Last year’s season of remembering was cancelled as the country once again entered a period of lockdown. I’m sure in our own way we stopped on Remembrance Sunday to remember those who had lost their lives in active service – but it wasn’t the same.
This year, once again we can engage with this important season in the normal way. The season begins with All Saints; the time when the church gives thanks for many people who have spoken of the things of God into each generation. Then on 2nd November we have the service of All Souls, when we remember those who are close to us who have passed away. Please note that we will be holding an All Souls service at 7.00pm on Tuesday 2nd November at St Mary’s – please come along if you would like to light a candle in memory of someone. Then on Sunday 14th November we come together as a nation to remember those who have lost their lives in war and conflict.
Each moment of remembering, across this season, is a chance to understand how important remembering is to us in our lives. The importance of those who speak out, those who have shaped our lives and those who fought for our freedom – these remembered people have been pivotal in our story; and it is only right that we stop to reflect this. It also reminds us, that we too can be important to others – who in future will reflect back upon us and gives thanks for what we said, did or actioned? I love the season of remembering – in the church, its start a subtle shift in our calendar as we move towards Advent. So many people to remember and gives thanks for; ‘we will remember them…’
Revd Canon Derek Welsman
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that Derek has recorded since March 2020 please click here.
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