‘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 Communion Season begins this morning Thursday 14th September with a Gaelic service at 12 Noon led by Fergus MacBain North Uist. There will be two Gaelic services during the Communions, and on Saturday morning 12 Noon the service will be led by Rev Murdo Macleod ( retired Dunvegan Free Church) . (More details of all our Communion Season services can be found here ).
The English services will be led by Rev Iain Alasdair Macleod Glasgow. During the English services Mr Macleod will be following a theme called ‘Questions from the Old Testament ‘. We warmly welcome those who are coming to preach God’s word here during the communions , and pray that coming to Tarbert will be a blessing to themselves as well as to us. The Kirk Session will be opened after morning worship today Thursday 14th September , and will remain open to meet with anyone who in sincerity loves the Lord Jesus Christ and would seek to profess faith in Jesus for the first time.
Although much changed over years, the communion season in the island culture was and continues to be a very important time for many Christians. Traditionally in the culture of the Highlands and Islands, and in earlier times in many other parts of Scotland, the Communion Season was highly significant.
Thursday was kept as 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 the following day.
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 other tradition , the Communion Season still remains a time of solemn joy 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” ( Jn 1:29).
The deepest desire of all of God’s people is to see others who in faith and trust love the Lord Jesus join them at the Lord’s table. All that is necessary is for those who wish to profess faith, to remain behind after any of the preparatory meetings and we would love to meet with you, pray with you and welcome you into the fellowship of the Church. It has saddened us that over the years, people have been prevented from professing their faith in Jesus 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)
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you