Scotland – the way ahead
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The Christian Viewpoint column  from the Highland News dated 18th September 2014 This weekend, whatever the outcome of the referendum, we’ll be thinking about the way ahead. Depending on our point of view, it will be a weekend of elation, dejection or perhaps simply relief. Some of us will need to work on relationships with people we’ve argued passionately with in recent weeks. As a nation, we’ll be working on Scotland’s relationship with

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With us through our valleys of the shadow
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A report and reflection on this morning's service from John Dempster. I love the Stephen Fischbacher song ‘When people are cruel’ which we sang at this morning’s service before the children left. Set to the reflective American tune Streets of Laredo the song focusses on the life and death and resurrection of Jesus as he faced ‘the bullies of Calvary.’ He was not daunted because ‘he knew where he came from and where he was going.’ The

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The Lord was with Joseph
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Here's the reading for tomorrow's service: Genesis 39 1-23 Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success

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Messy Church – thanks from Duncan and Jonathan
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Before we reach the end of another week, we wanted to say a big "thank you" to everyone who supported the Messy Church event last Sunday afternoon. Whether you prayed, baked, cooked, played football, shopped, did crafts, shared a meal, dug potatoes or welcomed, we are grateful. It was  wonderful to see the church building buzzing with life and activity. 92 people registered for the event, and we fed over a 100. We hope that the experience of working

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Walk his way – a pre-referendum reflection
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Duncan highlighted this banner, one of those currently on display in the Church, on Sunday morning. It was made some time ago at a service when those present dipped their feet in paint before walking across the banner as it lay on the floor. It's a powerful symbol of the fact that as individuals, with all our distinctiveness, we walk together as Christians on our faith journey. The title, 'Walk his way' expresses both our journey's destination, and

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New Hilton Foodbank Centre opens
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The new Hilton Foodbank Centre at Hilton Village (underneath the Community Centre in Oldtown Road) opens for the first time for clients tomorrow, 15th September. The new Centre, which complements the existing Foodbank Centre in Madras Street which opened in 2005, will be available for clients between 11am and 1pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Foodbank Centre provides an emergency 3-day supply of food to people facing financial crisis who

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“I will make you into a great nation”
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A report  by John Dempster on this morning's sermon. I really appreciated Duncan's sermon this morning. It was a reflection on God's call of Abraham recorded in the first nine verses of Genesis 12, and focussed in particular on verse 2:  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” I found the sermon helpful in a number of ways, not least in the insights Duncan gave us

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Yes or no?
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Here's the piece on the Referendum Duncan mentioned in his sermon this morning. It appeared in the Christian Viewpoint column in most recent edition of The Highland News. Last week Church of Scotland Moderator John Chalmers hosted an event in Glasgow in which two leading politicians debated their opposing views on Scotland’s future. It seems that the whole of Scotland is caught up in the big debate. For a long time, opinion polls suggested that

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Remembering Norma Fraser: Church garden in need of new plants
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There’s a request in the Bulletin for flowers for the Light House: The Light House and Church gardens are in need of some more plants. There are gaps we would like to fill. If you are splitting plants or have plants that are getting too big for your garden please consider them for the gardens here. If you can help please contact Alan or Pat Spence. Tel: 236631. I saw this on the screen this morning before the service, and thought about it again

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A life well lived: Norma Fraser
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This morning, Duncan paid moving tribute to Norma Fraser, one of Hilton’s oldest residents who died last Monday. Norma was 92, and had lived in Drynie Avenue since 1949. Norma was brought up by an aunt in the north of Scotland and unable to afford higher education went into service in Dundee at the age of 17.  In time she moved to Inverness and began nursing at Craig Dunain hospital where she met and married her late husband Ian. Shortly after

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