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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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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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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
Inverness
Inverness-shire
IV2 4XA

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).

Sunday Bulletin 28 July 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 4 August 2019: Proper 13

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by the Minister

NB ALL SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES IN AUGUST AT ST STEPHEN’S

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the 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. 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).

KIRK SESSION will meet this Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s at 7.30pm. (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.

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.

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.

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.

OTHER NEWS

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.

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.

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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