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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
First Wednesday each month
10.30 am
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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

 
 

June Services:
Sun
3rd
11:30 am
Pentecost 2
Wed
6th
10:30 am
Columba of Iona, Abbot, 597
Sun
10th
11.30 am
Pentecost 3
Sun
17th
11.30 am
Pentecost 4
Sun
17th
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
Sun
24th
11.30 am
Pentecost 5
 
 

On Sunday 10th June we welcome the Rev'd. Richard Burkitt as our celebrant and preacher


 

Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th June
General Synod papers and watch the Primus's Charge via YouTube

Friday 8th June 10.0 am - 4.0 pm
Sit & Stitch Day in the Church Hall
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

Sunday 10th June 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 12th June 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.

 

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Church Hall
Book Sale
There will be another of our well-attended book sales with recent donations of books, CDs and DVDs available at our usual low prices. We will also have gramophone records, at bargain prices, all checked as playable.
The income from our book sales goes to various church projects, so you are not just getting a great deal, but the church gets help as well. Our latest project is a toilet extension for the church, and that costs many thousands these days. We will have to raise a lot of that money before we can make a start on that essential task.
Gordon Johnson

 

Sunday 30th June at 6:30 pm in St. Gilbert's Cathedral, Dornoch
Licensing of the Rev'd Simon Scott to serve the congregations of East Sutherland and Tain at a service of Choral Evensong.

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 9th 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 books for sale at less than a pound each. They are of all types, not just religious, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


 

Future events for 2018

Book Sales:
7th and 8th September
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Mornings:
28th July
29th September
24th November

Creative Felting Workshop
Saturday July 21st

Scottish Episcopal Church Youth Week
22nd - 28th July

Doors Open Day
15th September

See also Love North

 

Recent Events:

 

 

 


 
 

Priest's Letter

from the Revd. Dr. James Currall of Scottish Episcopal Church - Dornoch, Tain & Lairg

 

Kindled with the Fire

"Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return."

Strong words from a writer who I turn to from time to time, to challenge me, Annie Dillard, written in a book called 'Teaching a Stone to Talk'. Annie clearly sees the potential for encounter with God as very powerful, to be taken seriously and not to be trifled with. Perhaps we don't explicitly talk enough about the power of the Holy Spirit or the Holy Spirit more generally, except perhaps passingly at Pentecost. God the Father seems straight-forward enough and God the Son we read about in the real-life stories of the Gospels week by week, but God the Holy Spirit?

I don't know about you, but there are times when the prospect of coming to church doesn't always fill me with the Holy Joy that perhaps it should do. But you know once we get down to the serious business of invoking the name of what Annie calls the "Sleeping God", something happens. I don't know exactly what it is, but it happens. I don't know quite when it occurs, but it happens. I don't know precisely what causes it, but it happens. The assembled company become the body of Christ, infused with the Holy Spirit, that "fills our hearts with love".

One of the joys of the Scottish Episcopal tradition is that in our Eucharistic Liturgies we have an explicit Epiclesis. That is the part of the Eucharistic prayer in which the presence of the Holy Spirit is invoked to bless the elements or the communicants or wonderfully in our case, both. In most of our Eucharistic Prayers it goes like this:

Hear us, most merciful Father,
and send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and this wine,
that, overshadowed by his life-giving power,
they may be the Body and Blood of your Son,
and we may be kindled with the fire of your love
and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.

"and we may be kindled with the fire of your love", I just love that bit, it sends a tingle down my spine every time. We're asking for the Holy Spirit to descend on our community of faith, to bless us, to change us and to elevate us beyond all our human weakness, our human failings and our human imaginings.

At Pentecost and every Sunday the Spirit descends, not on us as isolated individuals all with our own likes, dislikes and foibles, but on our assembly, to raise us to something more divine and just a little less human. The result is an ever deeper common life; united in prayer, united in the breaking of bread, united in action in the world, united in love. As Disciples of Christ we share at least some of our lives, some of our resources and some of our talents for the benefit of others.

Common life in the early church was built across the boundaries of gender, of ethnicity and of social class. It subverted the values and hierarchies of the Roman Empire and by the power of the Spirit, that life is to be taken to every corner of the earth. That subversion is what we should be about - filled with the Spirit.

As Paul says in his letter to the Romans: "The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

Blessings
James

 

 

 

 


 
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