On the evening of October 13th, the Downavale Free Church congregation came together to celebrate the induction of Rev. Iain Morrison, affectionately referred to as “Cheeks,” in his new role as Assistant Minister.
The service provided an opportunity for the congregation to convey their thankfulness to the Lord for this pivotal moment in the life of the local church and His provision.
Rev. Angus Lamont, minister of Stirling Free Church, led the service and delivered a sermon from Psalm 48, focusing on the theme of “The City of God.” He reminded the congregation that God’s faithfulness and sovereignty should inspire them to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their communities.
Following the ordination process, Rev. Ian Watson, from Hope Church Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill, addressed Mr Morrison directly, offering words of encouragement as he readies himself for his role as Assistant Minister. Mr Watson drew from Biblical examples such as Joshua to Moses, Elisha to Elijah, and specifically, Timothy to Paul, referencing Philippians 2:19-24.
Rev. Douglas Cranston, speaking on behalf of the Presbytery, urged the congregation to appreciate the profound significance of Iain’s call, acknowledging the multiple calls in his life, not just as a minister but also as a loving husband and dedicated father.
The evening ended with the congregation presenting gifts to the Morrison family, followed by fellowship, refreshments and a speech from Iain’s university flatmate, Rev. Innes Macsween.
In response to Iain’s recent induction, Dowanvale Free Church Minister Rev. Kenny Macleod said, “We welcome Iain, Liana, Maya and Micah in our midst, and we look forward to working together in Kingdom work in our city.”