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.

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

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