At midday on Saturday 2nd December 2023 the Presbytery of Skye and Wester Ross met in Lochcarron Village Hall to induct Rev Colin L. Macleod to the congregation of Lochcarron and Applecross. The scripture focus in the induction service was on Jesus’ words to Paul, My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. The whole afternoon was marked by signs of the Lord’s grace, and confirmations that we were doing His will.
The hospitality part of the afternoon had so many thoughtful personal touches that it felt like a wedding reception. As an example, each “guest” had a scripture verse on a a little scroll tied with Macleod tartan ribbon! With exceptional organisational and catering skills, the Lochcarron and Applecross people showed that they wanted to celebrate. Their delight at having Colin and his wife Jessie come to live and work among them was plain to see.
At the end of 2022 Colin took the L&A congregation under his care after Rev Marcos Florit’s retirement. He worked hard at leading them into a new season of congregational life and outreach, and ensured they heard as many potential ministers preach as would come. The help he gave them to renew their vision convinced them that it was Colin himself whom they wished to join their team! Since Colin would only be moving a short distance from the next-door congregation of Gairloch, Kinlochewe and Torridon, the decision to call him was approached with sensitivity and care. With Colin’s evident love for both congregations, he asked the Presbytery to settle the outcome. This they did unanimously, resolving to ensure the GKT congregation were well supported after Colin’s move.
Do look up the 2 congregations on a map and pray for them. Pray that Jesus will call pastors to GKT, Glenelg, Dunvegan and other wonderful communities in the north west of Scotland and on Skye, where they may enjoy the benefits of close community life coupled with constant gospel opportunities. Perhaps take a prayer odyssey by car around the North Coast 500 route, which passes through well over 20 Free Church parishes. You’ll not soon forget the exhilarating road from Lochcarron to Applecross which Colin will be taking each Sunday!
But what verse did Colin read when he opened his little scroll? Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colin closed the afternoon adding his hearty Amen to those words, ready, along with his like-minded wife, to take up the challenges ahead.
The day’s festivities included their cutting of a large, delicious induction cake. All who ate from it and from the rest of the banquet were more than satisfied. May this be a sign of things to come as Colin, Jessie and the Lochcarron and Applecross congregation invite many more to come to the gospel feast.