Today we are visitng St Maelrubha's Lairg Mission - which meets in Lairg Parish Church (Church of Scotland).
Lairg is unusual in the northern Highlands, if not unique, in being a sizeable settlement that is not on the coast. One of the reasons that Lairg is slightly larger than other non-coastal Highland villages is its central location within the County of Sutherland. Having four roads which converge in the village, it used to be known as "The Crossroads of the North". In the 19th century, it was provided with a railway station on what is now the Far North Line. This development means that the north west of Sutherland is now easier to access.
As pants the hart for cooling streams
when heated in the chase,
so longs my soul, O God, for thee
and thy refreshing grace.
For thee, my God, the living God,
my thirsty soul doth pine:
O when shall I behold thy face,
thou Majesty divine?
Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
the praise of him who is thy God,
thy health's eternal spring.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom we adore,
be glory, as it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.