Season of Creation – Self Directed Reflection at St Finnbarr’s

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Hi folks,

As September begins we enter the ‘Season of Creation’ and churches across the globe turn their attention to how the behaviour and actions of humankind are affecting the created world.

Many of us take ‘green issues’ very seriously, but others give little or no thought to what is happening to the planet on which we live – even pouring scorn on those who express their concerns about the very real and present threat to our existence as a species.

At St Finnbarr’s Church (Dornoch) we have put together a reflective walk – with a particular focus on water and the oceans – around the inside of our church building – looking at images and original artworks. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in this self directed activity and church will be open from 11am – 12noon each Wednesday beginning on 8th Sept and finishing on 29th.

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.

Fr Simon

Scarves and Cards

On Saturday Carol took the charity stall outside the Tain Service Point and sold Scarves and Cards. The cards were donated and the scarves were lovingly knitted by Renata who until her death in 2020 was a member of St Andrew’s congregation.

Having been homeless herself at one time, Renata was very keen to alleviate homelessness in others and so the money raised will go to assist in that cause.

If anyone didn’t get the opportunity to buy on Saturday, both cards and scarves are available in St Andrew’s on Sunday mornings.

Well done Carol and thanks to everyone who contributed.

Light of the World

Ted fascinated by the Light of Christ

In St Andrew’s on Sunday we welcomed Edward (Ted) Knott into the Christian Family in Baptism.

He seemed to enjoy the experience as did his Parents and God Parents after the Service.

Study Group for Season of Creation

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

(Ps 119: 89-91)

This year the Scottish Episcopal Church is to join other denominations in marking a Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

To align with ecumenical custom, the Season runs from the Sunday on or after 1st September for four weeks (five Sundays) until the Commemoration of St Francis on 4th October. The last Sunday of which (3rd September) is an appropriate time to celebrate Thanksgiving for Harvest.

The Liturgy Committee has prepared material for use during this Season, including:

  • In addition there is provision for Morning and Evening Prayer which we will use in our Zoom celebrations on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday Evenings.

Study Group

During September I am planning to lead a study group on Creation, where we can discuss various theological and ethics aspects of the world in which we live, God’s Creation and the Climate Crisis.  

Can anyone who would like to take part (one meeting a week for four weeks) please get in touch with me, so that I can figure out what day/time would be best and whether people would prefer an in person gathering or an online one.

A Collect for the Season of Creation

O God,
in whose wisdom all things have been established in order:
enlighten the people you have saved,
that they may consider
the greater wonder of your new creation,
brought forth in the fullness of time,
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Diocesan Prayer Cycle for August

1 August 2021
Pentecost 10
For the congregation of St. Trolla at the Crask: Bishop Mark, James Currall.

2 August 2021
For Mark, our Bishop.

3 August 2021
For nations where the vaccine is hard to come by.

4 August 2021
For local food and drink producers and providers.

5 August 2021
For our link Diocese of Quebec.

6 August 2021
The Transfiguration of the Lord
For the Church to be radiant with the love of Christ.

7 August 2021
For the people of South Africa after the recent violence.

8 August 2021
Pentecost 11
For the congregation of St. Mary-in-the-Fields, Culloden.

9 August 2021
For the work and witness of the Mothers’ Union worldwide.

10 August 2021
For unaccompanied child refugees.

11 August 2021
For local sporting venues, teams and societies.

12 August 2021
For all who administer church websites and social media pages.

13 August 2021
For those in hospital with covid.

14 August 2021
For all those whose lives are marked by trauma.

15 August 2021
Pentecost 12
For the congregations of St. John, Inverness; St. Michael and All Angels, Inverness.

16 August 2021
Mary the Virgin
For refugees and victims of human trafficking.

17 August 2021
For all who have been married in our churches this year.

18 August 2021
For those who will be starting university this autumn.

19 August 2021
For those who have suffered loss of any kind as a result of the virus.

20 August 2021
For the work and witness of the Salvation Army.

21 August 2021
For the Queen and members of the Royal Family.

22 August 2021
Pentecost 13
For the congregations of St. Anne, Strathpeffer; St. James the Great, Dingwall: Julia Boothby, Barbara Chandler.

23 August 2021
For care home residents and staff.

24 August 2021
Bartholomew, Apostle
For the Tokyo Paralympics beginning today.

25 August 2021
For the people and leaders of Afghanistan.

26 August 2021
For the lonely.

27 August 2021
For those carrying heavy responsibilities.

28 August 2021
For those facing redundancy or bankruptcy.

29 August 2021
Pentecost 14
For the congregations of St. Mary the Virgin, Ullapool; St. Gilbert’s Kinlochbervie; St. Gilbert’s Lochinver; St. Boniface Achiltibuie: Clare Caley, Nicholas Court, John Green.

30 August 2021
The Beheading of John the Baptist
For courageous people who speak truth to power.

31 August 2021
For those in other lands who have to live without access to clean water, and for Scottish Water.

There’s a moose loose aboot God’s hoose

A mouse at the Communion rail?

In the July 1981 edition of the ‘Scots Magazine’ there was a feature on the ecclesiastical work of Robert Thompson to be found in Scotland. Robert was the ‘Mouseman’ from Kilburn in Yorkshire who made exquisite oak furnishings complete with his trademark mouse crawling over it. It was Robert and his descendants who made many of the oak furnishings and fittings in St Andrew’s Tain. The article has a short piece about St Andrews and our thanks to Campbell for digging the article out for us. The bit about St Andrew’s follows:

We now return to the mainland, and cross Easter Ross to the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain on the Dornoch Firth. Here is the church of St Andrew, a lovely little building dating from Victorian times and adorned with more than one mouse.

In 1936 Robert [Thompson] installed the reredos, and his work on these is always worth examining closely. At the same time he fitted the altar rails, and what better tribute to him can be found than that from a Kent lady who tells me that she never passes through Tain without popping into St Andrew’s Church to see ‘the neat little mouse carved under a rail.” A lengthy enough mouse-hunting journey for anyone!

The congregation of the church must have been satisfied, too, because in 1967 they commissioned the grandsons Cartwright1 to carve a lectern and later to fashion a pulpit.

  • 1 The sons of Percy and Elsie Cartwright (Robert Thompson’s daughter), John and Robert, joined the family business when they left school at 15 and worked under the supervision of their grandfather Robert Thompson until his death in December 1955 when they took over.