Tarbert Church of Scotland was packed to capacity on Friday, 3rd July for the induction of the Rev Ian Murdo MacDonald, and many friends had travelled from near and far for this very special and joyful occasion which was blessed with glorious summer weather.
The congregation had been vacant since the retiral of Rev Norman Maciver in October 2011, and Rev Ian Murdo accepted the call from the Tarbert congregation having previously served as minister of Cross Ness for the past fourteen years.
Ian Murdo is married to Alison and they have three young children Catherine (12), Angus(10) and Eilidh(8).
Rev Murdo Smith, retired minister of Manish-Scarista and Moderator of Uist Presbytery, presided over the Induction ceremony.
The Rev Dr David Donaldson, recently inducted to the Charge of Manish-Scarista preached the induction sermon and after the Act of Induction members of Presbytery and those associated with it extended the right hand of fellowship to the new minister.
Rev Donald John Morrison then gave the charge to the new minister and the Interim Moderator Rev Colin Caskie the charge to the congregation.
Following the induction service at the church those present retired to the Tarbert Community Centre to enjoy a feast of good things which had been prepared by the ladies of the congregation.
After the meal congratulatory messages were read out, presentations were made to Mr MacDonald and the family and to others who had contributed to the life and work of the congregation during the period of vacancy and the ladies’ choir gave a lovely rendering of a modern version of the twenty-third psalm.
After tributes to Mr MacDonald from office-bearers in his former congregation the new minister replied suitably, expressing his own and his family’s delight at being here, thankful to God for His leading in the process hitherto and asking for the prayers of the whole congregation for God’s blessing on the new ministry which had just begun.
The evening was brought to a close with the singing of verses from Psalm 72.