Tain (1840)




Tain communion was on the following Sabbath, and John MacDonald was there. On Monday the congregation was melted under the power of the word preached. "Just after he had made one of the freest offers of salvation to sinners, and had uttered the words, 'Will you not close with Christ?' a heart-rending cry rose from every part of the densely-crowded church. There were many silent weepers before, but now the preacher's voice was drowned, so that he was forced to pause and announce a psalm to be sung." Dr Macintosh reported on the movement in the following terms:—"What I believe to be a genuine revival of religion—the work of the Spirit of God—has taken place during the past year, to a considerable extent, in this parish and district. . . The preaching of the word is the grand means that has been employed and blessed. There seemed, at the same time, previous to the commencement of the work, to have been a more than ordinary measure of the spirit of prayer given to ministers and Christians, and a more than ordinary thirst for such a manifestation of Divine power. . . A considerable number of the young throughout the district appear to be in a very hopeful way. Some of these were previously of such a description that by many they would be called irreclaimable. Hitherto their conduct has been most consistent. In so far as the influence of the revival has extended here, most blessed results have accompanied it—the destruction of the works of the flesh, and the advancement of that kingdom which is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. There was at first a good deal of outward excitement on some occasions under the word, but this gradually diminished. The experience which I had of the revival of religion, though limited and partial, is such as would lead me to long for its continuance, and to pant for its return, as bringing with it the blessed results for which a minister of Christ would desire to live and to die—the conversion of sinners, and the increasing consolation and edification of saints."

Revivals in the Highlands and Islands by Alexander Macrea – Republished in 1998 by Tentmaker Publications.

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The Church is now the Duthac Centre.