Diocesan Evensong – 28th October 2018
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the Consecration service at St Ninian’s Cathedral on 20th October: Provost Hunter Farquharson and everyone at the Cathedral; Carol Aitchison and the Diocesan Office; Geoff Bolton, John Kitchen and the combined Choirs of St Ninian’s and Old St Paul’s; the Primus and College of Bishops; and Bp Richard Holloway, who gave the sermon (a link to a copy of the sermon will be available here soon). It was a day of celebration and prayer like few of us have experienced, and the warmth of your welcome was felt very much, and continues to be felt, by me and by my wife, Carrie.
We are now so very happy to be here with you, and living in the new Bishop’s House in Perth. The house is only a few streets away from where my father was brought up, so this feels like a homecoming in more ways than one.
I hope to meet as many of you as I can at the Diocesan Evensong in St Ninian’s Cathedral on Sunday 28th October at 4.30pm, and in the next few months as I visit churches and communities, and I am looking forward to that very much.
With blessings and thanks,
The Rev Canon Ian Paton (Bishop Elect for the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane) has been Rector of Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh since 1997, and is also honorary Anglican Chaplain to Edinburgh University, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Associate Tutor at the Scottish Episcopal Institute.
He was previously a rector in East Lothian, Vice-Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, a university chaplain in Oxford, a bishop’s chaplain, and a curate in Reading. He is a former convener of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s (SEC) provincial Liturgy Committee, involved in writing new services for the SEC, and continues to teach worship to students training for ministry. He is a supporter of the ordination of women, the rights of LGBTQI people, and the inclusion of people of all ages in the Church.
Canon Ian Paton is married to Carrie and they enjoy art and poetry, hospitality around the dinner table and have a love of the sea.