Sunday saw St Andrew’s Church full of people, as we hosted the Easter Ross Inter Church Group in a Songs of Praise for Harvest. The congregation drawn for a whole host of churches (even some from the other side of the Dornoch Firth), was in splendid voice accompanied by organ and fiddle. Readings were from Psalm 98, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and Luke 12:16-30 as well as John Betjeman’s wonderful poem “The Diary of a Church Mouse” (so apt for celebrating harvest in a church with seven “Mousey Thompson” mice carved into the furnishings).
There were as you might expect excellent refreshments in the hall afterwards and a big thanks to everyone who contributed both sweet and savoury treats, served drinks and helped to clear everything away. A big thanks also to Caroline and Anna for the music, to those who read so well and those who decorated the church. The collection raised £80 for the food bank.
Sadly I failed to take any photo to show the crowded church and hall or the excellent food, so you will have to make do with the “musician’s window” in the sanctuary with Miriam (sister of Moses and Aaron who “took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’” – Exodus 15:20-22 – after The Lord had led them across the Red Sea in safety), King David (you all know who he was:-) and St. Cecilia the Patron Saint of Musicians (It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord“).