September’s Presbytery was held in Fearn APC in Hilton. It was wonderful to go by the farmland past the activity of harvest and down to this scenic village on the East coast and to meet with some of the folk there. This is a new initiative of Presbytery to have our meeting on occasions in places other than Kingsview, Inverness. We hope that this will be an encouragement to us all as we share in the work that we are involved in.
On this occasion we heard from three of our congregations (Tain, Oban and Edinburgh) and the work that they are involved in. From these reports it was clear that the work of the gospel is not without its difficulties. Discouragements come in suffering, bereavement and through the choices that people make but the Lord is faithful and there are also many things for us to give thanks for.
It is wonderful that in each of our congregations the life-changing gospel is proclaimed freely. The seed of God’s Word is scattered and just as the harvest has come from the farmland at this time we look forward to and pray for the Lord’s own harvest to come.
We also give thanks for Laurence Mackenzie our General Treasurer and for all that he does for us. Laurence was happy to report that our financial obligations continue to be met and encouraged our continued prayerful support of the financial administration of the church. In addition to being our General Treasurer, Laurence was appointed to Convener of the Business Committee of Presbytery. Please remember him in prayer as he takes on this new role.
Laurence takes over this work since the passing of Roderick MacKenzie. We were certainly reminded of that loss as we met in Hilton. Not only in the present but in times past there have been so many committed to the work of the gospel among us. Tribute was also paid to the late William Fraser. Alexander Murray spoke of his commitments, including being General Treasurer himself. We give thanks for those who have gone before us and in whose debt we are. May the Lord help us to follow in their place and to faithfully support to the cause of Christ among us.
Thank you to the Office-bearers in Hilton and to the ladies who provided food and refreshments for the Presbytery as we met.