THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK, August 16 2019

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Clachan church was full, the streets were jammed with cars and people, and there was an air of happiness and anticipation.

Folk came from all directions to be there – many were local, others came from Mull, Oban, Appin, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Gigha, Bute, Cowal, and a mini bus from Perth.

The sun danced on the ocean and many of us felt like dancing too.

It was a happy day. We were gathered to welcome a new minister into our midst after long years of vacancy.

Reverend Scott Burton has responded to a call to minister to the folk at A’Chleit, Clachan and Gigha, and we are delighted.

Scott will be on the journey with us, the journey of faith and the journey of a people.

Argyll is known as the cradle of Christianity and the land is scattered with small churches where the people have held the faith through good times and bad throughout the centuries.

Columba and his followers left their marks upon the land and upon our hearts as they spread the word of God to the people of Argyll and beyond.

Ian Bradley in his book The Making of a Spiritual Landscape quotes David Kellas, the first moderator of the new Presbytery, who said this in 2004: ‘All around us the ancient stones look down, a remembrance that the search began many thousands of years ago. We offer to the men and women of Argyll Jesus Christ, the word of God, the end of our search and the start of a wonderful journey.’

We are going on a journey, a journey together, a journey which welcomes others to join in.

Our prayers are for Scott as he walks beside us.

Come with us – all are welcome.