The Baptism of our Lord

By Rev Ellie. Readings: Gen 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 Today marks the Baptism of the Lord. We moved from his birth on Christmas Day to his naming and circumcision; and on to the Epiphany: The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles when we celebrated that God’s intention was to include the Gentiles (people like youContinue reading “The Baptism of our Lord”

Welcome: Reflection – The Baptism of Our Lord

By Alan Finch. We are now into Epiphany; a word with more than one understanding especially for us as Christians.  One meaning of the word epiphany is a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of something that is very important to you and secondly, at least for us as Christians it is describes a powerful religious experience. For us as Christians our LordContinue reading “Welcome: Reflection – The Baptism of Our Lord”

The essence of God

Gen 1:1-5, 12-19, 1 Jn 1:1-9, John 20:1-8, by Rev Ellie St John the Evangelist: Patronal Festival There’s a reason St John has his patronal festival straight after Christmas – it’s not some random placement in the liturgical calendar – it’s because what John writes about is so integral to our faith. There’s a reasonContinue reading “The essence of God”

November 1st 2020 – All Saints/All Souls

The Sermon on the Mount, by Neil Thompson The Gospel today, as you have all just heard, is the beginning of what has become to be known as the Sermon on the Mount. It is fairly early on in Jesus’ Ministry and word has got around about this new preacher who can not only teachContinue reading “November 1st 2020 – All Saints/All Souls”

Curate’s Letter: November

We have succeeded in opening both Episcopal churches in Caithness. Gathered worship is happening once again, albeit in a different fashion from what we are used to. Teams from across both congregations are enabling this to happen, safely and in accordance with both government and SEC guidance. Pastoral practicalities are being worked through as weContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: November”

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (25th October)

Deut 34:1-12, 1 Th 2:1-8, Mt 22:34-46. By Rev Ellie. On these commandments hang all the law and the prophets. What two commandments? The first one ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Comes from the second part of Shema, whichContinue reading “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (25th October)”

Reflection for the 25th October

Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6,13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46. By Barrie Cran, Lay Reader. Collect:  Lord God our redeemer, who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery, free us from the tyranny of sin and death, and by the leading of your Spirit bring us toContinue reading “Reflection for the 25th October”

First service at St Peter’s following Lockdown

Ex 33:12-22, Ps 99, 1 Th 1:1-10, Mt 22:15-22. By Rev Ellie. To the church of St Peter & the Holy Rood, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before ourContinue reading “First service at St Peter’s following Lockdown”

Harvest Festival, St John’s.

by Rev Ellie. (Deut 8:7-18, 2 Cor 9:6-15, Luke 12:16-30) What does Harvest mean to you? What does it mean to town dwellers? What do you think it means to those who live their entire lives in cities? Who perhaps have never left the council estates? Don’t tell me that no one ever lives their livesContinue reading “Harvest Festival, St John’s.”