Musings From The Manse

Musings From The Manse

A reflection for these days of a church in Lockdown.

Here we are 12 weeks in to this Lockdown journey and with no signs we’ll reach our destination any time soon.

At the beginning of this were you anticipating still having your movement restricted and being unable to gather indoors you love all these months later?

A whole season has passed while we’ve been sheltering at home.

I find myself already forgetting what made my days so ordinary and I am enjoying these looser and more fluid days, though I must admit, I think all of us are struggling to keep track of what day it is!

I’ve been taking a bit of time to reflect these last couple of weeks, to look back over the journey of these last few months and to think and reflect.

In our online reflections this week I reflect on the sense of how I’m seeing this time as a liminal time. Limin comes from the Ancient Greek for threshold, and I can’t help but wonder if this space away from church as we know it is a kind of doorway, a threshold into what comes next.

It looks as though it will be a while yet before we are all able to gather together again in person within the Old Kirk building and so over the next few weeks and months we will be looking at different ways of offering fellowship and encouraging one another in faith.

But during these days as we discover what it truly means to be a church without walls let’s be open to listening to God and following where He leads us and guides us. Let us watch for where God is already at work in the world, and let’s join in…And let’s not just long to go back… let’s wonder and dream about what God might be transforming us into as God leads us through this passageway, and what the future of church might be like when we emerge.


You are God of the past and God of the future,

All time is in your hands.

Enable and encourage us to trust you

As you lead us through this passageway into a new

Future with you.

In Jesus name,



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