A planning meeting on Thursday morning and then off to Kilchoan Primary School in the afternoon to encourage the children to be involved in a project around Remembrance - more on that soon.
That evening we were at the neighbours for a curry - and to get to know their puppy a little better.
On Friday, my dog and I looked after the puppy for the day - great fun! Around the fun I was preparing for today's induction of a new minister to the Parish of North West Lochaber, which happens this afternoon. And getting ready for tomorrow's worship.
I was sorry to miss the last of the weekly Afternoon Scones at Kilchoan today and hope the afternoon was a success. The team have had a busy summer and will be glad of the rest. The next date for this is Wednesday 19th September. You can get it into your diary now!
Messy Church over and photos to follow. Good fun! Next Messy Church Sept 24th.
Now tidying up and getting ready for tomorrow's Morning Teas and Coffees in the Chalet next to the church building at Acharacle from 10.30am until noon. I'll be popping into Acharacle Primary School after that then starting on next weekend's sermons.
On Saturday there is the induction of Rev Stewart Goudie to North West Lochaber Parish Church and on Sunday worship.
No rest for the wicked - only wish I could remember what I did!
Sermon done, short talk still to do. Lunch now, then walk the dog and get to grips with Messy Church. That's all today.
I've just come across a fabulous quote that I can use as part of a series of short talks while I'm away in October. It was one of those God-incidences that happen unexpectedly. Your minister is a thankful and happy person.
Silence is not the absence of the presence of God, but the secret place where we experience the presence of God like never before.
Paul Bane on Mindful Christianity Today
Took a couple of days off and away this week, Monday and Tuesday, to do some family stuff - nice. But it does mean that now I'm back home and working again it feels like Monday - but it's Wednesday!!!
Sunday went well - there was communion at Ardnamurchan and an ordinary service of worship at Acharacle. It was a while since I'd been at Ardnamurchan and it was good to be back. At the end of each service, over the sound system, I put on Runrig's track, Every River, and explained how all the ways of my life lead back to God. Some people sat and carefully listened to the words before coming and saying how they hadn't realised the words could be used in this context. God can work through any medium - it's all God's creation!
Today (Wednesday, not Monday ...) it's been a catch up day before a day in Fort William tomorrow. It's all go! Have a good week folks and God bless!
Photo of afternoon tea with the family - sandwiches, cakes, scones and gallons of tea - nothing else to eat all day!
Another week nearly over! And, mostly the last week went to plan.
I've been looking at the week ahead -
Getting ready for a funeral later today. Most funerals are 'big' with the community turning out in great numbers to say goodbye. Even, like today, when the person hasn't lived locally for a good number of years.
It's something about identity - people identify with places and communities just as much as they may, or not, be ancestrally rooted there. What is it about a place and a people that gets into your blood? We bond with somethingbigger and beyond ourselves.
For those of faith identifying with that something is what we acknowledge when we say 'yes' to God. We don't know exactly what God is, no-one does, but we see in Jesus the attributes of God - kindness, goodness, a love of building people us and looking for the best in others -in a word, love.
There are very few people, if any, the world over who don't want love in their lives. We identify with people who love us - God loves us. But God gives us free-will to accept love ultimately comes from God. It's up to us to accept our identity in God's love, or not. The Bible tells us each, God loves for who you are.
May the gentleman today, rest in the love of God - and may his family and friends find comfort and peace in the love of God.
During school holiday periods some of the regular activities are put on hold - and I fully expect to catch up with visiting, clear the backlog of paperwork and organise future events and plans - it's always a triumph of hope over experience and this summer is no exception.
It's about ten days until school restarts and while I've made some progress there is so much more to be done than I'd hoped. That said, there really is much less of a backlog and there are quite a few ideas for the future buzzing around in my head - and I've visited a few people I'd hoped to see - so it's not all bad.
I trust God will honour the efforts I've made and give me the energy and guidance to prioritise and tackle the rest. It's not really my 'to-do' list but God's.
By this experience, I'm once again reminded that we will never come to the end of the 'to-do' list and it would be good to come to terms with that. Don't beat myself up for what I haven't done but rejoice that I've got this far.