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”

Curate’s Letter: Christmas 2019

Last month, I wrote about harvest and plastic consumption and how the harvest ended up on our breakfast tables. I received a query as to how and why Christians should be concerned about this and why I would write about that in a parish magazine. Inherent in our worship of the Christ are our ChristianContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: Christmas 2019”

Curate’s Letter: November 2019

This month, like many others, I find myself juggling a hundred and one things as I prepare and organise the myriad of different services to and within the community here in Caithness. By the time this magazine goes to press I will have conducted four funerals in as many weeks. While not wishing to soundContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: November 2019”

Assistant Curate’s letter: What is love?

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”                                                                                  John 13:34-35 On Sunday we explored these three sentences. What it means to love one anotherContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: What is love?”

Assistant Curate’s letter: May

Happy Easter to you all. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! As I write this, the sun is shining and birds are singing. There is wall to wall blue sky and children are outside playing in the warmth of this April morning. We are so fortunate to have land that we can accessContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: May”