I find it hard to believe (or understand) that there is hunger in Inverness – I suppose that like most of us I live in an area where we don’t see the effects of poverty and hunger, at least not up front and personal.  At our Cathedral in Inverness, led I believe by Rev Sarah Murray they are doing something positive about it in a no blame no shame way.   Do read about it – you may be able to help.

The school summer holidays for many here in Scotland and in the Highlands, are probably beginning to fade into the distance of memories.  For many there will still be stories to tell of the wonderful time that was had and the adventures that were shared with families and friends…

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David Jasper pre-reviews the annual Scottish Episcopal Institute Annual Lecture.

Language and literature lie at the very heart of the life of the Church, in the words of the Bible and in the poetics of worship and liturgy. It is rarely acknowledged that St. Augustine roots some of his most profound theology in the theory of music, and strangely easy to neglect the fact that the art and architecture of the West would hardly exist without the impetus of the Christian faith…  You can read the full article at:- www.pisky.scot


There will be a Coffee Morning at Hopeman Memorial Hall on Saturday 16th September from 10 to 12.00.    The background to the Coffeee Morning is interesting.   Busega Scotland is working with Busega District Council and the Rotary Clubs of Elgin and Mwanza to establish a piped water supply for Mayega Children’s Centre. A pipe from the centre will then carry water to a Sanitation Block in Mayega village – this would be the first time in 40 years that the villagers will have the benefit of running water. Can you believe it?

A family, Leigh Anne Hepburn, and her children are hosting the Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Sanitation Block. It will be built with the villagers, as a cost-effective prototype, with a view to replicating it elsewhere in the area. The other good news is that the District Water Engineer in Busega has informed us that he is finalising a contract to bring a pipe to the village and, all being well, water should be flowing next month. How fantastic that would be.

Please support the Hepburn family’s efforts by relaxing in Hopeman on Saturday!


The Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist has been announced today and has an even UK-US split. It is
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The winner will be announced on 17th October.
See theManBookerPrize.com/fiction for more information and details of author readings.
Submitted by:  Gillian H


Gillian tells us that today brings good news –  for book lovers and potential bookworms now is the time to head to Elgin Library.   The Spirit of Moray Book Festival 2017 launches today and is at Elgin Library until 16th September. Many exciting talks with tickets still available. See http://www.moray.gov.uk/moraybookfestival for more information.

The Man Booker shortlist comes out on Wednesday – look out for that.


Given at Gordon Chapel by Jeff L (based on Amos 7.7-17 and Luke 10.25-370

Amos had a vision of God holding a plumb-line to a wall.   Why not look at the reading (Amos 7.7-17).

Hand out ‘plumb-lines’ to all on arrival.

When I was in the army as a 16 yr old apprentice electrician, we worked with other trades to learn a little about their construction skills.   They had a vast array of modern tools, many highly technical or mechanised. But one of the most important tools was a very simple one – a ‘plumb-line’ – just a weight on a length of wire. It helped to ensure that things were really vertical.   Continue reading “SERMON FOR EVENSONG 10 SEP 2017”