November '18

 

The Vicar writes…

November is a poignant month for remembering. It begins with All Soulstide as we remember loved ones who have died. Then of course it is Remembrance Sunday which this year commemorates the centenary of the Armistice Day.


The centenary is being marked in different ways; lamp post poppies have been sponsored and displayed throughout the area, many people have contributed to our commemorations by knitting poppies to form a sweeping staircase outside church. The bellringers have been working hard to research and create a display on some of the men who rang a peal to mark the end of WW1, 100 years ago and they will ring the same peal 100 years later on 12th November 2018 at 11am. Thank you for all of the hard work that has gone into all of these projects.


We are delighted that St Nicholas’ Church we will host 10 of the “There but Not There” silhouettes, sponsored by the Armed Forces Covenant. These will be a moving tribute to those who fought and never returned home, including those on our war memorial and those buried in our churchyards. On Sunday 11th November as we celebrate our act of Remembrance in the Eucharist, the names of the fallen will be read and we will sit amongst their shadows and remember the cost of war and the price of freedom– a price which still continues to be paid throughout the world.


We will remember. But remembrance cannot be a passive act – it has to move us to action. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist we remember Jesus Christ’s death and his resurrection which brings the hope of new life and redemption for the whole world. At the end of the service we are sent out “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord” and we respond, “In the name of Christ. Amen.


As we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1, in the name of Christ, the prince of peace, let us commit ourselves once more, and sincerely, to peace and justice, to the liberation of all people from tyrannical regimes and injustices, starting in our own communities and in the small ways that we can.

When you go home tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow we gave our today.”
The Kohima Epitaph

Mother Penny

 

 


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