Today we must not forget.  We must not forget the day 100 years ago when the Armistice was declared in 1918.  We must not forget the pain and suffering of those who went to fight or those who were left behind; for those whom pain, suffering and sadness became of everyday life.  We will remember them.

But we must not forget the words of Jesus – ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God’ or the words in Revelation ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more.‘  Today is a hard day for many of us, and we need to know that God is with us in our sadness.

On this day, as with every day we should pray for those places and people who are in the middle of conflict, and pray for peace.  As Christians we should stand up for truth and peace.

 

Thinking on different things, a big thank you to Derek and Alastair who shifted so much leftover rubbish from the church last week.  And of course there are so many people that do so much and we are very appreciative of your service, thank you.

 

Next week its our All Age combined service at 10.30am followed by a shared lunch.

We also have baptisms at this service, so please do come to welcome and support the families. The 8.00am communion service is as normal, but please do come along later to the lunch!

 

The time leading up to Christmas can be a time when we often remember those loved ones who have died, and also of other situations in the past or present that make us sad.  Please do ask if you would like someone to pray with you, or visit. We are a church family and part of that is sharing the ups and downs and walking alongside one another.

 

With love, prayers and peace

Matthew & Claire