Service Changes – Online Prayer and Tain midweek

Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom

We have some services of Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom, from this week these are as follows:  

Morning Prayer – Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00am

Evening Prayer – Thursdays and Fridays at 5:00pm (previously these were at 5:30pm)

All are welcome to join in these services, which will be led by a number of different (mostly lay) people. If you wish to follow them and join in with the responses, etc. then you would find it helpful to have a copy of the Scottish Prayer book.

Outside the Church

Midweek in Tain

The MIdweek Service in St Andrew’s, Tain changes from Wednesday at 6pm to Thursday at 6pm from this week. These services are generally in the hall at the back of the church and all are welcome.

Come Ye Thankful People Come!

As the Season of Creation came to a close, the congregation at St Finnbarr’s Dornoch celebrated their Harvest Thanksgiving Service this Sunday. Our humble offerings to our magnificent Creator God were given extra lustre by our four part choir who helped us to ‘Raise the Song of Harvest Home’!

Prayers for Creation

Today in St Finnbarr’s we prayed for creation

as we lit our candles we each made our own commitments


together we built a cairn uniting our individual stones to make something bigger and more impactful

Both these being metaphors for ways in which we can make a difference.

​Our Prayer of Commitment

We join with the earth and with each other.
To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air

We join with the earth and with each other.
To renew the forests
To care for the plants
To protect the creatures

We join with the earth and with each other.
To celebrate the seas
To rejoice into the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars

We join with the earth and with each other.
To recreate the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember our children

We join together as many and diverse expressions
of one loving mystery: for the healing of the earth
and the renewal of all life.

SEI Journal on Climate Change

The Autumn issue of the SEI Journal contains seven articles on various aspects of Climate Change and Climate Justice, including one written by James (pp 37-55).

The contents page for this section of the Journal is:

Kneel down before all Creation

You may not have noticed that beneath the seats in St Finnbarr’s there are seventy tapestry kneelers with highland themes. They were designed and made over a twelve year period from 1981-1993 by fourteen members of the congregation.

Of these, 12 are mammals, 16 are birds, 9 are plants, 1 is a fish and 1 is a fungus.

During the Season of Creation (1st September until 4th October) many of these ones are on display along the front of the communion rail for all to admire, both the beauty of creation and the skill of the 14 people who lovingly crafted them.

Chess, Coventry and Thanks at Evensong

A splendid service of choral evensong in St Finnbarr’s this evening, when Simon was licensed as Priest in Charge at St Finnbarr’s and Lizzie given her warrant as Assistant Priest in Sutherland and Tain.

In his address Bishop Mark thanked everyone for keeping going over the last 18 months and for caring for one another. He said it was lovely to be back in St Finnbarr’s and to enjoy his first service of choral evensong since March 2020. In responding to the New Testament reading from Revelation, he spoke of Coventry Cathedral and its role as a centre for reconciliation giving hope against the forces of darkness.

Addressing Simon and his new role, he likened what he was doing to moving chess pieces around and mentioned that today he had found a large chess set in the boot of his car,

The choir of four (including Simon and Lizzie) were superb and the congregation also were in good voice. Suffice to say that a good time was had by all and we all look forward to another evensong in the not too distant future.

Our prayers and good wishes are with Simon and Lizzie as they share in ministry in this part of our beautiful diocese.

The collection taken at the service will go to the Scottish Episcopal Institute to help in the training of future clergy and lay readers.

Only Three Wednesday Mornings Left

Only three Wednesday mornings left to experience the St Finnbarr’s Church (Dornoch) reflective walk – with a particular focus on water and the oceans – around the inside of church.

In the church there are a series of images and original artworks to contemplate, with a helpful leaflet to guide you.

Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in this self-directed activity and the church will be open from 11am – 12noon on each of the next three Wednesday mornings finishing on 29th September.

We hope you enjoy this reflection, but we also hope that you are challenged to consider the part you are playing in the climate crisis.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite:

Delayed World Day of Prayer Service

Yesterday in Clyne Parish Church in Brora, we had a lovely World Day of Prayer service – prepared by the women of Vanuatu and led by ladies from the churches in Brora.

Whilst some services were held online on the first Friday in March, in Brora, they held off until they could have us all physically present.

A huge thank you to everyone involved.

Prayer Tree for Creation and Climate Justice

During the Season of Creation, members of the congregation of and visitors to St Andrews, Tain are invited to write their prayers for Creation and Climate Justice on ‘leaves’ and hang them on the tree in the porch.

Over the month, the bare 2020 Christmas Tree will acquire new leaves and take on a new life.