Dornoch Links - D L Moody (1874)

A LADY much interested in the work has kindly sent us the following:-

On Sunday, August 23, two great meetings were held at Dornoch by Mr Moody, - the first on the "Links" down by
the seashore, where the Gaelic congregation usually meets at communion time. A good many of those who had been interested in the work at Tain, and had received a blessing during Mr Moody's visit there, were present, and many from all
the surrounding parishes. Some came from Tarbet, and one old elder, Mr A. Morison, came all the way from Stornoway.
About 2,500 were present. After the singing of a psalm, the Rev. J. Grant Mackintosh, Edinburgh, led in prayer. Mr Moody's address was listened to with deep attention - many hard faces softening at some of the touching illustrations with which the preacher clinched the truths he wished to drive home. The evening meeting was held in the cathedral, which was crowded. It is capable of containing 1,200. The Duke and Duchess of Sutherland, and a great many ministers from different parts of the country, were present. Rev. Mr McGregor, the parish minister, opened the service. This second meeting was more impressive than the first; perhaps the slow-thinking, slow-speaking Celts had got accustomed to the rapid American tone, and the vigour of the address riveted them.

At the close, Mr Moody implored his hearers, if still undecided, to decide that night to choose the better part. He might never see their faces again this side of time; he could only deliver the message Christ had given to all His disciples - to preach the gospel to every creature; and concluding, he prayed most earnestly that the seed sown might bear fruit to life everlasting, that not one of those he was addressing might be missing from the gathering around the throne! It had been arranged that a meeting for inquirers should be held in the Free Church, and about 40 anxious ones were met there and conversed with. It
is impossible to estimate what the fruit of that day may have been; but will not God's people pray for this isolated corner of the vineyard, - that the good work begun may go on, and that Christians may be stirred up to more zeal for their Master's service, and awakened to the need of caring for the perishing souls around them? A very efficient choir of 60, trained with much care by Mr John Gillespie, led the singing, the hymns being most heartily joined in.

On Tuesday Mr Moody preached in Golspie - Rev.James M. Joss presiding - to an intensely interested meeting.

"Times of Blessing," Sept 3rd, 1874.


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