Building on a Strong Foundation – WDP 2021


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:

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.


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. 

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.

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.

Inverness Cathedral on-line Christmas Services

This year the Inverness Cathedral Services will be available on-line as follows:

Christingle and Crib Service

Christingle and Crib Service

At 5:30pm on Christmas Eve 24th December 2020

Service of Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

At 11:30pm on Christmas Eve 24th December 2020

Service for Christmas Day

Christmas Day Service

At 10:00am on Christmas Day 25th December 2020

Where to find the Services

Services from Inverness Cathedral will be available via the Cathedral’s

for both ‘live’ watching and for later playback.

Carol Service – 20th Dec 2020

Christmas Carols

and Lessons

SUNDAY 20th December

7:00 pm

On Zoom
(Zoom details will be circulated by email)

Join in the singing of old favourites
from the comfort of your armchair

you will each have to supply your own
seasonal refreshments afterwards

all are WELCOME

Making a Canon

On the Feast of St Andrew (30th November 2020) James was Installed as a Canon of The Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Inverness.

James makes his declaration before +Mark

I, James Edward Patrick Currall, appointed to a Canonry in the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Inverness, do solemnly promise, as in the sight of God and God’s elect Angels, that I will diligently and faithfully fulfil the duties of the same, and sedulously observe the Statutes and cause them to be observed by others.

We all ask for God’s help

O Lord, save this your servant
Who puts their trust in you.
Send them help from your holy place.
And evermore mightily defend him.
Let the enemy have no advantage over them.
Nor the wicked approach to hurt them.
Be unto them a strong tower.
From the face of their enemy.
O Lord, hear our prayer.
And let our cry come unto you.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

+Mark calls on the Holy Spirit

O Lord, of your mercy stretch forth the right hand of your Majesty over your servant James, that he may seek thee with his whole heart, and that those things which he asks faithfully he may obtain effectually through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

James is led to his Stall by Provost Sarah

A Seat in the Choir

Inverness Cathedral Canons’ Stalls

On 30th November I will be led by Provost Sarah to my stall in the Cathedral and installed as a Canon and member of Cathedral Chapter at a Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of St Andrew. The service will be live-streamed via the Cathedral Facebook page.

St Drostan’s Stall

My stall is dedicated to St Drostan, who was Abbott of Deer (in Aberdeenshire). Saint Drostan lived around 560 to 630. He was a follower of Saint Columba of Iona and spent a significant period in Aberdeenshire. He later retired to spend time in prayer and contemplation in Glenesk where there is an Episcopal Church dedicated to him and a self-catering lodge/retreat house.

St Drostan’s Church

We know about him because he appears in two old manuscripts, the Book of Deer an illuminated manuscript whose origins date back to the 900s, and Breviarium Aberdonense, (the Aberdeen Breviary) produced by Bishop William Elphinstone in Aberdeen in 1510. His name is also attached to various churches and to other places, such as St Drostan’s Well at Aberlour in Speyside, now the water source for Aberlour Distillery.

Aberlour Distillery

Sunday Services – 8th November 2020

The Sunday Services in St Finnbarr’s Dornoch and St Andrew’s Tain on Sunday 8th November (Remembrance Sunday) will start promptly at 10:50am with an Act of Remembrance, with a 2 minutes silence at 11am.

The Service at St Columba’s Brora will start at 4pm as usual, with an Act of Remembrance and 2 minutes silence.

There are not the usual public services at War Memorials in our communities this year, as such public gatherings are not permitted, but we can do something similar in our Churches.

Three in One

St Columba’s in Brora has been open for Individual Prayer on a Sunday afternoons for many weeks now, but on today (27th September) the Eucharist was once again celebrated in the “Tin Tabernacle”.

It was a lovely occasion, where we marked a Trinity of events. St Columba’s opened for worship after three years of closure due to fire on 28th September 2019, so this weekend marked the first anniversary of resumption of worship.

It was of course our first service since the start of lock-down in March, some six months ago.

Finally, it was the last service of Don Grant’s period of curacy with us and fittingly, he was presented with a painting of Brora beach, to remind him and Silvia of their time with St Columba’s. Thank you Don for what you have done in Brora over the last twelve months and we all wish you well in the next phase of ministry based out of the Cathedral in Inverness.

We weren’t of course able to have a party to celebrate these things but Claudia spend this morning making individual ‘cup-cake’ birthday cakes with a candle in the middle for each member of the congregation – thanks so much Claudia.

Thanks to everyone who helped to prepare the Church, the flowers and provide us with lovely music during the service and of course everyone who was there filling the Church to almost its (COVID) capacity. St Columba’s will now be open for worship each Sunday at 4pm.