St Columba’s, Brora Services

The Church

From the beginning of August (this coming Sunday), there will be a service in St Columba’s, Brora each Sunday.

The services will be as follows:

1st Sunday – Meditative Service

2nd Sunday – Service of Eucharist

3rd Sunday – Service of Prayer and Healing

4th Sunday – Service of Eucharist

5th Sunday – Service of the Word

All services start at 4pm and everyone is welcome.

Web site Liturgical Resources

There are three sets of Liturgical Resources at the right hand side of each page on our web site :

Sunday Eucharist Readings

This links to a web site that provides a list of the readings for the next important Feast Day (which is usually the following Sunday). Clicking on it will take you to the readings themselves. The site providing this is a US university and so occasionally the next Feast Day is one that we don’t celebrate, but it is usually accurate. If there are two OT readings and two Psalms, we use the second of each.

Weekday Eucharist Readings

This links to a web site that provides a list of the readings for the Daily Eucharist today. Clicking on it will take you to the readings themselves. One caveat is that since the site is a Roman Catholic one, the Sunday readings do not always align with the ones that we use, but it’s fine for other days.

Daily Prayer

This links to the services published on the Scottish Episcopal Church Daily Prayer web pages and is updated three time a day with Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, at 5am, 12pm and 6pm respectively.

Ascension Day Service

The Ascension by Tissot

Today (13th May) is the Feast of the Ascension. We will celebrate this Feast with a Service in St Andrew’s, Tain at 7pm. All are very welcome as we mark this final event in Jesus’ life with His Disciples.

N.B. there will be no Wednesday midweek service in St Andrew’s this week.

Stations of the Resurrection

We are now in the 40 days from the Resurrection at Easter until the Ascension.  In this time Jesus appeared many times to individuals and groups, as our Eucharistic Prayer for this season puts it so beautifully:

Making himself known in the breaking of the bread,
speaking peace to the fearful disciples,
welcoming weary fishers on the shore,
he renewed the promise of his presence,
and of new birth in the Spirit
who sets the seal of freedom on your sons and daughters.

Using some of the passages describing these events, together with short reflections and prayers and some rather wonderful paintings by the French Artist Tissot, Stations of the Resurrection provides the opportunity to see how Jesus came to the Disciples as they tried to make sense of all that had happened and tried to return to their old lives.  Their dreams had been shattered and they found themselves feeling ineffective and discouraged.  If that is how you have been feeling over the past year or so then maybe it will give you renewed hope in the future.

A Service of Prayer for The Annunciation

Thursday (25th) is the Feast of the Annunciation, commemorating the appearance of Gabriel to Mary, nine months before the Birth of Jesus.

To mark this occasion, Simon will be leading

A Service of Prayer for The Annunciation

on Zoom at 7pm

The service will be a little over half and hour and will include some singing, prayer, scripture and a homily and will be our last on-line service before churches are allowed to open again (although we will still have some services on-line from time to time, especially in Holy Week).

The Zoom details are the same as for all our on-line services, if you can’t find them in your emails, please get in touch.

Building on a Strong Foundation – WDP 2021

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, 5th March 2021

Build on a strong foundation’

Written by Christian women of Vanuatu

All Welcome!

This year it will not be possible for the Churches to get together as usual, except via Zoom and there will be a variety of such services taking place.

National Service

This will be hosted by the Scottish Committee of the WDP and will be held at 2pm on 5th March (Zoom open from 1:45pm).

Easter Ross Service

Hosted by the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group and will also be held at 2pm on 5th March.

Sutherland Service

Hosted by Lairg CoS and will be held at 6:45pm on 5th March

Zoom Details

All are welcome at any of these Services and I have circulated Zoom joining details for the Sutherland and Easter Ross Services to the members of the relevant congregations by email. If anyone wants Zoom details for the National Service or wishes to join one of the other, but han’t got the appropriate details, email me and I will pass them on. For security reasons these details will no be shared on web sites or on social media.

A file containing the Order of Service is available here

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25th January

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally held between 18-25 January. In 2021 that means for a week starting tomorrow (Monday). Sadly we will not all be able to get together in person as the Christian Community, but that does not stop us from making use of materials that have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.

The theme that they have chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses the Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family. For 2021, the sisters are inviting churches across the world to enter into their tradition of prayer and silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Church. Those ancient traditions include the offices of daily prayer which are prayed by individuals and groups each day in many many places and settings around the world. Although these individuals and groups are praying separately, they are also praying together and those who pray the office daily feel this togetherness very strongly.

Whilst the original version of this year’s material for Ecumenical Celebration was created for communal worship, the tradition of prayer and silence lends itself well to this period of lockdown. A simplified version of their communal service was prepared by Lynne Chitty, on behalf of ROOTS for Churches Ltd who publish weekly worship and learning resources at: www.rootsontheweb.com.

I have modified Lynne’s version for use at home in lockdown, so that we can all join in this celebration of what unites us as Christians. I hope that you can join with me in praying for Christian Unity this week at whatever time and place that may be.

Blessings
James

There are two versions of the simplified service:

Two prayers from the Scottish Prayer Book

In the time of any common Plague or Sickness

O ALMIGHTY and merciful God,
with whom are the issues of life and death:
Grant us, we beseech thee,
help and deliverance in this time of grievous sickness and mortality,
and sanctify to us this affliction,
that in our sore distress we may turn our hearts unto thee;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

For the Unity of the Church

O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior,
the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the
great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away
all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us
from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body
and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith,
one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all
of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth
and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and
one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Our Active Worship on-line Services

There is now a local on-line Epiphanytide Eucharist for the rest of January available via our Active Worship on-line page.  This service is part of a series of services that have been provided since May, replaced as the seasons change.

The way that we have organised these materials is to try and allow as many as are able to Worship together, sharing in the offering the Liturgy, the Prayers and the Readings.  To facilitate active participation:

  1. After each bidding, there’s a gap for you to respond in the same way as you would in Church,
  2. You pray the appropriate Collect for the Day,
  3. You look up and deliver the Readings for the Day,
  4. You offer you own Intercessions to God as part of our worship.

At points 2, 3 & 4 you’ll need to pause the playback until you’ve offered the prayers or readings.  In addition you could also pause it to sing a hymn, play a piece of music, reflect on the readings or read a sermon.

To help with 2 & 3, we’ve prepared a document containing the Collects and Readings for each Sunday from Epiphany to Candlemas.  These are available via the Active Worship on-line page under ‘Services’ on our website.

The Epiphanytide service was recorded in St Andrew’s Tain and a new service will be recorded for Lent in St Finnbarr’s in the next week or two.

Other service that are being planned include:

  • Lessons and Music for Candlemas – Tuesday 2nd February at 7:30pm
  • An online Ash-Wednesday service on 17th February, with the virtual ‘imposition of ashes’
  • A celebration of Mothering Sunday on 14th March

Meanwhile we will continue to distribute weekly sermons via the web site, email and post.

Eucharist for the Baptism of Christ

At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus travelled from Galilee to the River Jordan. John the Baptist was there preaching and baptising the people that came to him. Jesus went to John and asked to be baptised.

It is this event that we celebrate this Sunday (10th January 2021).

The Readings this year are:

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

The Service will be available here on YouTube at 11am on 10th January and at any time thereafter.

Watch from 11am on 10th January

The Text of the Sermon will also be available from 11am on 10th January.