A congregation of 200 crowded into Knock & Point Free Church (Continuing) at Garrabost on Friday 30th January, for the Ordination of Rev. Alasdair J. Macleod to the pastoral ministry.
Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, Scalpay, Moderator of the Outer Hebrides Presbytery, preached from Ezra 7:10 drawing out lessons from Ezra’s life as he sought to lead the Lord’s people.
After the appointed questions were duly answered and the Formula signed, Mr Macleod was set aside for the work of the holy Ministry and admitted to the Charge of Knock & Point Free Church (Continuing). He was then addressed by Rev. Greg MacDonald, Cross, who exhorted him from 2 Corinthians 12:14-18.
Thereafter Rev. Graeme Craig, Stornoway, addressed the Congregation, reminding them that they would benefit from the preaching of the Word and pastoral visitation as they recognised that Ministers are a blood-bought gift of Christ to his Church, who are sent as his ambassadors to speak in his name.
Following the service, the gathering adjourned to the Sandwick Hall where a beautiful spread was provided by members and friends of the Congregation. Presentations were made to Mr & Mrs Macleod and their young son James, welcoming them into the Congregation. Mr Craig was also thanked for his labours over the past two and a half years as Interim Moderator. Mr Macleod then thanked the Congregation for all their kindness since his arrival and the encouragement they had been to him already.
Mr Macleod is no stranger to Lewis or the Point district. His grandfather was Murchdadh a’Cheusair from Upper Bayble and his grandmother came from Swordale. Indeed his maternal great-grandfather was a Minister in the Uig area for some time.