This morning I led worship at Wilmslow United Reformed Church …..

 

After the service

……… at which my colleague Moderator Rev Dr Kirsty Thorpe is the minister. Kirsty was representing the denomination at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. We had agreed some time ago that we would lead worship in each other’s churches at some stage in our two years and Kirsty had been to Doncaster earlier in the year. It was lovely to meet this congregation of whom I have of course learned a lot over the last three and a half years.

When we got to the approach to 11.00am I was able to link what we did with a little bit of my experience at the Cenotaph last year and hopefully to give the two minutes silence a context which was wider than that of this individual congregation.

A Remembrance Day service is never an easy one to lead – there are such different ways in which people view the day and the act of remembrance itself but as people left the service I was reminded of the considerable numbers of people who have personally been touched by the wars of the last century as well as current conflicts.

Sharing memories

During the service and using the day’s Lectionary readings I reflected on the importance of remembrance to help us have confidence in the love of God who has proved himself to be faithful to his promises over thousands of years. But also how God’s love for us requires us to respond in love to those around us in a way which is faithful to Christ’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me’.

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