On Tuesday evening 15th August, the Western Isles Presbytery met at Kinloch Free Church for the ordination and induction of Rev. Paul Murray as the new minister of the Kinloch congregation, which had been vacant since the retirement of Rev. Donald A MacDonald in May 2014.
Rev. Calum I Macleod, minister of Back Free Church, presided at the service and preached an appropriate sermon from Acts 4:20 "…for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard". The praise was led by members of the Presbytery, Mr Angus Graham and Mr Calum Martin.
The Clerk of Presbytery, Rev. Hugh Ferrier, related the steps that had been followed in filling the vacancy. Mr Macleod then asked Mr Murray the questions appointed to be put to Probationers prior to their ordination and induction. Having returned satisfactory answers, Mr Murray signed The Formula in the presence of the congregation. After prayer, Mr Macleod ordained Rev. Paul to the office of the holy ministry and inducted him as Minister of the Kinloch congregation, granting him a seat on the Presbytery.
Rev. Robert Sinclair addressed Mr Murray with words of welcome and encouragement and Rev. Calum I Macleod (Lochs) exhorted the congregation to support their new Minister.
Later in the evening, a large number gathered at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway to welcome the new minister and his wife, Amanda. There was a presentation on behalf of the congregation to Rev. Paul by Calum Macdonald, Elder in Kinloch, and to Mrs Murray by Christina Mackay. Gifts for the Murray children, Màiri-Belle and Eilidh Ceit, were presented by Ross and Kathryn. There was a gift to Annie Mackenzie from Mina Morrison, and Angus Morrison (Elder), thanked Rev. Calum Iain Macleod (Lochs) who had had pastoral care of the congregation during the vacancy. Speeches were by Professor Emeritus John R McIntosh, Rev. Mark Macleod and Rev. David Macdonald.
The evening ended with Rev. Paul's cousin, Donald Morrison, Kyle, leading the praise from Psalm 72 in Gaelic.