It’s September the 29th and Baptist Churches across Scotland have been celebrating a birthday. In 1869, 52 Baptist Churches united to form the Baptist Union of Scotland.  The Union has faced many challenges along the way but it has managed to maintain a sense of purpose and unity.  Today the Union is made up of 162 churches representing 10,000 members and 24, 000 regular worshippers of all ages. Nationally it has been a day of thanksgiving and celebration, rejoicing in all that God has done over the past 150 years and is still doing to this day. On Tiree the Baptist Church joined in the celebration. 

It has been a very special day in the life of the church. The church held its Sunday Gathering in their premises at Baugh. This was followed by a baptism in the sea close to the church building.

Peter acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Saviour

In obedience to the living Lord Jesus, one Tiree couple, Peter and Nicola MacFarlane were baptised as a public witness to their trust in him. 

Identification with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection

For the church family this was a very special occasion. It is more than 10 years since the last baptismal service.

Baptised in the name of God  the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The sun shone at just the right time and perhaps attracted by the singing of “Amazing Grace’ a seal popped up and observed the baptism.

A seal keeps a close watch on the action

There was nothing magical or superstitious in the act of baptism. It was carried out in obedience to Jesus command to his disciples and the succeeding generations of disciples. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Hallelujah! Risen to new life in Jesus

After all the excitement of this solemn but joyous occasion, we returned to the church building for a birthday party, that included lunch – and cake!

This is Life on Tiree reporting on Life on Tiree on a day of celebration.

PS – The water wasn’t cold!