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Over the sea to Skye

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Our little ship's tender bounced over the waves to Portree, a charming little village on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, where the houses near the harbor are painted in pastels. At 11 am, we climbed the narrow gangway ladder - aiming for a church service at the same hour. So we scrambled up the hill and through the town, arriving at St. Columba's Episcopal Church at 11:10 am. And we were WARMLY welcomed by Beth and Archie, the greeters for the day. The congregation was small (15) and aging, and filled with love and life. The few young families stopped attending when Covid restrictions made it difficult, but the children's table still awaits their return. The huge stained glass window in the west wall is quite unusual. It depicts Esther 4:16, the verse where Esther saves Mordecai from Haman's wrath. The installation, known as the Flora MacDonald window, is in honor of Flora who hid Bonnie Prince Charlie and kept him safe after his defeat at Culloden.
After being fed with hymns and an earnest sermon on the Good Shepherd and Holy Communion and fellowship, we had lunch at a hotel on Somerled Square in the center of town, shopped a bit, and sailed back again.

Posted by HopeEakins 08:57 Archived in Scotland

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