Congratulations to Douglas and Rachel

Jane and I are just back from the engagement cèilidh and service of blessing for her cousin, Douglas Gilmour and his fiancée Rachel Dowsett.

What was lovely was that their act of blessing, carried out with gentle humour and kindness by brother-in-law (and minister) Paul Beautyman, was right there in the middle of the cèilidh. That particular moment of asking God’s blessing was there in the midst of the other everyday things of life, there in the midst of the dancing, and eating, and drinking, and chatting and laughing. And that’s where God should be. That’s where the church should be. I know that this evening was about Douglas and Rachel and about them being blessed, but I felt blessed too by being there.

Congratulations on your engagement Douglas and Rachel. May God bless you … erm, and all who sail in you.

(That’s not right, is it! I wish I’d paid more attention at TISEC!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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