Dingwall

Fodderty Lodge

I forgot to put some images of the cottage near Dingwall where we stayed: Fodderty Lodge. Here the front entrance:

Here an overview of the entire house:

The house has extensive gardens, where the kids played croquet a lot:

There were two dogs, here AnneRoos with the small one:

Inside the kitchen of the cottage we occupied the first week:

This is inside the cottage on the West side which we occupied the second week:

Behind the house was a very remarkable mountain, locally known as the Cat's Back:

Communion in Dingwall

On Saturday July 26 we arrived in Dingwall. On Sunday we went to the FP Church in Dingwall. The minister is Rev N.M. Ross who also took the services. The next couple of days I did very little, was very busy working on the SKOF website.

Below the Church of Scotland in Dingwall:

Dingwall's most famous preacher is Dr. John Kennedy, from the Free Church, who chronicled the preceding era of Dingwall in The Days of the Fathers in Ross-shire. His command of English and the love for the subject makes this a joy to read, and the contents is of course very edifying.

Just visible on the left is the monument in honour of Dr. Kennedy.

The communion services in Dingwall started on Thursday, which we were very privileged to attend. On Wednesday rev K.D. Macleod, the editor of the FP magazine, had already arrived (from Leverburgh, that means by ferry) and he took the prayer meeting. The text was from Hebrews 11:17: By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Afterwards Rev N.M. Ross invited us for supper where we also met Rev. D Macdonald from Uist. Below the manse, a bit different from the more humble abodes in New Zealand:

The service on Thursday started at 11am and was also taken by Rev. K.D. Macleod. The text was Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The evening service was at 7pm and taken by Rev. D. Macdonald. He had a very solemn service on Acts 13:38: Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.

The fellowship meeting was on Friday morning at 11am. The question was taken from Habakkuk 3:17-18: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The days of the fathers are indeed gone, but the God of the fathers of Ross-shire still lives. The service in the evening was at 7pm by Rev. K.D. Macleod on Psalm 84:10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

The prayer meeting on Saturday was at 8am. The service itself started at 11am. Rev. D. Macdonald preached on Psalm 118:26: Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. The prayer meeting at night was at 6:00pm.

On Sunday the prayer meeting started at 8am and the service at 11am. Rev. K.D. Macleod preached on Rev 1:18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. The evening service was at 6.30pm when Rev. D. Macdonald preached on Rom 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There was a prayer meeting on Monday morning as well, at 8am. The service started at 11am where Rev. K.D. MacCleod took his text from Psalm 51:11b: take not thy holy spirit from me.

Below the FP church in Dingwall as well as the inside. I wish I could write it had been filled to the brim. But it was good to have been here.

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