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Regular Services: (but see also below)
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am
Said Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

Additional services where possible on Holy Days, Church Feasts etc.


August Services:
11:30 am
Transfiguration of Our Lord
10:30 am

Dominic, Priest and Friar

11:30 am

Pentecost 9

11:30 am
Pentecost 10
11:30 am
Pentecost 11

On 4th and 25th we welcome the Rev'd. Robert Breaden as our celebrant and preacher

Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Church Open Days

Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town? Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from 1st May to September. This interesting building, on the corner of Moray Street and Francis Street, has commemorative wall tablets and decorative windows, as well as the normal church furnishings and equipment. It is open to believers and non-believers alike. You can come to see it as interesting architecture, a place of worship, or a place of quiet contemplation. One or more church members will be on hand to offer a guided tour if you wish, but there is a self-guide leaflet if you prefer, or you can just sit in one of the pews, or a soft chair, to absorb the quiet atmosphere.

As an added attraction, this year we are offering second-hand novels for sale at bargain prices, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


Sunday 11th in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 13th 2:15 - 3:30 pm in the Church Hall
Our Befriending tea room will be open again. The usual team will be on hand to meet and greet. There is always an open invitation to any member of St John's congregation to come along for the afternoon.

Friday 23rd 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Church Hall
Sit'n Stitch Day
All aspects of stitching welcome. Be inspired and encouraged by the company and friendly chat. An opportunity to finish cross stitch kits or learn a new skill like patchwork or even take up a hem or two. Tea and coffee on tap. Bring your own packed lunch. Please phone Lyn to book a table - 07890 902816. 5 a day

Saturday 24th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Church Hall
Crochet Along
We meet on the third Saturday of most months. Beginners and more experienced crocheters most welcome. We get together to exchange ideas and discuss what's trending in the world of crochet. We share patterns & skills to encourage the art of crochet. The day runs from 10am-4pm but if you can only manage a morning or afternoon that's fine. 5 regardless of how long you stay. Complementary coffee & tea. Bring a packed lunch if staying for the day. Sharing time together is a great way to make new friends, learn or improve a skill and keep alive a technique of handicraft. To confirm dates or other information get in touch with Lyn on 07890 902816

Saturday 24th 10:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Crask Inn
Worship through Creativity

Saturday 24th from 1:00 pm in the Kenneth Street Hall, Inverness
Healthy Healing Hubs project .pdf
Teaching and training day on Health and Healing Ministry


Other events for 2019

Book Sales:
6th and 7th September

Coffee Mornings:
14th September
30th November

1st September at 3pm
Evensong to celebrate 150 years of worship at Inverness Cathedral

14th September in Inverness Cathedral
Ordination to the Diaconate

21st September at 12:30 pm
Ordination of Ellie Charman to the Priesthood

28th September from 10:30 am at Golspie Primary School and St. Columba's Brora
Regional Synod
(Richard Stanley is our lay representative)

Save the Date: Saturday 14th December, 2.00pm
A Provincial Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth.
More details to follow.

See also Love North


Parish Pixels:

What Makes Us Special? Ecclesiastical Insurance are running a competition for churches with a chance to win a regional prize of 1500, or 5000 for the national winner. The insurer is calling on budding photographers to capture the essence of their church in a single snapshot, with a one-sentence caption to accompany it. The judges will assess the photo based on its visual impact, originality and interpretation of the theme. There is only one entry per church allowed.

The Vestry thought we could have our own competition to find the best photograph to enter. Please have your entries to Jeanette by Saturday 21st September so we can meet the competition deadlines. Photographs must be taken with a camera or smartphone, but not polaroid cameras. A digital image would allow us to submit the entry on-line. A small prize is on offer to the winner!

Jeanette Harper


For sale in aid of church funds

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped. Proceeds to church funds.

Available in church (after a service) or contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda at stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.


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Recent Events :

On Sunday 21st July the Most Revd. Mark Strange licensed Alan Finch as our Lay Reader and admitted Judith Crow to the Scottish Guild of Servers.
Bishop Mark also blessed the Votive Candle Stand donated to St John's by Neil Thompson in memory of his wife Mary.

Clemency Crow has recently been appointed our Protection of Vulnerable Groups Coordinator.



Curate's Letter

Who is my neighbour?

"Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live." But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:25-42

These are the Gospel readings from the past two Sundays. The latter follows immediately on from the former in the Gospel according to Luke, and I wonder why Luke felt these stories go together? I wonder too, how these stories apply in our lives today?

I would like us to turn initially to the story of Mary and Martha and to journey back in time to the original Greek. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the reading of Mary and Martha is thus:

"Now as they went on their way, he [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a certain woman named Martha received him. And she had a sister called Mary, who also having sat at the feet of the Lord was listening to his word. But Martha was distracted about her service; she came and asked, "Lord, does it not concern you that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, speak to her that she might help." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled by many things; one thing however is necessary, and Mary has chosen the one thing, a good portion, which will not be taken away from her."

The differences are subtle but the nuances and way in which the story is told changes our understanding of the story. Many generations of scholars, teachers, and preachers have read so much into this story and have made it quite a gendered story. Martha is portrayed as being in the kitchen preparing food. She is usually pitted against her sister with the ultimate question asked of whether one is a 'Mary' or a 'Martha.' Mary's decision is described as being 'better,' but this is not what is written in the Greek.

We make the assumption that Martha received Jesus into her home. The Greek does not mention the disciples being received as well as Jesus. The two of them (Mary and Martha) were listening to Jesus. Our more literal translation includes the word: also. Mary, wherever she had been, came in and also listened to Jesus. But Martha was distracted. Yes, this could have been about food preparation - the hospitality required for guests. In many Bible translations, this distraction appears to refer to the tasks that a woman would be doing in the kitchen because this was the woman's job in many different societies throughout the ages. However, the word used for service is diakonia and is where we acquire our word 'deacon.' It is only in this point of Luke's Gospel that the word is translated as 'tasks' (NRSV), 'preparations' (NIV & NEB), 'serving' (NKJV), 'work' (GNB). Strong's Concordance shows that elsewhere in the Bible, diakonia refers to ministry, service, contribution for relief, mission, and support.

Let us, therefore, take away the assumptions about food in this context and think on what really matters in this story. Martha was distracted. She was sitting and listening to Jesus but was possibly feeling guilty that she wasn't doing what she felt she had to do - her ministry - whatever that entailed. Her ensuing conversation with Jesus shows that she felt able to talk to Jesus freely and that he treated her as an equal. Something we take for granted but was not common in that culture. She obviously wanted Mary to help her in her ministry and felt that Mary would obey the patriarchal figure of Jesus if he told her what to do. But of course, he doesn't do what is expected of him. Jesus speaks of the necessity of listening to himself as the teacher. We have no idea what he was speaking on and who else was listening as this is irrelevant to Luke's story. Therefore, what is Luke's point? Could it be about our focus? When presented with a situation where we have a teacher with something important to say, what are we doing? Because whatever we are doing at that point in time is the most important thing in our life at that particular moment. What does that say about us as followers of Christ? This then is where the parable of the Good Samaritan comes into our lives.

"Just then a person stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live." But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?" Jesus replied, "A person was going from 'A' to 'B' and broke a leg/fell ill/had a stroke/was hospitalised. Now by chance a pedestrian was going past; and when the person in need was seen, the pedestrian passed by on the other side. He said to himself, "I have no time. Someone else can meet their needs." So likewise, another individual, when the person in need was seen, passed by on the other side, shrugged and said to him or herself, "I don't really know that person." But a Samaritan while travelling came near... "Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the person who was unable to help themselves?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Now, in the original story, Jesus typecasts the two who passed on the other side as members of the Judaistic priestly class because he is teaching Jews. He uses imagery abhorrent to the Jews to make a point. He uses the idea of a Samaritan, a person cast away from the Jews because of their beliefs and principles as the kind, caring and compassionate one. Imagine, then, if I were to typecast the pedestrian and individual above as Christian No. 1 and Christian No. 2 and the Samaritan as a homeless person?

The pedestrian and the individual in the story above are so involved in their own lives that their focus is not on Christ. Martha is possibly feeling guilty that she is not getting on with her ministry - whatever that might be. Her focus is no longer on Christ, even though he is in her house at this very moment in time.

This then, is where our diakonia comes in. This is not just the responsibility of an ordained deacon in the church but is the call of everyone who chooses to follow Christ. To be a Samaritan to the person in need wherever that person is. Whether that person in need is visible and in front of us or is housebound or in hospital. The story of Martha and Mary shows that it is possible to have Christ live within us and still be caring and compassionate to those around us. We no longer have to choose whether we are a 'Mary' or a 'Martha;' we can be both. We can sit and learn from the Teacher of whom we follow as Christians and we can retain that focus and be in service and be a Samaritan. To do so shows that we are a part of the community around us and that our faith is relevant to the people we know and don't yet know in our communities.





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