Wednesday 10th. March, 2021 

Today is St. Kessog's Day. Saint Kessog brought Christianity to Luss and Loch Lomondside in the year 510 when he was fifty years old and I had the pleasure of celebrating the fifteen hundredth anniversary of that event when I was minister at Luss in 2010. It was a great celebration which went on all year.

Today's big event was that Rachel took Rowan, Bramble and Ditto to the vet for their annual injection and check-up. Bramble had to undergo a bath before being seen. It's not her favourite pastime, but she received a very good report having lost five kilos during the last year. The vet was extremely pleased and Rachel didn't tell her that she had probably just washed the weight away in mud and the other contents of her long-hair. She is a mucky little dog -- but we love her!

I wasn't able to join in the trip to the vet as I had a Zoom presbytery committee meeting which looked at planning and associated issues. It was a good meeting which lasted about ninety minutes. There are big issues facing us, not least the proposal to reduce the number of presbyteries in Scotland to nine and moving us into one which also includes Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Melrose and Peebles and Jedburgh. And there are big financial reorganisations which accompany this proposal. I have severe reservations about this.

We are also seeking to make an appointment to support congregations without ministers and I was distressed to discover that we have been dragging our feet a little with this but I hope that this will be put right now. Anyway enough of this!

I spent this morning completing the editing of my online service for next Sunday -- that involves inserting musical items, adding titles and pictures and generally making it look as good as possible so that the shortcomings in our production don't get in the way of folk hearing the message on which the service is based.


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