Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh
Sunday Services are at 10.30 am
Wednesday Stillness Services are at 10 am
Letter from the Manse
A long time ago, when Noah was a boy, the good folk that lived in the quaint parish of Duddingston settled their service times based on the local bus timetable. This proved to be a very sensible thing to do and so the time of 11.30 am was settled. A new generation arrived with children – lots of them! They asked the Kirk Session (a wonderful grouping of very refined gentlemen) if they could worship earlier as this gave them the rest of the day to do family things. It was agreed that a new service would begin at 10 am and hence, many years later, the two services have become well established.
At a recent meeting of the Kirk Session it was agreed that the time had come to have one morning service again and to allow the Congregation a say at which time this would happen. It was agreed that everyone should change and not just continue with one of the existing service times. A grand vote has taken place, the preferences counted and the winner is – all of us! For the first time in many years we shall now all be worshipping together on a regular basis.
The Kirk Session has agreed that this is not just about changing the time of our worship but an opportunity to really be Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda – that great statement of our Reforming Fathers that the ‘Church must always be reformed and always reforming’. So we have been looking at different areas of our ministry with fresh eyes and getting excited about new potential within all of us. Here are some of the ideas we hope to do and be in the coming year …
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Rev. Dr James Jack