The SEC’s official response to today’s media reports.

https://www.scotland.anglican.org/sec-statement-in-response-to-media-report/ SEC statement in response to media report January 9, 2021  The Scottish Episcopal Church would like to make clear that, contrary to what has been reported in The Times newspaper today, there is no investigation into Bishop Anne Dyer over matters affecting the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney. The investigation referred to in the Times report is a local one, instigated and instructed by the Trustees of St Andrew’s Cathedral, “to investigate and provide potential solutions to the current issues surrounding the Director of Music, and subsequent breakdown in working relationships”. A statement given to The Times on Thursday, in response to a series of damaging claims which the newspaper has published today, said: “A process has been in place since October 2020 to resolve difficulties over provision of music at St Mary’s pro [acting] cathedral in Aberdeen, and that process has led to the appointment by the Trustees of St Andrew’s Cathedral of an independent human resources company to investigate and provide potential solutions

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Statement in Response to Articles published in the Times 9/1/21 regarding Bishop Anne and the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney

Dear friends at St Ternan’s, I am sad to have to intimate that, due to the determined efforts of one member of our congregation, two articles have appeared in this morning’s Times which bring our Bishop, our diocese and the SEC itself into disrepute. I would ask you to hold Bishop Anne, the Primus Mark Strange, the Organist, congregation and Provost of St Andrew’s Aberdeen (formerly The Cathedral), Father Terry Taggart, the musicians and congregation of St Mary’s Aberdeen (The Pro-Cathedral) and Lord Simon Glenarthur in your prayers. Within the Times’ reporting of the two stories there are certain inaccuracies I feel compelled to comment upon. I was not present at the service in St Mary’s Aberdeen which lies at the heart of this issue, so despite having heard numerous eyewitness accounts, I do not feel it is appropriate for me to comment upon it. My understanding is that Lord Glenarthur was not present either. The article entitled:  Bishop at

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Christmas Eve Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Opening Thursdays: From Psalm 98, Cantate Domino Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done marvellous things, *all the ends of the earth have seen your victory, O God.Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; * lift up your voice, rejoice and sing.Sing to the Lord with the harp, * with the harp and the voice of song.With trumpets and the sound of the horn *shout with joy before our sovereign, the Lord.Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, * the lands and those who dwell therein.Let the rivers clap their hands, *and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord, who is coming to judge the earth.In righteousness shall

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Worship Latest for Christmas

Having considered both the new Covid 19 regulations and the congregation’s responses to them, our Christmas Services will now proceed as follows: Christmas Eve: – There was no plan for a 10am service on this day. –  The 4pm Crib service will not take place. The young people from around the province have provided a beautiful service aimed at families that will be  available on www.scotland.anglican.org from noon and can therefore be   accessed when convenient for your family.                              –  The 9.30pm, Midnight in Bethlehem Service will now take place by Zoom, allowing more people to participate and  all to sing along.                              – The 11.15pm service will not take place. Christmas Day: –  The 8am Communion WILL take place in church to provide an opportunity to worship for those who have booked in  and/or have no access to

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Thursday 24th December Morning Prayer

Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. OPENING Thursdays: From Psalm 130, De profundis Out of the depths * have I called you, O Lord;Lord, hear my voice; *let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, * O Lord, who could stand?For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits for you; * in your word is my hope.My soul waits for you, O Lord, * more than sentinels for the morning.All you people, wait for the Lord, * for with the Lord there is mercy;with God there is plenteous redemption, *the Lord shall redeem the people from all their sins. CLOSING Isaiah 35.1-10 The wilderness and the dry

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23rd December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Opening Wednesdays: From Psalm 44, Deus, auribus We have heard with our ears, O God, our ancestors have told us, *the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.Every day we gloried in God, * and we will praise your name for ever.Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us * and do not go forth with our armies.My humiliation is daily before me, * and shame has covered my face;Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? * Arise! Do not reject us for ever.Why have you hidden your face * and forgotten our affliction and oppression?We sink down into the dust; * our body cleaves to the ground.Rise up, and help us, * and save us, for the

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Wednesday 23rd December Morning Prayer

Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. OPENING Wednesdays: From Psalm 43, Judica me, Domine Give judgement for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.For you are the God of my strength; * why have you put me from you?And why do go so heavily * while the enemy oppresses me?Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;that I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; *and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, *and why are you so disquieted within

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22nd December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Opening Tuesdays: From Psalm 85, Benedixisti, Domine You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.You have forgiven all the iniquity of your people * and blotted out all their sins.You have withdrawn all your fury * and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.Restore us then, O God our Saviour; * let your anger depart from us.Show us your mercy, O Lord, * and grant us your salvation.I will listen to what you, Lord God, are saying, * for you are speaking peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you.Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, *that your glory may dwell in our

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Tuesday 22nd December Morning Prayer

Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. OPENING Tuesdays: From Psalm 19, Cæli enarrant The heavens declare the glory of God, *and the firmament shows the handiwork of the Lord.One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another.Although they have no words or language, * and their voices are not heard,their sound has gone out into all lands, *and their message to the ends of the world.In the deep has God set a pavilion for the sun; *it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;it rejoices like a champion to run its course.It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again; * nothing is hidden from its burning heat.The law of the Lord

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21st December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Opening Mondays: From Psalm 72,  Deus, judicium Give our government your justice, O God, *and your righteousness to our civil service;that they may rule your people righteously * and the poor with justice;that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *and the little hills bring righteousness.We shall defend the needy among the people, *rescuing the poor and crushing the oppressor.In our time shall the righteous flourish; *there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.We shall have pity on the lowly and poor * and shall preserve the lives of the needy.We shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *and dear shall their blood be in his sight.May there be abundance of grain on the

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