Cumnock Baptist Church
It was with great pleasure and a sense of anticipation that we welcomed Rev. Alastair McLachlan to the pastorate of Cumnock Baptist Church in Scotland on Saturday 30 August.
The church was full to capacity and it was heartening to have so many friends from local churches, as well as those who ministered at Cumnock during the five-year vacancy.
After a brief introduction led by Derek Harrison (deacon), Robert Jess (secretary) gave a short ‘history of the call’ and also thanked all who had assisted in preaching and hospitality.
Doug McMasters of Tooting, London, preached the charge to Mr McLachlan from 2 Corinthians 4. He looked at various meanings of the word ‘induction’, and explored how our society and even some churches are image-crazed. He exhorted Alastair to be faithful to the message of the gospel and in his ministry.
He reminded Alastair of his human frailty; yet from that frailty God’s glory can shine forth. Alastair, in reply, acknowledged these truths; and said he was looking forward to serving God in this church and community.
There was a short musical item with the choir singing, ‘King of kings’, ‘Majesty’, ‘Faithful God’ and ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. Then Noel McCullins, a close friend of the church, brought greetings from Ayrshire’s Evangelical and Baptist churches.
Jeffrey Wright, pastor of South Glasgow Baptist Church, preached the charge to the church. He emphasised the church’s responsibility to its new pastor from Hebrews 13:7-17. He exhorted the church to respect, love, support and encourage its pastor in all aspects of his work.
We are thankful to the Lord for his provision and look forward to helping bring gospel light to Cumnock in the days ahead.