St Colmon Parish Church

Caring :: Sharing :: Praying

Situated in the picturesque village of Colmonell, South Ayrshire


St Colmon is a rural church set in the Stinchar Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of Ayrshire.

Sunday 10:00am


The parish covers four villages: Colmonell, Barrhill, Pinwherry and Lendalfoot. St Colmon Parish Church is linked with the neighbouring Ballantrae Parish Church. We are a church keen to welcome locals and visitors as we learn more about what our faith means to us and how we can better serve God in our communities and in the world.

Due to the implementation of the new Covid-19 lockdown once again we are unable to worship together in St Colmon Church.  Therefore from 5th January 2021 the church building will be closed until further notice.  Under the new restrictions weddings and funerals can still take place but with fewer numbers.  If you require any further details or the services of the minister please do not hesitate to contact him.


Sunday 21st February 2021

Lent 1
Mark: 1: 9-15

Hymns: Forty Days and Forty Nights & Seek ye first

Gaining Godly Perspective

The period of Lent runs for 40 days in the run up to Easter. 40 days are observed because Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his public ministry. After Jesus was baptised making a decision to step out and begin his ministry very dramatically the skies were rent apart and God’s voice was audibly heard. From this experience Jesus was driven into the wilderness where he faced various temptations. He needed to be prepared to do things God`s way, if he was to be successful in his vocation.

A tutor in my Lancaster days who taught “Reflective Practice” used to say “an unreflective life is not worth living” as we make the same mistakes over and over and over again. Many people seek to live busy lives where they do not have to think about anything. And many people without thinking conform to the norms of society. A number of years ago the journalist John Humphrys wrote to the effect that to live lives conforming to today`s standards is morally bankrupt and called for people to be dissident or non-conformist.

Rather than not having time to think, the recent pandemic has meant that many people have had perhaps over much time to think. Some people have become very negative as they have faced various restrictions. And there have been many instances of people feeling like it`s “Groundhog Day”. I sincerely hope and pray that the world will change for the better in the aftermath of the pandemic as people value more the things that are truly important in life. We can have a “thinking problem” if we become too negative but through reflecting on life, we can gain a Godly and good perspective.

Jesus we are told spend 40 days in the desert. There he was away from the crowds and would have had lots of time to think. He was no doubt deep in prayer and meditated on God’s word. He would be wondering what lay ahead of him. It might have been nice if he was “alone with God” after all “two`s company”. But the devil came along at various times and yes “three`s a crowd”. Jesus faced very subtle and intense temptations, but in all things chose God`s uncompromising way. This was the only way that he could truly be our saviour.

We too face temptations of various kinds. Jesus understands the trials and temptations we face. He was tempted far beyond any of us are, because we give way much too soon. If we want to live victorious happy lives it is important that we consider God’s word and gain a Godly perspective. The pleasures and interests of this world are fleeting, but we can have a joy knowing that we are pleasing our heavenly father. It is right that we reflect on our lives and ask what would God have me do? When we seek to follow him, he Gives his Spirit to equip us to do his will, even at times angels attend to us. The world and people may let us down, bad things do happen but God wants us to know his ultimate love and care for us. Jesus showed us how much God loves us.

May we seek to live the way God would have us live, that we might bless him and others. Even when things go wrong, God`s name is to be praised. By bearing this in mind we get the perspective we need. Let us aim to bless others in some way each day that we live in order to make the day count.

There are many hymns which I find to be a blessing. My favourite hymn is “When morning gilds the skies”. By remembering that in all things Jesus is to be praised we gain perspective and joy. I try to live by this “Canticle Divine”….

When morning gilds the skies,
my heart awakening cries,
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”
Alike at work and prayer
I know my God is there:
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

When sadness fills my mind
my strength in him I find:
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”
When earthly joys grow dim
my comfort is in him:
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

The night becomes as day
when from the heart we say:
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”
The powers of darkness fear
when this glad song they hear:
“May Jesus Christ be praise!”

Be this, while life is mine,
my canticle divine:
“May Jesus Christ be Praised!”
Be this the eternal song
through all the ages long:
“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

BPW Edward Caswall (1814-78)

Every blessing,

Rev`d Theo Corney



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St Colmon Kirk Session


  • Rev’d Theo Corney


  • Lynne McIlwraith: (kirk session clerk)
  • Brian McIlwraith: (safeguarding co-ordinator)
  • Anne Shankland: (gift aid co-ordinator)
  • Claire Pirrie: (treasurer)
  • Irene Wilson
  • David McCutcheon



Minister – Rev Theo Corney – 01465 831252
Session Clerk – Lynne McIlwraith – 01465 831390
Treasurer – Mrs Claire Pirrie

01465 831390

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