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.
Bishop Mark writes…
My Dear Friends,
I am delighted that for the first time in a while we have a Diocesan What’s on Leaflet. lt is always so easy for the Charges and Congregations of the Diocese to lose track of what is going on and to miss opportunities to support each other by sharing and visiting each other’s events.
I am always surprised by just how busy you all are and it is good to be able to hold each event in my prayers, no matter how far from home I might be.
May I thank you all for the hard work and dedication you reveal in your service of God, it makes me proud to be Bishop of this Diocese. May I wish you all a joyous Christmas when it arrives. I hope to catch up with many of you in the year ahead.