Strew His Way on Palm Sunday

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This idea comes from the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Oregon.

What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday.

It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.

We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the members of the body of Christ. We are the Church.

Sunday 29th March 2020

Scottish Christians* are encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm** each Sunday in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are urged to “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.

The following prayer can be used when lighting the candle:

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

* These include the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

** Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle.

Church Services on Radio, TV and on-line

Radio and TV Worship Services

Sunday

BBC Radio Scotland at 6:30 – New Every Sunday: a service of worship

BBC Radio 4 at 8:10 – Sunday Worship

BBC ONE at 13:15 – Songs of Praise

BBC Radio 3 at 15:00 – Evensong (a repeat of the Wednesday afternoon broadcast)

Monday – Saturday

BBC Radio 4 at 5:43 – Prayer for the Day

Monday – Friday

BBC Radio 4 (LW only) at 9:45 – Daily Service

Wednesday

BBC Radio 3 at 15:00 – Evensong

On-line Worship

An SEC Eucharist Service will be broadcast at 11.00am on each Sunday at: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship/
The service will subsequently be available to download at the above address in video and audio formats.

Church of Scotland list of Streamed Services

Sunday Eucharist from Trinity Wall Street – starts at 11:15 (New York is generally five hours behind us except 2nd Sunday to last Sunday in March when it’s four hours)  Currently this service is broadcast live from 16:15 GMT.

 

National Day of Prayer – Sunday 22nd March 2020

Churches in Scotland* have joined together to Call for a National Day of Prayer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.**

We are urged to “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.

The following prayer can be used when lighting the candle:

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

* These include the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

** Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle.

Food Bank Collection Coffee Morning – 24th March

The Food Bank Collection Coffee Morning scheduled for Tuesday 24th March at the Dornoch Social Club, will now operate as a Foodbank Drop Off only.

All contributions will be gratefully received at:

the Ramp Doorway

of the Dornoch Social Club

between 10am and 12 Noon

on Tuesday 24th March.

Thank you in anticipation.

Gender and Liturgy in Conversation – 29th-30th May update

Responding to the Sacred:

Gender & Liturgy in Conversation

It is with great regret that we inform you that the “Responding to the Sacred: Gender & Liturgy in Conversation” Conference has been cancelled.

The decision was reached unanimously by the steering committee after much thoughtful consideration. Given the guidance from NHS Scotland, along with the SEC and the University of Stirling’s advice, we decided we could not risk the health of conference organisers and attendees.

However, we believe that the work of this conference is still important, and interest remains high. With that in mind, we are in the process of rescheduling the conference for Spring 2021. We’re also planning to host several online events in Autumn 2020, to stimulate conversation and debate in the run up to the conference.

If you have purchased tickets refunds will be issued within 7 working days of this email, and you should contact genandlit@gmail.com if you do not receive a refund within 10 days.

We look forward to welcoming you to Responding to the Sacred 2021.

Best wishes,
Alison Jasper, Elaine Cameron, Marion Chatterly, Jennifer Holden, Emily Alldritt
– Conference Steering Committee

Holy Week and Easter 2020

Palm Sunday 5th April 

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s, Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

6.00pm Eucharist, St Columba’s, Brora

Monday 6th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s Tain

Tuesday 7th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s, Tain

Wednesday 8th April

10.30am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Andrew’s, Tain

Maundy Thursday 9th April

11.30am Chrism Mass, Inverness Cathedral

7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Watch in the Garden, St Andrew’s, Tain

Good Friday 10th April

10.15am Walk of Witness from Bonar Bridge to Ardgay (Start outside Creich Health Centre in Bonar Bridge)

10.00am for 10:30am Walk of Witness in Brora (Start at the Scout and Guide Hall, Brora)

10.30am Walk of Witness to Tain Rose Garden (Start at St Vincent’s RC Church)
11:00am Praise, Prayer, Entertainment and Refreshments, Tain Rose Garden

2.00pm Good Friday Meditations, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Tenebrae and Communion, St Andrew’s, Tain

Holy Saturday 11th April

8.00pm, Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

Easter Day 12th April

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s ,Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Tuesday 28th April 

5.30pm Prayer and Praise for Easter, Kyle of Sutherland Hub, Bonar Bridge

Morning Prayer in Holy Week

During Holy Week Morning Prayer will be said at St Andrew’s Tain at the following times:

Mon-Tues at 10.00am; Wed-Fri at 9.00am; Sat at 10.00am

*meets in Church of Scotland, Lairg by kind permission.

We wish you Christ’s Blessing and Peace