God is working His purpose out

This letter is a hard letter to write, and I’ve not really known where to begin. This is the last Curate’s Letter that I will write as my curacy finishes at the end of August 2021. The past three years have flown by. In that time, there has been laughter, and tears. I have grieved with someContinue reading “God is working His purpose out”

Curate’s Letter: June 2021

Andrei Rublev’s Troitsa: The Trinity Rublev’s icon of the Trinity. May 30th is Trinity Sunday and I explained why we celebrate the Trinity. This icon isn’t used for Trinity Sunday, but Pentecost where the descent of the Holy Spirit is understood as the revelation of the triune God. Looking back at our journey thus far fromContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: June 2021”

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”

Curate’s Letter, August: Land Ahoy!

I wonder… have you come across the wonderful art of Kintsugi? This is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. It embraces the idea in embracing flaws and imperfections, one can create an incredibly beautiful and unique work of art. By highlighting the scars, they become important parts of theContinue reading “Curate’s Letter, August: Land Ahoy!”

Curate’s Letter: Life as normal? Or, life as God wants it?

One of the things I remember reading near the start of this lockdown was a conversation from a mother to her daughter. Her daughter was bored, soon after lockdown began. The mother urged her daughter to keep a journal because she said that in decades to come, the daughter would recall the events around theContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: Life as normal? Or, life as God wants it?”

Curate’s Letter: Living ‘in-between times.’ June 2020

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.Continue reading “Curate’s Letter: Living ‘in-between times.’ June 2020”

Curate’s Letter: The show must go on. March 2020

“The Show Must Go On” was recorded by Queen in 1991. ‘The show must go on’ is a phrase that has been coming back to me time and time again as the political, cultural and emotional climates we are in have changed so rapidly out of all proportion in the past few weeks. Yet, ifContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: The show must go on. March 2020”

Curate’s Letter: Lent 2020

The writing of the Curate’s Letter comes amid the frantic throes of working out just what is required for the season of Lent as well as working in the preparation for not one but two baptisms at Easter and also confirmation classes. I have a mound of chocolates on my desk so I won’t beContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: Lent 2020”

Curate’s Christmas Letter, 2019

It is almost the winter solstice as I write this last letter of 2019 and the first of 2020. The sun is beginning to set having carved a pale arc through the sky. Of course we know that the Earth is almost at its full tilt with the northern hemisphere away from the sun andContinue reading “Curate’s Christmas Letter, 2019”