Dear Church Family
This is an important weekend in the life of our nation, as we remember with much thanksgiving those who've given their lives in conflicts over the last century. In particular, on this anniversary of the end of the First World War - what's being called ARMISTICE 100 - we're remembering that particular war.
Do take the opportunity to come into church over this weekend to see the display that Pam Lydiate and Richard Horton have helped organise. As we give thanks for everyone who played their part in that difficult and tragic war, we're especially remembering the men of this parish who gave their lives.
Remembrance will be our theme this Sunday, especially at both our morning services (at 9am and XI). At The6 we will begin with an act of remembrance.
There are lots of online resources to help us remember. If you click here you'll reach the Bible Society pages where, if you scroll down, you'll find some helpful stories that you can use on your own, or share with family or friends as part of this weekend's Remembrance. If you're interested in things that leaders can learn from Armistice 100 you might like to look at my Leadership Blog, where I've been writing some reflective pieces for leaders for this season.
As we remember all who gave their lives, with so many making the great sacrifice, we give thanks. And we pray. We pray for God to bless the peacemakers and for his kingdom of peace to come. And we pray to the One whose Son, Jesus Christ, made the greatest sacrifice of all on the cross, for our liberty and salvation.
We will remember. We will remember them.