Even in the days of 24/7 working the expression the working week still exists.
For example, ‘The item you ordered will delivered in 3 working days.’
Working days are generally defined as Monday to Fridays.
These five days are regarded as the ‘working week’.
Saturday and Sunday are the weekend.
Sometimes Sunday is mistakenly referred to as the ‘Sabbath’.
The Sabbath is actually Saturday, that is the last day of the week.
In the Bible the Sabbath is from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday.
Whereas the Roman method of counting days is from midnight to midnight.
The New Testament regards the first day of the week as what we call Sunday.
For disciples ofJesus Christ the first day of the week is full of significance.
For it was on the first day of the week Jesus rose from the dead.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake,
for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven
and, going to the tomb,
rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning,
and his clothes were white as snow.
The guards were so afraid of him
that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid,
for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified.
He is not here; he has risen,
just as he said.”
At the start of the week on Tiree the church meets for worship.
It is the disciples gathered to worship the risen Lord Jesus.
It is after all a day for joyous celebration.
Jesus is alive!
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The week began with a colourful display.
Sunday’s sunrise was magnetic.
I felt drawn out to capture it.
Saturday’s ferry had been cancelled due to swell conditions.
Sunday’s sailing was on an alert for similar reasons.
To the relief of many the ferry sailed on time.
Just as important – it berthed.
The cancelled livestock sale was rescheduled for Tuesday.
Monday’s ferry brought the first livestock trailer.
Inbound it was mainly commercial vehicles.
Again there were swell conditions.
Sunset on Monday was rather hazy.
Yet there was something appealing about it.
Would the rescheduled cattle sale actually take place?
Tuesday’s ferry carrying sale traffic was due to leave Oban at 6:15.
On Tuesday morning the Treshnish Isles and Mull had disappeared.
Both were hidden from view due to the murky conditions at sea.
At 10:00am the MV Clansman appeared out of the mist.
Thankfully the waters of the bay were calm.
On time the traffic rolled off the ferry and up the pier approach.
Foot passengers for the sale were met by a local coach.
The livestock trailers were characteristically colourful.
They would return for the additional sailing at 6:15pm.
With sunset at approximately 6:00pm the pier lights were switched on.
The ferry arrived a few minutes ahead of the scheduled at 6:07pm.
It is not often that the ferry arrives in dusk or darkness.
Perhaps this makes it rather special.
The livestock trailers bring a splash of colour.
This is especially so when the vehicles have their lights on.
It is quite a picture to watch them progress down the pier approach.
The MV Clansman took her leave at 6:32 pm.
Again this was considerably earlier than anticipated.
By this time darkness had begun to descend over the island.
It is not just the livestock trailers that are colourful.
The MV Clansman makes quite a sight.
Her lights reflected by the sea.
What a great start to the week.
But then this is ‘Life on Tiree’.