On Wednesday evening, 30 August, the Western Isles Presbytery met at Leverburgh, Harris, for the ordination and induction of Rev. Mark Macleod as the new pastor of Harris Free Church. Rev. Malcolm Macleod, minister of Shawbost Free Church, presided at the service and preached an appropriate sermon from Colossians 1. The praise was led by members of the Presbytery, Rev. Thomas Davis and Mr Calum Martin.
Mr Macleod’s sermon was followed by the solemn and long-established process of the Free Church for the ordination and induction of a minister beginning with the Clerk of Presbytery, Rev. Hugh Ferrier, relating the steps that had been followed in filling the vacancy. Mr Macleod then asked Rev. Mark the questions appointed to be put to Probationers prior to their ordination and induction, and, having returned satisfactory answers, he signed The Formula in the presence of the congregation. After prayer, Mr Macleod ordained Rev. Mark to the office of the holy ministry and inducted him as Minister of the Harris congregation, granting him a seat on the Presbytery.
Rev. Malcolm Macdonald, the minister at Callanish Free Church, addressed the new minister with words of welcome and encouragement and Rev. Andrew Coghill exhorted the congregation to support their new pastor, his wife, Eilidh, and their children, Seumas and Kate, as they settle in the congregation.
Afterwards, many friends gathered at Leverburgh School to welcome the new minister and his family. It was an opportunity to relax together, to enjoy the tea and the excellent fare provided, the presentations, and the speeches from Rev. Murdo Campbell (Barvas), the Moderator of Presbytery, and Rev. Paul Murray, minister of Kinloch Free Church.
The evening ended with John Morrison, Elder Harris, leading the praise from Psalm 23: 1-2 in Gaelic followed by a prayer of thanks by Rev. Mark Macleod.