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The Word This Week – 19th June

Dear Friends in the Northwest

This week is the second Sunday after Pentecost and there are services in Ullapool and Achiltibuie. I am grateful to Fr David who has provided this week’s reflection. Next Sunday, the third after Pentecost, there will be services in Ullapool, Lochinver and Kinlochbervie.

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church took place in Edinburgh last week. As Primus, Bishop Mark gave his charge to Synod during the opening Eucharist, speaking on a Christian response to many of the challenges facing our world and nation. If you have internet access, it is well worth listening to and can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6XiBMks3zI (it lasts about 10 minutes).

Bishop Rob Hardwick, the priest at St Ninian’s, Glenurquhart has offered to come over to lead a study day for us that takes a forensic look at the Bible. He writes:

As a person who came to faith as a police officer I can share the importance of examining and sifting the evidence of Scripture and understanding the historical, cultural and geographical in order to fully engage with the message of Scripture today. If we began at 10am, after introductions, coffee and opening worship, we would consider first the ages of the disciples. Then in an interactive way we would look at all four Gospels as they relate to the last supper and, as we do, we will also learn about the cultural traditions relating to special meals of the day. Knitting all four Gospels together uncovers truths often overlooked and allows the full message to impact us in a refreshing and faith building way. After lunch I would encourage all present to literally walk (in an ignation fashion) through a passage of Scripture freeze framing as we proceed to ask questions of the Scriptures and how we might have experienced the story had we had been there.

+Rob has led this course in Canada (where he was a bishop) and also in Glenurquhart where it has been well-received. Here, I anticipate that it would take place on a Saturday in the autumn in Ullapool. It is open to all our congregations and will also be offered to the other local congregations. In the first instance, I would like to see if there is sufficient interest to take this forward so, if you would like to participate in such a day, please would you let me have a note of your interest.

For your information, I will be on holiday from Monday 27th June to Tuesday 5th July. Fr David Higgon will lead the services in Ullapool on Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 3rd July and will provide pastoral cover for any emergencies for the Achiltibuie and Ullapool congregations. Fr John Green will provide emergency pastoral cover for the Lochinver and Kinlochbervie congregations.

With love and prayers

Rev’d Clare

Please click the link below for this week’s reflection

22 06 2nd after Pentecost.pdf