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Peace I Give to You

Sermon preached by the Rt Rev Dorsey McConnell At St. Olaf’s Church, Kirkwall The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22, 2022 Texts:  John 14: 23-29; Acts 16: 9-15 It has been a little over three weeks, now, that Betsy and I have been among you.  We have been overwhelmed by the warmth and the kindness…

Creation Time

The period from 1st September until 4th October is celebrated by churches throughout the world as ‘Creation Time’. It’s a time “dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”. The beginning and end dates are significant: 1st September is the first day…

St Olaf’s Day, July 29th

On Sunday 1st of August our Sunday Evening Prayers on Zoom were dedicated to our Patron Saint, St Olaf. Edward Watson had prepared the following information. Edward also found that there is a monastery dedicated to St Olaf in Norway. More on that and lots of picture at: https://www.saintolav-monastery.com/gallery

Procession with relics of St Olaf

Our church is dedicated to St Olaf, who was King of Norway from 1015-1028 and died at the Battle of Stiklestad on 29th July, 1030. During Lent last year (2020), the Orthodox Church in Norway made a four day procession with the relics of St Olaf. The first three days of the procession took place…

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St Magnus Way Pilgrimage

Last week Bishop Anne Dyer led a pilgrimage along the St Magnus Way A core group of seven pilgrims were joined by others on some days. The morning started with devotions at the starting point of the walk for that day. As well as lots of conversation while walking there was also plenty of time…

Traidcraft Regenerator’s Appeal

Orkney Fair Trade Group have been really fortunate to be offered a week in The Blue Door during the week commencing Monday May 24th and they plan to donate any funds raised to the Traidcraft Regenerator’s Appeal. Regenerators are people who tackle the climate crisis face on and help build a better, greener world for…

Easter Greetings

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! This Easter, the leaders of the churches which make up the Kirkwall Council of Churches have got together to record a message for Easter. It’s wonderful to hear the different voices read the Easter story from Luke’s gospel, and to hear the Salvation Army band play Thine…

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