Curate’s Letter: The show must go on.

“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.”

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

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”

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

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”

Curate’s Letter: October

“We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…” Words that most of us are acquainted with and a good harvest hymn. With the traditional tattie holidays just around the corner, we find that we have come to a point of year where the harvest is being brought in. On Sunday, justContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: October”

Asst. Curate’s letter: September

“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said. “Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh. “Yes, but—-” “Why ruin it?” he said. “But you could be doing something Important,” I said. “I am,” said Pooh. “Oh? Doing What?” “Listening,” he said. “Listening to what?” ‘To the birds. And that squirrel over there.” “What are theyContinue reading “Asst. Curate’s letter: September”

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: Easter

Last month I asked where our priorities lay. I asked if we choose to be outward focussed? Who could choose, whatever the cost, to reach out to others? Who would choose to help others in poverty, despair or addictions so that they may come to know the love and peace of Christ?  This month IContinue reading “Assistant Curate’s letter: Easter”