The Long Established
Carols (and readings, poems, stories etc.)
at the Crask
will take place
on Thursday 27th December @ 2pm
Come and join in the celebration, in singing and reflection
and in joyous fellowship
Followed by refreshments
All are very welcome
St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tain
28th December 2018 @ 3pm
Followed by Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other seasonal refreshments
Everyone very welcome – just come along and join us.
Have a Peaceful and Blessèd Christmas
Henri Nouwen was a gifted spiritual teacher who was born in the Netherlands in 1932 and early on became a priest. Throughout his life he studied philosophy, theology and psychology and spent much time traveling, living in community and speaking publicly. He writes lovely prose and his work is full of his own personal and intimate experiences of God’s love.
Henri devoted much of his later ministry to emphasizing the idea that our identity is as the Beloved Children of God. In an interview, he said that he believed the central moment in Jesus’s public ministry was his baptism in the River Jordan, when as he came out of the water he heard the voice of God saying, “You are my beloved son on whom my favour rests.” Nouwen writes: “That is the core experience of Jesus. . . . He is reminded in a deep, deep way of who he is. . . . I think his whole life is continually claiming that identity in the midst of everything.”
In 1992 Nouwen travelled to Garden Grove, California where he delivered three sermons extolling the fact that we are all beloved daughters and sons of God. The sermons were delivered and televised at the famous Crystal Cathedral.
This Advent study is based on this series of sermons which are entitled:
Being the Beloved
Becoming the Beloved
Disciples of the Beloved
The sessions will start at 2pm on Wednesdays: 5th, 12th and 19th December, at James and Anna’s house in Spinningdale.
Sessions will last a little over an hour and there will be refreshments afterwards for those who can stay. Everyone is most welcome to join us.
Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 7pm
St Finnbarr’s Episcopal Church, Dornoch
An evening of Carols and Poetry for Christmas
Refreshments will be served
A collection will be taken in aid of the homelessness charity Emmaus.
All are welcome to share with us in celebrating Christ’s Birth at any of our services in this part of the world:
Dec 18th – The Joy of Christmas, a celebration in Carols and Poetry at St Finnbarr’s at 7:00pm
Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Finnbarr’s at 11:00pm
Dec 25th – Christmas Day Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament at St Finnbarr’s at 9:30am
Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Andrew’s at 11:30pm
Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at St Andrew’s at 10:30am
Dec 28th – Carol Service at St Andrew’s at 3:00pm
Dec 23rd – Lairg Christians Together at Lairg Parish Church – Lessons and Carols at 3:00pm
Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist in Lairg Parish Church at 8:15am
Dec 20th – Monthly Thursday service at the Crask Inn at 12 Noon
Dec 27th – Carols at the Crask Inn at 2:00pm
“So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ – the life of the world.”
And that is exactly what a group of people from the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) did yesterday afternoon, on a frosty day suitable for the first Sunday of Advent, as we gathered in St. Andrew’s Church, warming ourselves by the flickering flames from our candles.
Nearly 40 of us sang our hearts out, listened attentively (after all, it IS Advent!) to the readings, including the poem ‘Advent Credo’, from which the quotation above comes. As we held our candles aloft and listened to the introductory readings, we thought about how we can individually be, and bring, light, life, peace and hope, to others. The moving words of our opening hymn, ‘Longing for Light’ expressed our hopes:
‘Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.’
The bright lights of hospitality and fellowship then beckoned us into the welcome warmth of the hall, where an abundance of delicious sandwiches and home-baking (see above) encouraged lively chat and catch-up with our inter-church friends.
Thanks to everyone who read to us, sang with us and catered for us.