Stations of Creation – 23rd Sept & 4th Oct

Stations of Creation

During the Season of Creation, we have been holding services of Stations of Creation around the grounds of various places of worship.

The service is based around St Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures” on which the hymn All Creatures of our God and King is based. As we move around the grounds, we pause 10 times for Scripture, Reflection and Prayer and then sing a little of All Creatures of our God and King as we move to the next stop. It is a lovely way to reflect on Creation and the Creator.

The next service is at: St Columba’s Brora on Friday 23rd September at 5:30pm

There will also be one at: St Finnbarr’s Dornoch on Tuesday 4th October at 5:30pm (The Feast of St Francis)

All are most welcome to join us either tomorrow in Brora or a week on Tuesday in Dornoch.

Sutherland Memorial Service – 25th Sept 2022

You are cordially invited to attend

an Ecumenical Service

at Dornoch Cathedral

at 6.30 pm

on Sunday 25th September

to commemorate the life of

the late Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

Another Crask First

+Mark with Matthew (and his wee friend)

Saturday was ‘Friends Day’ at The Crask. It started with a Eucharist during which +Mark Confirmed Matthew, who had apparently been dodging it for about 20 years:-).

The service was as always followed by lots of good food and fellowship. Thank you +Mark and of course Douglas and Denise.

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Friends arrived in a variety of vehicles!!

This month’s Thursday Service will be on September 15th at Noon and after lunch, to mark the Season of Creation, there will be a service of Stations of Creation around the grounds.

All are very welcome.

Season of Creation – September 2022

The Season of Creation runs from 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of St Francis).

This year we have a number of things going on in addition to our usual services:

Study Groups

There will be five pairs of sessions, based on material produced in South Africa in 2008 by members of  Green Anglicans – one after each of the midweek services in:

  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch (Wednesdays starting at about 11am) and
  • St Andrew’s Tain Hall (Thursdays starting at 7pm)

on:

  • 31st Aug/1st Sept – The Earth is the Lord’s
  • 7th/8th Sept – Water: the Source of Life
  • 14th/15th Sept – Climate Change
  • 21st/22nd Sept – Need not Greed
  • 28th/29th Sept – Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation

The materials for the five sessions can now be found on the Study Group page.

Stations of Creation

There will be four services in different locations spread through the season:

  • St Andrew’s Tain – Friday 9th September at 5:30pm
  • St Trolla’s at the Crask – Thursday 15th September at 2:00pm
    (the same day as the Eucharist at noon)
  • St Columba’s Brora – Friday 23rd September at 5:30pm
  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch – Tuesday 4th October at 5:30pm (The Feast of St Francis)

The service is based around St Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures” and at each station there is a reflection from “Laudato si” Pope Francis encyclical on Care for Creation.

Prayer for Healing

In Brora we have a monthly service of Prayer for Healing (3rd Sunday of the month). Today, as per our reading from Genesis 18:1-10a we did it in the company of Andrei Rublev’s icon “The Hospitality of Abraham“.

Prayer for the Queen’s Jubilee

The Queen’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place from 2-5 June, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years of service as Monarch.

A prayer has been prepared by the Liturgy Committee to mark the occasion. It has been approved by the College of Bishops for use in their dioceses.

Prayer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Almighty and eternal God,
you uphold and govern all things 
both in heaven and on earth, 
and by your grace alone kings and queens do reign.
 
We thank you for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us 
throughout the reign of our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, 
whom you have set over us these threescore years and ten.
 
We thank you for the wisdom of her guidance and her love of peace, 
for the care and devotion with which she has served her people, 
for the example of her gracious life.
 
As we rejoice before you with thankful hearts, 
we pray that we may ever be united in love and service to one another, 
as people called to live according to your will, 
for the good of all the world, 
and the glory of your great name, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Service of Thanksgiving

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty’s life and reign at Tain Parish Church on Sunday 5th June at 8pm – all are welcome.

Sunday 27th March – Mothering Sunday

Tomorrow, Sunday 22nd March, there will be a services at 11am in St Andrew’s, Tain and St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch for Mothering Sunday.  There will also be a Service of Prayer for World Peace in St Columba’s, Brora at 4:00pm.

 

Mothering Sunday

Since it is Mothering Sunday, there will be posies of spring flowers for all, so take this opportunity to Bring a Friend to share in the joyous celebration of the Family of the Church.  A huge thank you to those who even at this moment are making posies for everyone to take for their mother or a friend or whoever might appreciate it at this, the midway point of Lent.

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 66:13

Don’t forget that the clocks go forward tomorrow, because it would be a great shame if you turned up just as everyone was leaving!  Also Alistair Risk begins his ‘Sleep Out‘ in the church grounds of St Columba’s after the service there, to raise money to buy Shelter Boxes to house refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine.

Prayer for Peace – Sunday 27th March – Brora

A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection

The next in our series of special services for Peace in our World, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and the neighbouring countries, will be

in

St Columba’s Episcopal Church, Brora

on

Sunday 27th March

at 4:00pm

Anyone who wishes to join us

Reflecting on and Praying for Peace

is most welcome.

After the Service Alistair Risk will begin his five nights of camping to support the Rotary Club of East Sutherland in raising funds to send Shelterboxes to Poland and wherever 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. There will be a retiring collection after the service in support of Alistair’s efforts.

A Service of Prayer for Peace in God’s World

Given the tension that now exists across Europe and beyond, it seems appropriate that we should have a series of special services for Peace in our World, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and the neighbouring countries.

The first such service will be

A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection

in

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tain

on

Friday 4th March (the World Day of Prayer)

at 7:30pm

Anyone who wishes to join us

Reflecting on and Praying for Peace

is most welcome.

There will be a retiring collection for the UNHCR.