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Sunday Bulletin 8 September 2019


Sunday 15 September 2019: Proper 19

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL JOINING US FOR THE KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL THIS MORNING. At the end of the service, please allow those who are taking part in the parade to leave first.

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!

MISSION DEVELOPMENT WORKER At our congregational meetings to discuss the proposals of the Going Forward report of 2017, the top choice of those who took part was for to appoint someone to a full-time post to help us engage with the needs of the local community. The Kirk Session has now approved a Job Description for the post, and we began to advertise this week. This is a two-year post in the first instance, funded initially from the generous legacy of the late Nina Wallace. The advert is included in today’s Bulletin- please share it widely: if you or anyone you know would be interested in applying for this, please let Peter know. Full details, including the Job Description, are on the website; contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you are unable to access these.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 11 September. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Susan MacLeod.

OLD HIGH 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, however, now urgently required. You are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.

OHSS Magazine editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline is Friday 13 September.

Old High Music Saturday 21 Sept at 12 noon: Ness Brass Trio, comprising accomplished Inverness-based musicians, Rob Farmer (horn), Ian Shires (trumpet) and Mark Bell (trombone) will perform solo and ensemble pieces, with piano accompaniments by Robin Versteeg. From Mozart to Poulenc, this is an opportunity to enjoy the rich sound of these instruments in the acoustic of the Old High. More details from our website or Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OHSS Autumn Walk and Cuppa on 29 September at Reelig Glen, Moniack. Meet 1.30 pm in St Stephen’s Car Park, or 2pm Reelig Forest Walks car park. Approximately 1 hour walk with slight climb and some uneven ground, through a picturesque glen. Then refreshments at Ruth and Stuart Mackenzie’s, at 3.30pm with stroll around the garden if desired. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you need a lift or more information.

HARVEST FUN WEEKEND Saturday 5 October at St Stephen’s from 2-4pm. There will be entertainment and stalls. We will be looking for donations of baking, jam, chutneys etc. There will also be a plant stall, so if you are tidying your garden please keep any plants or cuttings for the stall. All proceeds from this free event are to go to the Highland Foodbank. We will be inviting participants to join us for our Harvest services the following day. Contact Joan Darcy or Val Cantlay if you can lend a hand.


FRIENDS OF CAMERON  HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA Saturday 21 September 2019, 2-4pm, Scout Hall, Green Drive. The Friends support the residential home run by the Church of Scotland for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and home baking. Various stalls and all donations gratefully received. Tickets £3 (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult) from Jaye Rankine, Rae Swan and Val Cantlay.

SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE 25 September at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by loss, whether recently or 80 years ago, or anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children: all are welcome. Babies and children also, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all. Emilie de Bruijn, The Mariposa Trust.

ANNUAL YOUTH ATTITUDES SURVEY A survey to try to understand better the needs and views of young people in the Church of Scotland. We want to see the big picture to enable local congregations, presbyteries and the national church to help them shape how we nurture and care for the young people in our church over the next few years. Survey will be open to all 11-30 years olds in August and September. Please encourage 11-30 year olds connected to your congregation to complete the survey before 30 September at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YouthAttitude The first 250 people to complete the survey who request one will receive a complimentary copy of the Church of Scotland Youth Guide to Ethical Living. Suzi Farrant.

Mission Development Worker

Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness

Salary £25,122 – £28,400 (in keeping with the Ministries Development Staff salary scale)

Old High St Stephen’s Church (www.oldhighststephens.com) is seeking to consolidate and expand its work in a parish which covers both the city centre and part of the suburbs of the Highland Capital.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic person to work with the congregation to help us develop our understanding, vision and practice of mission in our community.

Duties we envisage would include:

  • Identifying and attempting to meet needs within our community which can be met by the Church.
  • Work in partnership with other churches, faith communities, statutory support services and voluntary sector providers towards meeting the needs of the local community.
  • Work closely with the existing membership of the Church, its volunteers and service users to deliver Christian witness and outreach.
  • Work in local schools as appropriate
  • Support for the volunteers to develop the opening of the Old High Church for visitors
  • Identifying imaginative ways to bring an inclusive and welcoming Christian message to the community.

If you would relish the challenge, we would love to talk to you to discuss your ideas and learn more about us. For an informal visit / discussion with us, please contact our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo.

Applications should be made via CV, two references and a statement stating how your skills, gifts and experiences are suitable for this role.

Closing date for applications is 16 September 2019.

(Please note it is necessary that all applicants will be subject to a Disclosure Check and should have a living Christian faith that is a Genuine Occupational Requirement in terms of the Employment Equality Act 2010)

For the job description, visit https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/08/21/mission-development-worker-post/

The Wisdom of Humility: sermon for the Kirking of the Council, 8 September 2019

Click here for the order of Service for the Kirking of the Council 2019

Click here for more information about the Kirking of the Council 2019

Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3.4-15

Luke 14:1, 7-14

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

I have just been reading a remarkable account of a British traveller who, just a few months after September 11 2001, walked across Afghanistan. It was just after the American-led invasion of the country, which drove the Taliban out of Kabul. The author writes:

The country had been at war for twenty-five years; the new government had been in place for only two weeks; there was no electricity between Herat and Kabul, no television and no T-shirts. Villages combined medieval etiquette with new political ideologies. In many houses the only piece of foreign technology was a Kalashnikov, and the only global brand was Islam.[1]

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I have called you by your name, you are mine: sermon for 1 September 2019

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Luke 13:10-17

I have called you by your name, you are mine

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

This morning at St Stephen’s we had the joy of celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism. We baptised Caitlin Liddle, the granddaughter of Sandy and Rosemary Cumming. The baptism of a child is a time of great joy for the child’s family and friends. But it is also a celebration for the Church for family. For baptism remind us of many of the joyful truths of the Gospel. It reminds us that God calls us by name, that we all of us belong to God. And it reminds us about how new beginnings is at the heart of our faith.

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The family meal: sermon for 25 August 2019

Scripture Readings: John 6.53-59

Mark 14.22-26

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

I used to belong to a student Christian organisation at university. At the end of each term, we would meet, as we always did, for a meal together. But at the end of the meal, instead of hearing a guest speaker as we usually did, we would remain around the meal table and share the Sacrament of Holy Communion, led by a local clergyman, a chaplain, or one of the Divinity Faculty staff. That experience completely upended all my thoughts about Communion. Sitting around the same table where we had just shared our meal was a powerful spiritual experience for someone who was more used to our rather formal and traditional services in my home church. It was a reminder, also, that sometimes in the church we make things too complicated! This was a reminder of how it started- a meal with friends in an upstairs room.

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Which gods? Sermon for 18 August 2019 (Proper 15)

Scripture Readings: Psalm 82

Luke 12:49-56

Which gods?

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

God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision (Psalm 82.1).

Today’s Psalm asks us to picture a strange scene. The scene is a ‘heavenly court’, or an assembly of gods. The Lord God of Israel presides- but he’s not the only god there- he’s speaking to other gods.

This Psalm must be harking back to the earliest days of Israel’s religious history. In ancient times, people tended to believe in a lot of different gods- the Greeks had Mercury, Apollo and Zeus, the Egyptians made gods of the Pharaohs and worshipped Ra the sun god alongside other lesser deities. The genius of Israel’s faith was that they began to see that their tribal God, the God Moses had met in the desert, this God who had no name, this strange God who insisted on love and justice- this God was maker of heaven and earth, was greater than all the other gods, was, indeed, the only true God. This was an incredible insight that changed the world. But it was a change that happened gradually.

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Where your heart is? Sermon for Sunday 11 August 2019 Proper 14

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

Luke 12:32-34

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

I once knew an elderly lady who told me she had been worshipping in the same local country church all her life. She told me that, when she was a wee girl, her family had to go to church each Sunday. Her father was a gamekeeper, and if he wasn’t there the laird would have noticed and he’d have lost not just his job, but his tied house as well. Homeless and jobless if they didn’t go to church.

Thank goodness, we live in a different age nowadays. There is no great cultural expectation that we have to go to church. We come because we want to. It’s our own choice. And that old lady in continued to come to church, not because she was forced to, but because she wanted to.

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Well equipes spaces in the right places: Church of Scotland consults on buildings

WELL EQUIPED SPACES IN THE RIGHT PLACES Over the next few months, the Church of Scotland General Trustees will be inviting your views on one of the most crucial issues for the future of our Church: how best to manage our church land and buildings. An online survey will run until Saturday 31 October, giving you the chance to express your views on the best ways to manage, use and maintain our buildings for the future. The Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly, said

Buildings are hugely important to everyone in the Church and we all have strong feelings about the buildings we know best. This consultation is important so I encourage everyone who cares about the Church to take time to work through the survey and make their views known. This will ensure that the plan that will go to the 2020 General Assembly will be the very best plan we can make for the future of our congregations as well as for the mission of the Church.

The survey is available at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2019/your_opportunity_to_help_shape_the_churchs_plan_for_land_and_buildings .

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

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