It is finished …

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:40-42

In Brora we Prayed for Peace

Today we had the latest in our series of services Praying for Peace in our troubled world and especially for the people of Ukraine.

and afterwards Alistair showed us around the Shelterbox accommodation which will be his home until Friday and which Canon James blessed with Holy Water (along with Alistair himself).

If you are passing through Brora, do drop in to see Alistair in the grounds of St Columba’s on Victoria Road (the A9 north of the centre of Brora). He will show you around and take any contributions that you wish to make to his fund-raising to buy similar Shelterboxes to house refugees from Ukraine.

If you can’t make it is person, you can contributed via his Just Giving page.

Sleep out to Help out

The heart breaking predicament of the fleeing refugees from the Ukraine is one of ongoing concern to everyone who has been watching TV and media news reports. Already many are donating essential food and medical items for onward transport to Poland and the other neighbouring countries that are doing their best to cope with nearly 2,000,000 refugees and perhaps in time to those left to face the Russian forces who have devastated buildings and killed thousands who are so bravely defended their homes and country.

A member of St Columba’s Brora and Rotarian, Alistair Risk has been so moved that he’s determined to support the Rotary Club of East Sutherland in raising funds to send Shelterboxes to Poland and whereever needed – each complete with tents for 8 people, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, First Aid equipment, Toys and books as well as tools and axes & a water tank, so that a family can survive in some sort of comfort for up to a year.

Each Shelterbox costs about £600 and he hopes to raise the cash for at least 2 which will be sent this month direct to the needy, sleeping out in a Shelterbox tent from Sunday 27th March for five nights. We are giving Alistair ‘asylum’ in the grounds of St Columba’s (the Tin Church on the A9) and he will sleep in the tent by night and during the day hopes that others will come along for a chat and to donate to the cause.

Alistair has set up a JustGiving page if you wish to help him on his way and he would be happy to talk with anyone who is passing and tell them about all the other events that the local Rotary are doing to raise money for this appeal (and of course take your money:-)

Alistair tells us:

As I approach 80 it’s some time since I last slept out but I still has my Scouts sleeping bag and blanket and I did once spend a month in the Arctic in Finland in 1961, so feels I will cope!
I’m very grateful to the church for their support and the use of such a prominent site on the A9 and hope that lots of people will visit me and give generously.

Alistair Risk

Fellow Rotarian Linda Graham says:

The Ukraine situation is heart breaking and the club is delighted that Alistair is helping us support the refugees

Linda Graham

Canon James says

“While the power of prayer is essential is such terrible times actions such as this will hopefully bring relief to some of the displaced people in need—well done !”

Rev Canon James Currall

Again we Prayed for World Peace

This evening on International Women’s Day a couple of dozen of us Prayed for World Peace in Kincardine Church of Scotland, holding before God the women of Ukraine.

God of the past, the present and the future,

On this International Women’s Day,
our thoughts and prayers

are with our sisters the women of Ukraine
in their fear and distress
We pray too for women in other regions of the world

where there is conflict, unrest or oppression.
We pray that
reconciliation will overcome hatred,
peace will conquer war,
hope will replace despair
and that your plans for the world and for all its people will be fulfilled.

God, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God,

We hold before you all who live close to war and conflict;
and all who live close to the threat of war and violence.

We remember especially at this time, people in Ukraine and Russia.
We pray for nonviolence and peaceful resolutions of conflict.

Give us hearts of hospitality and sanctuary,
forgive us all our hostility and hatred.

Bring all people to the humanity you give us,
and to the reconciliation and healing for which you gave your life.

Strengthen us all to work with you to build justice and peace,
reconciliation and healing,
in our hearts and homes, in our streets,
in all communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Bless all who live lives for the peace and wellbeing of others,
and make their service fruitful.

In the name of Christ.
Amen.

I know the plans I have for you (Jer 29:11)

This year’s World Day of Prayer (yesterday) was prepared by Christain women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was based around a passage from Jeremiah (29:1-14) – Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon.

There were well attended services in Brora, Dornoch and Tain.

A huge thank you to the women who prepared the service and to all those who organised the lovely services locally in Christ the King Brora, St Finnbarr’s Dornoch and St Andrew’s tain.

We Prayed for World Peace

Yesterday evening we held our first service of Prayers for World Peace in St Andrew’s Tain.

Holy God,

We hold before you all who live close to war and conflict;
and all who live close to the threat of war and violence.

We remember especially at this time, people in Ukraine and Russia.
We pray for nonviolence and peaceful resolutions of conflict.

Give us hearts of hospitality and sanctuary,
forgive us all our hostility and hatred.

Bring all people to the humanity you give us,
and to the reconciliation and healing for which you gave your life.

Strengthen us all to work with you to build justice and peace,
reconciliation and healing,
in our hearts and homes, in our streets,
in all communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Bless all who live lives for the peace and wellbeing of others,
and make their service fruitful.

In the name of Christ.
Amen.

Lent starts today … but yesterday

… was Shrove Tuesday

… and the traditional

Pancake Party and Quiz

… and a good time was had by all.

A huge thanks to those who made it happen, to those who took part and to everyone who donated in aid of the refugee situation in Ukraine.