Today we marked Remembrance Sunday at our 10 am online service. Although things felt very different this year, it was good to remember the many brave men and women, from all backgrounds and walks of life, who sacrificed their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts since, so that we can live in freedom. Today we are reminded to always strive for unity and peace, because Remembrance is only significant if we continue to strive for the principles for which these many people died.
Jesus says in John 15:13 (NIV): “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Those that lay down their lives say: “When you go home, tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today.”
Thank you to all those who supported our online service and all who joined in with this morning’s act of worship. It was also wonderful to have Jaynie Parker write and read a poem for today’s service:
Poem by Jaynie Parker
I reach out to the Lord to hear me,
and take away my pain and misery.
I reach out to the Lord to help us,
give us strength, support and guidance. I reach out to the Lord for love,
but need not worry, his heart he gives us. I reach out to the Lord for peace,
so that fighting would stop and cease.
I reach out to the Lord for the sick,
those struggling with mental health, for the homeless, may God help us to give.
I reach out to the Lord for the dying,
please help the families who are left crying.
I reach out to the Lord for our families and friends, we are united.
Lord, give love and strength and wisdom, knowing one day we will come to your kingdom.
My invitation is that perhaps we use this week to pray for world peace:
O God of the nations,
as we look to that day when you will gather people
from north and south, east and west,
into the unity of your peaceable Kingdom,
guide with your just and gentle wisdom all who take counsel
for the nations of the world,
that all your people may spend their days in security, freedom, and peace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(Prayers for Remembrance: Church of England)
Revd Dr Catherine Mark Okoronkwo