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.

Ash Wednesday

1) Services in St Finnbarr’s Dornoch (10:30am) and St Andrew’s Tain (6:00pm)

There will be Eucharist services for Ash Wednesday in Dornoch and Tain for those who are able to and happy to attend in person. At these services ‘Marking with Ashes’ will be offered to those who wish to receive it (the Ash will be applied with a little 70% alcohol hand-gel).

All are most welcome at these services.

2) Video Service

We have prepared a service for Ash Wednesday, which has all the traditional elements – Litany, Ashing, etc. It will be available as a video on Youtube, via this page and our facebook page.

The Texts

The Readings themselves can be accessed here: Link to Texts

The Eucharistic Prayer for Lent is Eucharistic Prayer III.

The Video of the Service

The Audio only version:

3) Home Worship Material

The Provincial Liturgy Committee has prepared some useful material for people to worship at home, including a litany, readings, a reflection. prayers, etc.

A short service for Ukraine

A short service consisting of a psalm, a reading and a prayer, which you might like to incorporate elements of into your daily prayer, perhaps also lighting a candle for the people of Ukraine.

From Psalm 83

O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Even now your enemies are in tumult;
those who hate you have raised their heads.

O God, do not keep silence

They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against those you protect.
They say, ‘Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more.’

O God, do not keep silence

Fill their faces with shame,
so that they may seek your name, O Lord.
Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.

O God, do not keep silence

​A Reading from Romans 12:14-21

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, 
but associate with the lowly; 
do not claim to be wiser than you are. 
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, 
but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, 
live peaceably with all. 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, 
but leave room for the wrath of God; 
for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ 
No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; 
if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; 
for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

A Prayer for the People of Ukraine

God of endless love and unchanging truth,

Our hearts despair at the extent of human wickedness,
And break for those who are being so tragically
and unjustly hurt and killed by the attack on Ukraine.

Yet we give you thanks that even in the midst of the horror,
there are so many glimpses of hope, 
in the human kindness and generosity that is being shown,
amongst a shocked and fearful people.

Today and in the days that follow,
We pray for every life that has been turn upside down 
or changed by injury or displacement, 
or loss of friends and loved ones
or fear for the future;

For those whose who are fearful and despairing;
For those who are selflessly responding to the needs of others, 
And will continue to provide care, support and healing.

We pray for all political and community leaders
And those who face the difficult task of protecting and defending their communities,
And nurturing those values on which their well-being depends.

Help us all to build a better world;
A world where difference is seen as an opportunity to broaden our understanding;
Disagreement as the chance to learn and grow,
Where faith is reclaimed to bring out the best of human flourishing,
And turn hearts to all that is good and true,

That your Kingdom may come on earth as it is in Heaven.

Our Father …

AMEN

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Eucharists next week on 2nd March 2022, where the imposition of ashes will be available for those who wish, will be held as follows:

  • 10:30am – St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch
  • 6:00pm – St Andrew’s, Tain

(Please note that there will be NO Thursday midweek service at St Andrew’s, Tain on 3rd March)

World Day of Prayer – Friday 4th March 2022

Artwork by Angie Fox

I Know the Plans I Have for You

I Know the plans I have for you, Plans that you do not yet know: Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future. So whatever you are going through right now. Be assured that I am with you and that rainbow days will be ahead.

My child, Hold on to these promises in your heart and know, as your Father God, I love you.

WDP 2022

Each year on the first Friday of March, people gather in Churches across the world to share in a service of prayer for Peace and Justice. In 1928, at the International Missionary Conference in Jerusalem, Scotswoman Grace Forgan first learned of the World Day of Prayer and brought the news to the United Kingdom. The first service was held in 1930 in Scotland; followed by England in 1932, Wales in 1933 and Northern Ireland in 1943.

Each year the service is prepared by Christian Women in a particular region of the world. This year the service has been prepared by Women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under the title

I know the Plans that I have for You

It is based on the letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylonia.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

The exiles were suffering, there was considerable uncertainty, and also opposing views on how to respond to the challenges of the moment. This echoes the experience of many many people in our world today and so uniting in prayer is a powerful way for Christian People to respond.

We are given a seed of hope to ponder where it needs to be planted in our lives and in our communities. We should take this opportunity, to raise awareness on the needs of our communities and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by prayers of intercession and actions of love, binds us together around the world.

Services Locally

There will be services as follows (we will add to this list if we become aware of others)::

Dornoch – in St Finnbarr’s, School Hill starting at 2:00pm

Brora – In Christ the King, Gower Street starting at 2:30pm

Tain – in St Andrew’s, Manse Road starting at 3:00pm

All are welcome and we hope to welcome you to one of these services.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service – 25th January

Traditionally, 18th-25th January is observed as The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  

Last year we held a very successful service on Zoom with participation from across Sutherland and Easter Ross and beyond.  When we remembered about it, we thought that it would be a good thing to try to mark Christian Unity every year and so we propose a

Zoom service next Tuesday

25th January at 7pm

The Zoom details have been sent out by email, but if you haven’t received them, please get in touch.

The service materials have been prepared by the Christian Churches of the Middle East, including the Orthodox, Coptic and Syriac Churches.  The theme is the Epiphany and there is some splendid Middle Eastern music, which really brings the theme alive. You can access the Order of Service here.

As part of the service there is a ritual act for which you will need a a star – exactly what form depends on your creativity – and also a candle and the means to light it.

All are Welcome

Service for the Feast of the Epiphany

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Adoration of the Magi – Edward Burne-Jones

There will be a Service to mark the

Feast of the Epiphany

at St Andrew’s Church, Tain

on Thursday 6th January 2022

at 6pm

All are welcome

Feast of the Holy Innocents – Tuesday 28th December, 11am at St Columba’s Brora!

Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 2:16-18.

Herod, perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent his soldiers to kill all male children ages two and under that were in Bethlehem and on the boarders, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah: A voice in Rama was heard, of lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailed her children, and would not be comforted, because they were no more.

We keep this feast in order to honour these children as martyrs – they are the first buds of the Church killed by the frost of persecution; they died not only for Christ, but in his stead” (St. Augustine).

Services at Christmas 2021

  • Thursday 23rd DecLessons and Carols
    • St Andrew’s Church, Tain at 3:00pm.

  • Friday 24th Dec – Christmas ‘Midnight’ Services 
    • St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 8:00pm and
    • St Andrews, Tain, at 10:00pm.

  • Saturday 25th DecChristmas Day Services
    • St Maelrubha’s, Lairg at 8:30am,
    • St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 10:00am and
    • St Andrews, Tain at 10:30am.

  • Sunday 26th Dec – Services
    • A Joint Service in St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 11:00am
      (there will be NO SERVICES in St Maelrubha’s, Lairg or St Andrew’s, Tain)
    • Christmas Service at St Columba’s, Brora at 4:00pm