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Sunday Worship 29 March 2020

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Sunday service from Old High St Stephen’s Church, Inverness
Preacher: the Rev Peter W Nimmo
Bible reading: Ezekiel 37.1-14, read by Deborah Macrae
Prayers by Andrew Stevenson and Deacon Dot Getliffe
Music by Alyn Ross
Edited by Daniel Nimmo

Midweek Prayers from Rev Arthur Sinclair

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Mentions the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 29, 2020): Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130 and John 11:1-45, and includes a reading of Matthew 25.31-46.

Presented by the Rev Peter W Nimmo

Sunday Worship 22 May 2020

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The preacher is our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo. Prayers by Deacon Dot Getliffe. Thanks for our Student Assistant, David Sim, for editing.

Sunday Worship 15 March 2020

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The preacher is our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo. The prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession are led by David Sim, our Student Assistant. Music is by Heather Sim.

Sunday service, 8 March 2020

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Click on the orange button above to listen to an edited version of our service from 8 March 2020  from St Stephen’s Church.

The preacher is our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo. The prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession are led by David Sim, our Student Assistant. The reader is Ruth Martin, the Organist is Ron Stevenson, and the Choir Director is Pam McCulloch. For copyright reasons, some hymns are omitted.

ORDER OF SERVICE

Approach to God

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Prayer

Prayers of Approach and Confession

including the Prayer of Confession (said together):

God of all mercy,

give us grace to make a fresh start today.

We know we have not loved you with our whole heart,

nor have we loved our neighbour as ourselves.

As we hope to be forgiven, teach us also to forgive;

and lead us forward in a new life

where neither grudges nor resentment have a part;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of God

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2:15-17 and 2.25-3.15

God has formed the first human from the dust of the ground and has breathed life into him. God has placed him in his own domain, a land of delight, the Garden of Eden. To eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to attempt to gain total knowledge of creation, something God does not intend humans to do.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

Every Israelite was expected to live by the great commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might”. Jesus shows himself to be the ideal Israelite, as he refuses to use his power in self-gratifying ways.

Sermon                      More than just bread

Response to the Word of God

Hymn 482 Come, let us to the Lord our God (Tune 1 Kilmarnock)

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Dedication: David Sim, student assistant

The Lord’s Prayer (said together)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen.

Dismissal and Blessing and Threefold Amen

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]

A welcome for everyone: sermon for 19 May 2019: General Assembly Sunday (Easter 5)

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

This weekend, the General Assembly of our Church of Scotland is meeting, and will continue to meet until Friday. On this Sabbath Day, there is no business done. Instead, commissioners will attend worship at St Giles to hear a sermon from the Moderator- and, no doubt, some very fine music. We have no commissioners from this congregation this year, but most of our St Stephen’s Church Choir will be taking part in a less formal act of worship, as part of a massed choir at Heart and Soul, an excellent event which showcases the work of the church and other Christian organisations in Prince Street Gardens, in the heart of our capital city. I’m looking forward to hearing how they enjoy that event.

Holy Week and Easter services

This year we are sharing Holy Week with our friends at Ness Bank Church of Scotland and St John’s and St Michael’s Episcopal Churches. Do join us as we prepare for Easter!

Holy Week 15-19 April 2019

Monday

7pm Taizé service at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Tuesday

6.30pm

Concert by US student choir at Ness Bank Church

Wednesday

7pm Reflecting on Holy Week at St Stephen’s

Maundy Thursday

7pm Communion at Ness Bank

Good Friday

The Old High Church will be open for reflection, 2-4pm
7.30pm Good Friday Evening Service with Musik Fyne,  St Michael’s Abban Street

Holy Saturday

8pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Easter Sunday

Services as usual at 10am (St Stephen’s) and 11.15am (Old High)

Sunday Bulletin 24 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 March 2019: Fourth Sunday in Lent

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

A healing community: sermon for the Kirking of the Council, Sunday 9 September 2018

Scripture Readings: Psalm 146

Mark 2.1-12

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

There is a bit of a hubbub in the lakeside Galilean town of Capernaum. News has got around about a young rabbi from the nearby town of Nazareth, whose preaching and teaching is sincere and heartfelt, and who has also got a reputation for healing miracles. He’s been in Capernaum already, then went on a preaching tour around the local synagogues; now he is making a return visit. This was an age and a place when people had an entirely different attitude from us to personal space and public space. You left your door open as an invitation to anyone to wander in. In a small, humble house, there would be no entrance hall- from the street, you stepped directly into the family’s living quarters.

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