Tiree’s sunny May weekend was graced with a visit from the Moderatorial Party.
On a glorious Sunday morning Heylipol Church filled with residents and visitors from all congregations. Interim Moderator, Donald MacKinnon introduced The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. John Christie and his Chaplain, Reverend Alastair Cherry gave a very uplifting service, which included the presentation by John Christie to Donald MacIntyre for fifty-five years of Eldership. It was Donald MacIntyre who proposed John Christie to be an elder in Tiree Parish Church when he lived on Tiree.
During John’s address to the children, he included the memory of the clock and Tiree marble stand which he used in his talk.
John, his party, the Congregational Board and Kirk Session all spent a leisurely lunch at the Elephant’s End where John spent time at each table speaking to everyone. The evening service in Kirkapol Church consisted of Psalms, Paraphrases and readings from the King James Bible and completed a perfect day.
On Monday afternoon John Christie and Alastair Cherry led a service at Tigh a Rudha. The residents enjoyed talking to John, Annette, Alastair and Charlie while enjoying the delicious tea and home baking served by the staff. John showed Ann MacArthur his bible, and read the inscription inside, from Ann and John MacArthur, Jude 2.
“ Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.”
A ”Welcome to Tiree” ceilidh was held for the Moderator on the Monday evening in An Talla. There was a wide range of talent and stories from those who knew John well when he lived on Tiree. John also had fond memories to share and thanked everyone for a very memorable weekend. A presentation of Tiree pottery was given to John and his wife Annette. After Donald MacArthur’s farming tales of John, he gave him a souvenir tractor. During the interval a Fellowship Supper was enjoyed while John mingled with everyone. The evening was brought to a close with the saying of Grace.
John completed his visit by taking School Assembly on Tuesday morning, which would have held many memories for him of his time there as a teacher. During this wonderful weekend John touched many hearts on Tiree with his many lovely memories, compassion and understanding.
John presented framed pictures at various venues that he visited which included this Gaelic Blessing;
MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU.
MAY THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK.
MAY THE SUN SHINE WARM UPON YOUR FACE.
MAY THE RAIN FALL SOFT ON YOUR FIELD.
AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.