Vicar's letter October / November 2017

Whilst compiling service rotas for the next two months I was reminded of how much remembering we do at this time of year. At the very beginning of November the Church remembers all those who have died as we keep the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. I hope that some of you will come to our special Commemoration Services, when we give thanks for the lives of those who have died, particularly this year, but at any time, and remember the place they hold in our hearts.

Following on, we keep our national tradition of Bonfire Night; remembering the 5th November 1605 and the threat made by Guy Fawkes to the stability of our government. This may have its own poignancy this year as we remember the terrorist attacks which have rocked our country and many others. And then on 12th November we remember those who have given their lives for our country in two world wars and, subsequently in other conflicts. We have the opportunity to pause and consider the damage that war and conflict can do and to pledge ourselves once more to the pursuit of peace.

There will be a lot of remembering going on and it will be very important for us to keep in the forefront of our minds the reason for remembering. When we remember we bring the past into the present. We cherish and give thanks for all that has been good and nurturing and we seek to learn from that which has been painful and difficult. Our remembering is not a nostalgia trip to regain what has gone, but a grateful searching for what can make the future better.

The Christian faith too is rooted and grounded in remembering: in remembering God’s love for all people through time and across continents. Sometimes it reminds us to look outside our own lives and to share what we have with the world and sometimes it reminds us to look inside ourselves and accept our share of that love. It is for all.


May God bless your remembering,





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