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Wednesday Stillness Services are at 10 am

Letter from the Manse

October 2019

Dear Friends

Anniversaries are often celebrated. Usually the older the anniversary, we say, it is all the more special. In this November month of Remembrance, we remember the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. Many of our congregation can recall being evacuated to places like the Borders or Fife. And whilst we never want to celebrate war, it is important to remember.

In four years’ time (2024) we will be celebrating an enormous anniversary! It will be the 900th anniversary of the building of our present Kirk. Although we think there would have been a congregation here before the building, it is the present building that will be 900 years old and we will want to celebrate such a momentous milestone in the life of our congregation.

Our Worship Group have been invited by our Kirk Session to apply themselves as to how this celebration might be done. So far, the name for the anniversary will be Duddingston 900. We are also planning nine special services throughout the year, with many ideas already being discussed; from tapestries to quizzes, from sculpture to helping the disadvantaged. If you would like to be involved then there is an opportunity as we will meet on Wednesday 13 November at 8 pm in the Millar Hall to take these ideas forward. If you cannot make the meeting but have an idea as to how our celebration should go, then please let me know of your suggestion before the meeting.

Last month I had my own little anniversary. It was thirty years since my ordination into the ministry. Thirty years ago, I was ordained by the Presbytery of Dundee and inducted into the charge of Abernyte linked with Inchture and Kinnaird linked with Longforgan. I remember joking that this felt like the bus route from Dundee to Perth! In those days I had four morning services to organise (with help from the Elders) and an evening service conducted in the local prison at HMP Castle Huntly.

In many ways these were wonderful times. But there again that is what happens with the passing of time; we often look back with rose-coloured spectacles and only remember the good bits. We tend to edit out in our minds the hard times, the struggles, the sad bits. When Jesus says, ‘Do this remembering me’, he encourages us to remember his words, his actions, yes, the sad bits and the agony. But he also wants us to remember that glorious victory of eternal life that he has won for each of us, that enables all of us to come before God seeking forgiveness, acceptance and love that no one else can give. In this month of remembrance, let us do this remembering him!

Rev. Dr James Jack