We extend a warm welcome to everyone worshipping with us over the summer.  We trust that God will richly bless our time together.

Services for Sunday 9th July

 

Services for Sunday 16th July

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

 

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

11am

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Hall)

 

11am

Rev Donald A Macdonald (Hall)

11am

Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Church – Gaelic)

 

11am

Mr Iain A Mackinnon (Church – Gaelic)

6pm

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Church)

 

11am

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Tong)

6pm

Mr Iain A Mackinnon (Tong – Gaelic)

 

6pm

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Church)

 

Services for Sunday 23rd July

 

 

Services for Sunday 30th July

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

 

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

11am

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Hall)

 

11am

Rev Calum I Macleod (Hall)  

11am

Rev Kenneth M Ferguson (Church – Gaelic)

 

11am

Rev Donald A Macdonald (Church - Gaelic)

6pm

Rev Alasdair I Macleod (Church)

 

6pm

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

6pm

Mr Neil Murray (Tong – Gaelic)

 

 

 

 

Midweek Services w/b 10th July

Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)

Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall – English) Rev Alasdair I Macleod

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall  - Gaelic) Rev Kenneth M Ferguson

Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

Midweek Services w/b 17th July

Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)

Tue (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Tong – English) Rev Alasdair I Macleod

Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall – English) Rev Alasdair I Macleod

Wed (7.30pm)

Road to Recovery (Back Community Hut)

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall  - Gaelic) Rev Donald A Macdonald

Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

 

Midweek Services w/b 24th July

Tue (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress)

Wed (7.30pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall – English) Rev Alasdair I Macleod

Thu (7pm)

Prayer Meeting (Hall  - Gaelic) Mr Iain A Mackinnon

Sat (7pm)

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)


July Creche Rota

9th: Mina Maclean, Màiri Martin, Maggie Macdonald, Carol Macdonald.

16th: Carmen Morrison, Marina Macleod, Esther MacLachlan, Mairi Maclean.

23rd: Catherine Macinnes, Ishbel MacLachlan, Cheryl MacLachlan, Alexandra Maciver.

30th: Marabelle Macdonald, Anne Montgomery, Ishbal Macdonald, Erica Clark.

 

Summer Break

Calum Iain is on holiday until Thursday 27th July.  All necessary pastoral cover in his absence will be provided by Rev Kenneth M Ferguson.

 

Residential Supply

Rev Alasdair I Macleod has kindly agreed to provide residential pulpit supply during the summer holiday period, as well as conducting the Wednesday prayer meetings over coming weeks.  We look forward to having Alasdair and Cathie with us at Back once again.

 

Congregational Meeting - Assistantship

The Western Isles Presbytery has agreed to meet with our congregation on Monday 10th July 2017 at 7.30pm in the church for the purpose of moderating in a Closed Call to Rev. David Macdonald, Probationer, to be Assistant Minister of Back Free Church.  Rev. Murdo Campbell, Moderator of Presbytery, will preach and preside.

Rev David Macdonald is unable to be present at this congregational meeting as he is going abroad on an early flight the following day.  However, the Presbytery has approved the use of live-link technology to enable David to respond accordingly on the night from Edinburgh.

Everyone is given every encouragement to attend and give their support to the purpose of this important meeting.  Tea will be served in the church hall at the close of the service.

 

Kirk Session & Deacons’ Court

The Kirk Session will meet on Monday 10th July at the close of the Congregational Meeting (following the conclusion of Presbytery business).  This will be followed by a meeting of the Deacons’ Court.  Both meetings will take place in the Crèche / GP Room.  

 

Sincere Thanks

Dina and Calum Iain wish to express their sincere gratitude to our wider congregation for the heartfelt sympathy extended to them as a family following Dina’s mother’s passing and for all expressions of support and concern shown during her mother’s illness and hospitalisation over past months.  Psalm 121.      

 

Back Free Church Shorter Catechism Initiative

Q96.       What is the Lord’s Supper?

The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament in which bread and wine are given and received as Christ directed to proclaim His death. Those who receive the Lord’s Supper in the right way share in His body and blood with all His benefits, not merely physically but by faith, and become spiritually stronger and grow in grace.

 

Q97.       What is the right way to receive the Lord’s Supper?

The right way to receive the Lord’s Supper is to examine whether we discern the Lord’s body, whether our faith feeds on Him, and whether we have repentance, love and a new obedience – so that we may not come in the wrong way and eat and drink judgement on ourselves.

 

The Lord Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper as a sacrament. During the last meal He ate with His disciples, He broke bread and gave it to them, telling them it was His body broken for them. He passed a cup of wine around the table, telling them it was His blood poured out for them. Jesus told His disciples that His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Then He told them to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of Him until He would come again. Like baptism, the Lord’s Supper is a sign and a seal of the covenant God makes with His people. It is a sign of the covenant, meaning that when we eat it, we are showing that we are included in God’s covenant. We are among God’s people and our sins have been forgiven. It is also a seal of the covenant, so that eating it brings us grace and forgiveness each time we eat it.

 

Why did Jesus choose to make eating bread and drinking wine a sacrament? Our bodies cannot live without bread and other food. We must receive the food God has provided or we will die. We cannot live spiritually apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life. We must receive Him as the Saviour God has provided if we want to have eternal life. Jesus said that His flesh is the bread He gives so we can have life. Read John 6:48-51.

 

An excerpt taken from Training Hearts Teaching Minds, Family Devotions based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade, ISBN 978-0-87552-392-7. Used with permission from P&R Publishing Co Phillipsburg, N.J. www.prpbooks.com

 

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4: 32)

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