Dear Friends in the Northwest,
Today is the second Sunday of Easter. I prepared this newsletter before the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was announced. Much has been said over the last two days expressing the nation’s, and the world’s, condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and of Prince Philip’s many achievements and his contributions. Rather than rush to add my own thoughts, I will share with you the following Prayer of Commemoration which has been prepared by the Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In addition, Bishop Mark has requested that we pray for the Queen and the Royal Family, particularly on Sunday, and that we remember Prince Philip in our prayers for the departed.
Gracious God, giver of all life,
in whom our earthly course finds its fulfilment:
we give you thanks for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
for his service to this nation, the Commonwealth, and humanity,
in war and in peace,
in the pursuit of knowledge,
and in his example of reverence for your creation.
We give thanks for the encouragement he offered to the young,
and for his faithful support for Elizabeth our Queen.
We pray that, as you receive him into your presence,
his family and all who mourn may know your comfort
in the assurance that death is swallowed up in victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and in eternity. Amen.
Now that Easter is over, it is my intention that we try to resume a regular pattern of worship, albeit with some changes for the time being at least. At present, this is as follows:
Ullapool – Holy Eucharist at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday and 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday
Achiltibuie – Holy Eucharist at 2.30 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (this change of Sunday is a permanent change with effect from this month, the next service being on Sunday 18th April) in the Coigach Community Hall
Lochinver – Holy Eucharist at 2.30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month in Inchnadamph Old Kirk (this will remain our venue until we are permitted to return to the Assynt Centre).
Kinlochbervie – I am sorry to say that I am still looking for a venue closer to KLB for the congregation to meet. I have a couple of options to follow up, but if nothing materialises, I will continue to hold an additional service on the fourth Sunday of the month at 5.00 p.m. at Inchnadamph Old Kirk for those who are able to travel.
Please remember to let me know in advance if you wish to attend services to ensure that we remain compliant with the Covid regulations.
With love and prayers,
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