Dear Friends in the Northwest,
This is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, traditionally known as Passion Sunday, a day when we enter into a more solemn observance of Lent as we approach Holy Week.
As I am sure you are all aware, this Tuesday is the anniversary of the beginning of the first Coronavirus lockdown in this country. There are various initiatives to mark this. The First Minister is leading a minute’s silence at midday. The #Light for Lives initiative encourages us to light a candle at 7 p.m. to remember and reflect on those who we’ve lost and the families who have endured that loss. There are also other similar initiatives to light candles in the evening. I hope that we will all be able to offer our prayers on Tuesday for all who have suffered, and continue to suffer, in so many ways as a result of this pandemic, in this country and across the world.
On a brighter note, following the First Minister’s announcement that communal worship will be allowed to resume from 26th March, I have been preparing for our congregations to do just that as we are able. For members of the Achiltibuie, Lochinver and Ullapool congregations, you will have received a letter or email which sets out the proposed services and the arrangements for them. For members of the Kinlochbervie congregation, we still do not have anywhere to meet – I have been trying to resolve that but without success so far. There will be services each day during Holy Week in St Mary’s Ullapool and you will be most welcome to attend these if you happen to be down here. Also, the Lochinver congregation will have services at Inchnadamph Old Kirk on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Please get in touch with me if you would like to attend in Ullapool or Inchnadamph as space is limited in both places with social distancing requirements and I need to know in advance who is coming. I have no wish to be turning people away at the door.
With love and prayers,
Please click the link below for this week’s readings and reflection