon Tocher, organist at Inverness Cathedral, will perform a Fugue and Choral Prelude by Bach, a Handel Organ Concerto, and a selection of compositions by 19th century French composers. Gordon has contributed much to Old High Music over the years, so we are delighted to welcome him back to the console.

Download the Programme Poster here

Download a copy of the updated August to November 2019 Programme here

Sunday Bulletin 4 August 2019


Sunday 11 August 2019: Proper 14

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by the Minister



NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

AUGUST SUNDAY SERVICES AT 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 were at Old High, and starting next Sunday all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. 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).

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.

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.

BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING on Friday 16 August at 6.00 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. £20 per person (includes Buffet Meal, wine and coffee). Joan Darcy.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 August. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering in aid of the Maggie’s Centre, which provides practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends at Raigmore.

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.


SUPPORTING EU CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES All Church of Scotland Ministers have received a letter from the Church and Society Council highlighting resources from the Scottish Government, with practical support and advice to help support people from other parts of the EU at what we know is an anxious and uncertain time for many. The materials includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. A support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenge is currently being rolled out, with more information available at www.cas.org.uk/brexit. A toolkit for employers to support their EU staff in Scotland, a Guide for EU citizens, posters, factsheets, and leaflets are also available to share and download at www.gov.scot//stayinscotland. If you would like to know more, please contact the Minister.

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS The Praise & Prayer Update: Thurs 22 Aug 12.15 – 2.30 pm, The Hub, Castle Street (supporting Day-time patrol 12.30-2.30 pm) TBC Sat 31 Aug  21.15 – 01.00, The Hub, Castle Street – Pay W/e Sat. patrol; Information Talk Sat 24 Aug (10.00-11.30 am) at the Hub (adjoining the Castle Street Baptist Church) for anyone who would like to know more about the work of both Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors in Inverness – feel free to come – and bring a friend with you! “Pray for Inverness:  City Centre outreach”- joint churches event on Wed 28 Aug at 7.30 pm at Culduthel Christian Centre.

Pray for the city: sermon for 28 July 2019: Proper 12 Year C RCL

Scripture Readings: Genesis 18:20-32 GNB

Psalm 85 NRSV (said responsively)

Luke 11:1-13 GNB

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

This week, I have been thinking about a minister friend of mine, now retired after long and varied career. He had served in a number of very ordinary west of Scotland parishes, and had also served as a university chaplain and with a major Christian charity. Not long after his retirement he started to work as a locum in a church in Fife, and found himself preaching to a congregation which, on most Sundays, included the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. But my friend took it in his stride, because he realised that the Prime Minister needed to hear the Word of God as much as an old lady in a housing scheme in Paisley.

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In August at St Stephen’s

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

Sunday Morning Worship in August will be at St Stephen’s, Southside Road, at 10am.

St Stephen’s is at the junction of Old Edinburgh Road and Southside Road, opposite the Crown Court Hotel.

The address is:
St Stephen’s Church
Southside Road at Old Edinburgh Road

Parking is available in the surrounding streets- but please don’t block our neighbours’ driveways!
Click here to see a map.

Click here to read a guide to the architecture of St Stephen’s Church.

In September, we will revert to our normal pattern of services: 10am at St Stephen’s and 11.15am at Old High (except on Sunday 8 September, when there will be one service only, at Old High at 11.15am, for the Kirking of the Council).

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