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Regular Services:
Sundays
11.30am
Sung Eucharist

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

 
 


 

April Services:
Sun
2nd
11.30 am
Passion Sunday
Sun
9th
11.30 am
Palm Sunday
Wed
12th
10.30 am
Holy Week
Thu
13th
6.30 pm
Maundy Thursday
Fri
14th
7.00 pm
Good Friday
Sat
15th
7.00 pm
Easter Eve
Sun
16th
11.30 am
Easter Day
Sun
16th
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
Sun
23rd
11.30 am
Easter 2
Sun
30th
11.30 am
Easter 3

 

 
 

We welcome Richard Stanley, a member of our Priory, taking the service on 23rd April
and the Revd. Chris Mayo, Priest in Charge of East Sutherland and Tain, on 30th April

 

Also on Good Friday in Thurso church for the three hours we remember Christ on the cross:
12 noon Liturgy and Ante-Communion
1.00 pm Meditation
2.00 pm Liturgy for Good Friday


Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year

 

Lenten Study Group - Wednesdays at 2.0 pm throughout Lent

 

Sunday 9th April at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 11th April 2.0 - 4.0 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.

19th April at 7 pm in the Church Hall
Wednesday Evening with
The first of a series of fascinating talks by prominent members of our community starting with Kenneth McElroy and Iain Maclean on the Caithness Broch Project. Admission 4 to include refreshments.

Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town?
Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from May to September.
This interesting building, on the corner of Moray Street and Francis Street KW1 5QF, 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.

 

Future dates for 2017

Book Sales:
23rd and 24th June
1st and 2nd September
3rd and 4th November

Coffee Mornings:
27th May
1st July
19th August
30th September
25th November

Wednesday Evening with at 7 pm:


17th May -
21st June -
19th July -
16th August -
20th September -

Ken Crossan
Lord-Lieutenant Anne Dunnett
Cara Young
Susie Dingle
Ken Crossan

An intimate journey - Caithness Coastline
On her Majesty's Service
Living my dream
Life as a music conductor

Land of fire & ice - Yellowstone in winter

 

Recent Events:

 

Coffee Morning

As we sprang into spring with our first coffee morning of the year celebrating "Spring Time" - what a morning the weather was, bringing sunshine and showers with hail stones! Lots of people came in spite of the "spring showers" to support the coffee morning and the Church Hall was buzzing! Spring flowers brought a smell to the tables and a spring taste of hot cross buns, gorgeous homemade pancakes and our special milky coffee. We had delicious home baking on our sales table and the raffle with its amazing 10 super prizes.

Thank you to everyone involved with St John's coffee mornings, for making the morning such a success. Raising 221.10 for Church funds. We would not have achieved this without all the generous donations of baking, raffle prizes, flowers and refreshments.

Victoria Denley-Spencer

 



 
 

Rector's Letter

Dear People of Wick and Thurso,

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

We probably all recognise the quotation above from Robert Frost. As we come to the end of Lent and move into Passiontide, then Holy Week, and finally the Easter Season (a season which lasts, by the way, well into May), could we perhaps consider how much this quotation applies to Our Lord, and, following in his steps, how much it should apply to us?

For most of the community around us, Easter is little more than yet another excuse to spend money, and have a holiday. How could we respond instead?

If we work through the readings for Lent, telling of the abduction and enslaving of Joseph, then of the famine and later enslaving of Joseph's own descendants, and then the astonishing liberation from Egypt, we are reminded, surely, to be open to the strange and wonderful ways in which God works with his people. After a ministry at first resoundingly successful, and then increasingly attracting the hostility of those in power in Jerusalem, Jesus is isolated, tortured, murdered.

The hauntingly beautiful carving above of an African man speaks so much of what suffering Jesus must have endured through those last few weeks and days, as he steadfastly continued on the path that his Father had laid out for him to tread. He made himself ridiculous (washing his followers' feet, like the most menial of slaves), and he became an object of scorn and contempt, utterly vulnerable in the face of destructive envy and hatred - simply because he could no more stop loving than he could stop existing.

In fact, we should also read that last clause in the present tense: he can no more stop loving than he can stop existing. Chapter 12 of the Letter to the Hebrews ends: "our God is a consuming fire". In the context, it's referring to the danger of refusing to hear the voice of God, but it can also describe the passionate, blazing heat of God's love, an unwavering determination on the part of God to see us as precious.

There is no way that we can condemn the many people who played a part in the death of Jesus, because each of us does the same, in different contexts. And yet Christ died for each of us and continues to love us, no matter how abominably we behave and how unlovable we might try to make ourselves.

Another hauntingly beautiful image for me is a painting by Nicholas Mynheer, depicting Mary, mother of Jesus, embracing the nameless mother of Judas Iscariot.

In the background are a cross and a gallows in a tree, where the two sons hang dead. A stark reminder of what one of our hymns calls "the loathsomeness of sin" and how a desire to force our own will upon another (as Judas almost certainly tried to do with Jesus) can contribute directly to the loathsomeness.

As followers of this slaughtered Jew, we have already chosen the road less travelled; how do we live this out? Being willing to walk the costly road of Holy Week is a very good way to do so for many Christians, ending with the utter loss of Good Friday.

There is no doubt at all, for anyone who reads the Gospels with an open heart and spirit, that the very last thing that Jesus' followers expected was his resurrection. The sneering multitudes, down the centuries, beginning with the Jewish authorities and continuing to "smart" theologians of our own day, have failed to overturn or explain away the plain evidence and shock expressed in the texts.

There are the plaintive words of the couple on the way to Emmaus, "We trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel", meaning, of course, that he hadn't, and therefore couldn't have been the Messiah, because the Romans had got him and put paid to him in their usual brutal way. All of Jesus's followers knew for certain that they had, so to speak, backed the wrong horse.

Hence too the shock of the women at the tomb early on Easter morning, and the gasped-out distraught words by Mary Magdalene after her frantic running back to the disciples "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." No expectation of resurrection. And hence too, the anguish on the faces of John and Peter running back to the tomb:

The resurrection was utterly and totally unexpected and, at first, inexplicable. It needed (indeed, still needs) the guidance of the Holy Spirit to direct Jesus' disciples to the many teachings of their Master about how the scriptures would be fulfilled so strangely through him, and how his suffering and death were "necessary".

There are bizarre elements too, which through familiarity we fail to notice: as Tom Wright points out, the record in all the gospels is that Jesus appeared first to women. If you compare this with the account of what Paul records in 1 Corinthians 15 as having been given to him "as of first importance", you will see that the women have been silently airbrushed out of the record. Because in the assumptions of the day, women did not count as witnesses, his followers couldn't grasp the significance of Jesus' appearing first to women as part of the new world he was ushering in by his bursting from the tomb.

How does this affect how we celebrate the resurrection, after the loss and despair of the days before? I suggest that we can begin by accepting afresh that God works in ways that we cannot predict or control, and I do mean "works", present tense, not worked: he continues to bring the new creation, of which Jesus' resurrection is just the beginning, into this tortured and groaning world. The question for each of us each Easter continues to be: how far are we prepared to cooperate with our God in bringing about this new creation, or how much shall we continue to obstruct it, and prefer the familiarity of the other road, the road more travelled?

With my love and prayers,

Revd Wendy.

 

 

 

 

 


 
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