Like many I am increasingly concerned about the continuation of the conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year, longer than WW1 and also WW2. I fear for the syrian christian church and continuing persecution. The syrian church is not unique of course in being persecuted, that is why we gather every Wednesday at 2pm in St Katherines to pray for the persecuted church. The continuing search for the 200 girls from Chibok in Nigeria, the continuing problems in Iraq and Sudan and many other countries. It is of vital importance that we remember and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Remembering IS important, and we still commemorate the WW1. November sees a hundred years since the end of the carnage of the Somme but there were still two more years before the conflict ended. It was a conflict that was only really suspended, as 20 years later europe exploded as Hitler’s armies rampaged across the continent.
This year we also remember the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbour and America entering the WW2. It is 50 years since Mao’s cultural revolution in 1966 and 25 years since the first invasion of IRAQ by America and its allies.
Remembering is essential, I wonder how we will remember the conflict in Syria, and the refugee crisis. As ever, on the 11th November we remember and Remembrance Sunday is on the 13th November.
Some of you have been remembering the older liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and are yearning after the old services. Some also prefer the words of old hymns as found in Ancient and Modern. The question is - how many and how many would come to a service? Which day and time would be best? Which service would we do; Matins, Evensong or Holy Communion? When we did have Evensong it was very poorly attended. During the 350th celebrations of the BCP in 2012 a number of BCP service were held which again were very poorly attended. So if you would like see the return of BCP services and would attend then please tell me what dates, times and services are best.
Remembering is not just about not forgetting, it is more positive than that, Jesus implicitly urges us to remember during the last supper:
Then he broke it in pieces and said, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me." In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often..."
Remembering is good for us, it helps us, Jesus knew this, that is why these words are so important to us. Everytime we celebrate communion it is gives us the chance to remember everything that Jesus has done for us. In that moment it is also a chance to remember what is is important to us.
During November come and join us and remember….