Photo Essay by Miles Lim
The Kirking of the Tartan WOWs Sausalito! A March of Pipers and a Packed Church (Oh Yeah, And The Haggis, Too!)
A cheerful crowd followed Larkspur’s lively MacIntosh Pipe Band’s pipers Lindsay Hall and Bob Hollingsworth down Bridgeway and up Princess Street until they arrived at the steps of the church. By the time the service started at 10:00 AM, over 100 people were seated in the pews, many with plaid scarves, skirts, or small tartan swatches.
Jim Osborn was the lively and entertaining liturgist and Carson Smith helmed the sound board to play Scottish favorites. Ralph Hooper and the choir were in rare form and included special solos by Robin Sinclair and Jennifer Seaman. A moving sermon by Pastor Paul Mowry generated many interesting thoughts from the congregation during The Dialogue. (Best recommendation: John Hokenstad says Rev. Peter Marshall’s books are a Must Read.)
And then came fellowship…and the piping in of the Haggis, with a stirring rendition of Robert Burns’s Address to a Haggis by piper Lindsay Hall, a native of St. Andrews, Scotland. And Chris Yamate, an accomplished piper with the band, entertained us during fellowship with beautiful melodies on her Celtic harp.
Our community was buzzing with excitement! This Kirking of the Tartan service was expertly, lovingly and painstakingly organized and led by Bill and Brenda McKown, Jim and Nancy (“Scoop”) Osborn, with Claudia Webb cooking up a storm, and Carson Smith hanging tartans and helping out every which way he could! Tremendous waves of appreciation to you all!
For the Marin IJ description of the bagpipe parade of the congregation up Princess Street, with a video clip CLICK HERE
For Ann Mahony’s blog post about the multi-talented Jim Osborn, CLICK HERE
Miles Lim has blessed us with his talent and photos of Kirking, April 14, 2013.
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