Scaladale 20s/30s Weekend

Date: Monday, 25 August 2014

The summer month of June saw a swarm of young people descend upon the Scaladale Centre in the Isle of Harris for the denomination’s (now) annual 20s/30s weekend away. Despite the weekend being under the auspices of the denomination, it was lovely to see friends joining from other denominations - some travelling from as far as Northern Ireland and Germany to hear the Rev John Macleod (Retired, Duthil-Dores) address the topic of the Lord’s atonement. Beginning his series on the Friday, Rev Macleod introduced the vicarious sufferings of the Lord in the room and stead of His people by reference to the different types of offerings foreshadowed in the Old Testament. Saturday morning built upon this theme by looking at reconciliation through the cross – particularly the necessity of reconciliation, the initiative of reconciliation, the infinite wisdom of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation. Saturday evening lifted us to the apex of that reconciliation for the redeemed – their singing of the ‘new song’ (Revelation 5/Ephesians 1:7) where the Lord’s believing people see Him as their all in all, their inheritance and cup the portion (Psalm 16:5). We were reminded that His price needed infinite merit to atone for our infinite demerit and that only the Lord could say “It is finished” – the price has been paid.

Sabbath morning centred upon the particular progressive sufferings the Lord endured – particularly with regard to Him being a sin bearer from conception and being made sin on the cross. Discussion was made of the temptability of Christ (a hot topic for the Sabbath afternoon conversations!) and we were gently reminded that His sufferings mean we should never be ashamed to call Him our closest Brother and Saviour. Sabbath evening saw us warmly welcomed by the Leverburgh FCC congregation where we all crowded in to listen to Mr Macleod’s final talk on Isaiah 45:21 – ‘A Just God and A Saviour’. Addressing various questions the unconverted may have, Mr Macleod renounced the idea of the cross as superstitious savagery and that God had in any way changed in Himself by forgiving sin. Speaking on forgiveness, he reminded the believer that offences against us may be regarded as gifts for our sanctification if only we would see them as such (Philippians 1:29/Matthew 5).


We are most grateful to Mr Macleod for his thoughtful and considered preparation and delivery of his talks over the course of the weekend. We are also grateful for his constant patience and willingness to answer the bombardment of questions he daily received (watch out future speakers!) Votes of thanks must also go out to all those who worked behind the scenes to ensure the weekend was such a success – particularly the wonderful chef Sandra Mackay and her excellent sous chefs, Caroline Morrison and Jennifer Little, who kept both minister and wild beasts masquerading as young people going all weekend. We are also very thankful for the centre manager Sean Stephen and his team who efficiently organised kayaking and hill walking activities to counteract the effect of all the delicious cooking and baking… A special thanks in this area must also be given to the Stornoway congregation whose baking was very gratefully received and well utilised! We also thank the Stornoway Deacons' Court for their monetary donation which was similarly appreciatively received.

Continuing with the long list of ‘thank you’s’ (!), we thank Stornoway gentleman Mr Donald Macdonald (Elder) for taking out of his time to take a minibus down to Scaladale and personally chauffeur us onto Leverburgh. We also thank all day visitors for their support and for all those who generously contributed to the Sabbath’s retiring collection for the Lord's work in Sri Lanka spearheaded by Partheepan – a wonderful total of £386.09 being raised. Finally, we thank all those who were not able to be with us but who remembered our time together at the throne of grace in prayer. We are most grateful to you all. Above all, we give thanks to God for all His good gifts over the weekend and especially for the perfect gift of Christ Jesus for “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

A selection of singings are found here

Mr Macleod's sermons can be found here.