A crowd of well over 150 joined the Presbytery of Skye and Lochcarron, Free Church of Scotland Continuing, on Friday 7 November for the ordination and induction of Rev. Calum Smith to Bracadale and Duirinish.
Rev. A. J. MacInnes (Lochalsh and Strath) presided and preached from Joshua 1:1-2. He showed from the passage the cold facts of the challenge; common fear in service; complete obedience required; and the call of the Commander-in-chief.
After the Clerk had read the narrative, Rev. Calum Smith answered the questions and signed the formula. He was then ordained and inducted to the pastoral charge of Bracadale and Duirinish, with prayer and the laying on of hands by the Presbytery, along with Rev. G. Craig, Rev. J. Clark, Rev. H. J. T. Woods, Rev. G. MacDonald, Rev. J. Gracie and Rev. D. Blunt, who were associated with the Presbytery for the evening.
Rev. M. A. Macleod (Snizort) then addressed the new minister from Proverbs 27:23, reminding him of his responsibility towards the flock of God and his assurance of God’s sufficient help.
Then Rev. R. Ross (Portree) addressed the congregation from 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 on the need for unity; the danger of division; and the care for one another required. The service of worship was concluded with the singing of Psalm 126 and the Benediction.
Rev. Richard Ross
Taken from a report by the Free Church Witness (February 2015 issue), with permission.