Spring Communions

‘And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you’ (Luke 22: 19-20 KJV).

Our Spring Communion Season begins  this Thursday 9th March with a Gaelic service at 12 Noon. We hope God willing to have the Rev William Macleod join us to lead this service. (Details of all the other services during our communion weekend can be found on the church calendar tab above or on the side-bar on the right hand side of the page).

Although much changed over years, the communion season in the island culture was and continues to be a very important time for many island Christians. Traditionally in the culture of the  Highlands and Islands, and in earlier times in many other parts of  Scotland, the Communion Season was a highly significant time in the spiritual and social life of the community. Thursday was the Fast day  and was observed scrupulously as such by many. Friday was the so-called Men’s day featuring the Coinneamh Cheist or Question Meeting when visiting ‘men’ would speak to a specific text given out for discussion. Saturday was a day of preparation  and examination, when communion tokens were dispensed to those who were going to partake of the Lord’s supper. On the Lord’s day the sacrament of the Lord’s supper was celebrated , and was known  in some places as the Action Service.   Monday was  Thanksgiving day , when services of thanksgiving were kept to thank God for His blessings over the past days.

Much has changed  over the course of time, but  when stripped away of all man made ritual and tradition , the Communion Season still remains a time of solemn joy and remembrance for God’s people to give thanks for what Jesus has done for us . We remember that Jesus Christ prepared His disciples at the last Supper for the time when He would be crucified ( see Luke 20:1-20)  and that he would die as John the baptist had foretold as “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” ( John 1:29).
We meet at the various services for mutual encouragement and fellowship, and everyone is warmly invited to these services. The deepest desire of all of God’s people is to see others who love the Lord join them at the Lord’s table. All that is necessary is for  anyone who wishes to profess faith in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour for the first time, is to remain behind after  any of the preparatory meetings and we would love as a Session to  welcome you into the fellowship of the Church. We endeavour to make our congregation and all  our services of worship and informal gatherings safe places for any and all to feel comfortable in . For that reason we wish to make clear that no-one will be asked to pray, speak or do anything at any service that they are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with.  It has saddened us that over the years,  that people have felt unable to profess their faith in Jesus for a variety of reasons. For many it is because of the fear that they are not good enough. No-one is good enough except the one whose invitation we accept when we come to His table !  ( Matt 26:26-27). It is fully understood also that some find it a daunting prospect of of coming before the Session, and therefore we would seek to give assurance that  all who love the Lord  will be welcomed with gladness and discretion .

What shall I return to the Lord
for all his goodness to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Psalms 116:12-14 (NIV)

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