“We are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good things he has planned” (Ephesians 2:10)
Download the latest edition of The Anchor (Easter 2016).
Welcome to the home of Kirkhill and Kiltarlity Churches. We are two rural congregations in the Highlands who are committed to living in the love of Jesus and making that love known to all in our communities. We are a family who love having fun together and honouring God in the way we live.
Our Sunday morning services are at:
- 10am in Wardlaw Church in Kirkhill
- 11.30am at Kiltarlity Church in Kiltarlity
Our services at Easter are as follows:
- Sunday 20th March – Palm Sunday: “Praise God loudly!”
- Wednesday 23rd March 2pm – Easter end of term service with Kirkhill Primary School (in Kirkhill Church)
- Thursday 24th March 2pm – Easter end of term service with Tomnacross Primary School (in Kiltarlity Church)
- Sunday 27th March – Easter Sunday morning: “Don’t look for life in dead places”
- Sunday 27th March – Easter Sunday evening 6pm – “Allow Jesus to open your eyes” (Kirkhill Church)
May you be blessed with discovering the goodness of God in your life this Easter.
Note: There is no third Sunday service on Sunday 20th March – there will be an Easter Sunday evening service on the 27th instead.
Message from our Minister – Rev. Jonathan Humphrey
In my article for the Christmas edition of The Anchor I shared a pen picture of where the elders and deacons of our two churches would like our congregations to be in 10 year’s time.
God first in everything, every generation and all sorts of people engaged in the life of the church, people becoming disciples; leaders identified and developed; active engagement with our communities and the wider church at home and overseas, and numerical growth such that we outgrow our buildings.
Over the past couple of months on Sunday mornings, I have been attempting to put some flesh on the bones of these aspirations, and also reminding us where we have been, and all that has been done over the past year. You can also download and view the slides of my 2015 Year in Review.
It is possible though to be busy at doing all sorts of things and lose our focus on the one who promised to build His church no matter what, and who wants us to know Him intimately as a friend and brother. In his letter to the church in Galatia, the apostle Paul writes:
“Oh foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on a cross” Galatians 3: 1
Paul goes on to challenge the Galatians:
“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Galatians 3: 2-3
As we come up to Easter, I would encourage us all to mull over this passage. Paul says we receive the Holy Spirit through faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross “When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing” (Gal 1: 13). We can’t get right with God and be intimate with Him, through our own efforts and trying to live a good life.
Also our faith in the grace of God shown in Jesus is what releases power to live the miraculous life.
“I ask you again [says Paul], does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not, it is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3: 5
Have you asked yourself, “am I living a life filled with the Holy Spirit and seeing God work miracles”. I remember saying rather sceptically to God many years ago that I would believe in miracles when I saw them, he answered straight back, “If you believe I can do miracles then you will see them!”
The whole of the Christian faith is based on the Easter miracle that a man who claimed to be God was killed, yet came back to life again. Do you have the faith to believe in this miracle? If so, then it’s surely a pretty small step of faith to believe that Jesus still performs miracles today as we partner with his Spirit dwelling in us. What’s more I’m completely convinced that to see our vision for our churches realised, we need the miraculous power of God to flow though all aspects of our church life…… and to have the determination to believe for it. I would encourage you then to be determined this Easter to exercise those faith muscles, to wholeheartedly worship, love and honour our Lord in the Spirit – and see what might happen…….!
With blessings for a joy-filled Easter,