Lent Study 2020 – Prayer

The Lent Study this year will be about prayer:

The sessions will be flexible, broadly centred around the following headings:

  1. The Essence of Prayer
  2. The Person who Prays
  3. Growth in Prayer
  4. Living in Tune
  5. Pray like This

As usual, there will be one set on five Wednesday afternoons (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March & 1st April) starting at 2pm in the Kyle of Sutherland Hub in Bonar Bridge and another set on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7pm in St Andrew’s Hall in Tain.  All are welcome.

Gender and Liturgy in Conversation – 29th-30th May 2020

Responding to the Sacred:

Gender & Liturgy in Conversation

A two day conference bringing together liturgists and theologians, activists and academics to discuss directions for liturgical revision.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Bridget Nichols,
  • Professor Lisa Isherwood,
  • Dr Bill Paterson and
  • Dr Armand Léon Van Ommen.

12pm Friday 29th – 4pm Saturday 30th May

Iris Murdoch Suite University of Stirling

For more information there is a facebook page:  Gender and Liturgy Conference

To purchase tickets visit:  eventbrite.co.uk

If you wish to know more about what is envisaged, consult the current draft programme (subject to revision) or speak to James.

Lament for Lent

Lent is only a couple of weeks away and during Lent you might like to consider this resource from the Church Mission Society

Church Mission Society has announced a “Lament for Lent” campaign with free resources to help the church to lament in the face of increasing unrest and uncertainty as persecution against Christians, war, racism, are on the rise together with the climate crisis and other threats to the wellbeing of the world.

The campaign’s key free six-week resource, Only With Eyes That Have Cried, is written by leading theologian and missiologist Dr Cathy Ross, who heads up CMS’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Centre in Oxford. She said: “There is much to lament in our world and we need the space and the permission to do so. We need to take time to lament violence, war, racism, exploitation of women and trafficking, the state of our planet and the climate crisis. As Greta Thunberg says, ‘Our house is still on fire’.

Through the campaign CMS hopes Christians will learn to embrace, rather than move on too quickly from personal or collective grief, by developing a deeper trust and confidence in God. The campaign draws upon ideas expressed by Ugandan theologian Emmanuel Katongole in his book, Born from Lament: the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa, wherein he examines the violence and suffering that beset DR Congo in recent years and asked, “How does one live with this?”, “Can there be a future and if so, what kind?” and “Where is God?”.

As well as using examples from the Psalms, ‘Only With Eyes That Have Cried’ relays the experience of CMS mission partners such as Ruth Radley who experienced the power of lament while serving in South Sudan. Through stories like Ruth’s, people will read about lament as resistance, lament as innovation, lament as activism and lament as hope.

To help people Lament for Lent, CMS is offering the six-week Only With Eyes That Have Cried resource for free to individuals and churches. Written by Cathy Ross, it also contains prayers by Ian Adams, chaplain of Ridley College, Cambridge and CMS mission spirituality adviser, as well as creative suggestions to help people embrace lament as a spiritual discipline that can deepen their experience of God.

Dr Ross concludes: “Through Lent this year we hope that you will learn not only to lament but also to take action – this is what is profound about lament – it moves us from grief to action.

Copies may be obtained through the Church Mission Society Website or by phoning 01865 787519.

No midweek services over New Year

Folks,

There are no midweek services on Wednesday 1st January at 10:30am in St Finnbarr’s or Thursday 2nd January at 6:00pm in St Andrew’s.  There is also no Crask service on Saturday 4th January at 5:00pm.  Normal service will be resumed thereafter.

Blessings
James

Where to Celebrate the Birth of Jesus – 2019

All are welcome to share with us in celebrating Christ’s Birth at any of our services in this part of the world:

Dornoch

Dec 10th – Carols for Christian Aid at Dornoch Cathedral at 7:00pm

Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Finnbarr’s at 11:00pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament at St Finnbarr’s at 9:30am

Tain

Dec 22nd – Carol Service at St Andrew’s at 3:00pm

Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Andrew’s at 11:00pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at St Andrew’s at 10:30am

Brora

Dec 24th – Carol Service at St Columba’s at 5:00pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at St Columba’s at 9:00am

Lairg

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist in Lairg Parish Church at 8:15am

Crask

Dec 19th – Monthly Thursday service at the Crask Inn at 12 Noon

Dec 28th – Carols at the Crask Inn at 2:00pm

The Hub at Bonar Bridge

Dec 17th – Carols at the Hub at 5:30pm