I am writing this blog on the eve of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The service, the number of guests and other aspects of the occasion will be scaled down as a result of the current Covid pandemic but paradoxically this is how Prince Philip would have wanted his funeral to be, a minimum of fuss and low key. I am sure that we all would wish to give thanks for his long service to the country and support for the Queen over the astonishing period of 70 years of marriage! … More On the eve of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral
After the emotional roller-coaster of Holy Week, culminating in the joy and celebration of Easter, the week that follows can often feel a bit of a ‘let-down’ and accordingly, within the Christian tradition, the Sunday after Easter is known as ‘Low Sunday’. But it seems rather different for us this year. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks
Could we begin to learn, this coming week, from the in-between day, the silent Saturday of Holy Week, about dealing with impatience? And that then becomes our witness, not just for Holy Saturday but as we live in and through the ‘in-between’ days of our present pandemic? … More Whatever happened to silent Saturday?
The Rev Tom Moffat invites us to reflect on how language changes and how we can speak ‘now’. … More Wellington Blog: Can you believe what you see?
I can’t help thinking about the familiar passage from Ecclesiastes with all the current interest so many of us have in dates – with the return of children to school this week and next (a relief from home-schooling for some, anxiety about the increased potential for virus-transmission among others); speculation and hopes about when shops, the hospitality industry, and of course hairdressers will be open again; when we’ll be able to gather again with families and friends, worship and meet together again face to face, arrange holidays or know if existing bookings will materialise; and so on. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks
This February saw the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Tapestry’ an album of songs written composed and sung by Carole King.
An article in the Guardian newspaper earlier in the month quoted the views of a variety of singer/songwriters as to the significance of this album.
I’ve had a enough of giving up this year! I won’t detail a bit of it, because I know you have, too! It’s Lent and maybe you’re expecting me to ask you to pick something you’ll really miss and give it up, but I’m not going to give up a single thing and I’m not going to tell you that you should give up anything, either. I’ve had enough of it! … More I give up giving up!
The Mars rover is called “Perseverance” and it reflects the years of planning and preparation that went into its launch and successful landing. During the Covid pandemic, a smaller team of scientists was based at NASA headquarters but many other members of the scientific team worked from home despite all the difficulties entailed by working in isolation! A truly remarkable achievement!! … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock
According to an ancient Greek myth, Pandora’s box contained all the evils of the world, and once these were released only hope remained. As the lockdown restrictions continue and we contemplate all that is going on in the wider world, hope is something we all need to hold on to; and it is very noticeable, if hardly surprising, how often hope is spoken of in media interviews, newspaper columns, and people’s conversations day by day. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks
In this third week of Advent now, we are well into the ‘countdown’ towards Christmas and, with the lockdown restrictions still in place – even if relaxed a little to the benefit of non-essential shops, the hospitality industry and shoppers who have been unable or chosen not to buy online – what a different feel there is about things this year! … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks
The Rev Tom Moffat invites us to reflect on how language changes and how we can speak ‘now’. … More ‘Mi ale tengzuk de Bolimu.’ ‘I am the light of the world’ John 8:12
The Rev Tom Moffat invites us to reflect on how language changes and how we can speak ‘now’. … More Angels: Messengers? Metaphors? Or Moments for Mission?
We are often too ready to criticise others when they are perceived to be behaving in ways that we disapprove of. The divisions in society of “them and us” are the result of a common human failing to identify those not in our social group as “alien”. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock
Ever since I moved to Scotland in 2011, Remembrance Day has been a tradition that puzzles me. … More Wellington Blog by Rebecca Gebauer
At all times we live with a degree of uncertainty as to what is around the next corner and what the future may hold. But the times we live in at present, amid the second wave of the pandemic and reinforced lock-down restrictions, feel a good bit more uncertain than usual. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks