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Letter taken from the Magazine: Novemebr 2018  
 

From the Vicar

 

Welcome to this edition of the parish magazine. November 2018 is a special month in the history of our nation and our church. I’m sure no one needs reminding that it is 100 years since the end of the first World War (The Great War, the war to end all wars…!)  For us as a church, the commemoration coincides with our monthly Parade Service in church, so this Remembrance Sunday takes on a special meaning for us.

 

For this reason, the Wardens and I have agreed that we should do our utmost to have the two minutes silence at eleven o’clock as is customary when Remembrance Sunday falls on the 11th November. (The Armistice was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918)

 

Therefore, please note, there will be a change to the format for this year in that the Last Post and two minutes silence will be IN CHURCH, not at the War Memorial. The Vicar & Wardens have agreed this action because of the possibility of bad weather and the difficulty in getting everyone out of church and around the memorial for 11:00am. (Preceding the Last Post, I will read out all the names of those soldiers who were killed in that awful conflict and whose names are inscribed on our war memorial (approx. 59 names))

 

This year the Wardens will bring the parish poppy wreath forward and lay it at the foot of the Altar and the Last Post will then sound. After the silence the reveille will play and then we sing the National Anthem. At the end of the service, the organisations will be led out of church by the Cross, Vicar & Wardens, so they can place their tributes / crosses / wreaths at the war memorial as usual.

 

Looking at the readings set for that particular Sunday, I would say they were very prophetic in relation to those who fought and died in WW1 (and other conflicts since of course.) In Mark’s gospel Jesus is at the beginning of his ministry and goes by the Sea of Galilee to where some ordinary fishermen were working, and he calls them to follow him. Ordinary folk, who immediately left their work, homes and families and set off on a mission that was to cost all of them, but one, their lives. In most cases, brutally slain.

 

In 1914, the nation called ordinary people to fight for their freedom and that of other nations and they sacrificed their lives too in the search for peace, freedom and justice - as did the disciples. Jesus came, he said, not to be served but to serve and to lay down his life as a ransom for many. Our brave soldiers and many civilians were called upon to serve their king and country and they did it with honour and without hesitation too. The memory of the sacrifice of that generation will ever remain in our grateful hearts.

 

“They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning –

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.”

 

 

Yours in Christ

 

Peter