In the light of the recent events in Holy Land and our increased concerns for world peace, there was an extra poignancy and meaning as we celebrated Remembrance Sunday in the Valley.
As in previous years it was so good to be able to mark the occasion at the War memorials in each of our villages. I want to say big thank you to all those who came to, and participated in, those Acts of Remembrance—as well as, of course, to the members of the Royal British Legion for their presence at the Remembrance Service in St Mary’s, Easton.
My sermon can be listened to from this link.
It was particularly touching that Ted Budgen was able to resume his duties as the Legion’s standard-bearer so soon after the loss of his wife, Karin.
In our service, the congregation had the opportunity to pray these famous words from the Prayer of St Francis. Perhaps we can all take these words to our heart in the coming days as we seek—in whatever circumstances we find ourselves—to be in those who are Jesus’ agents for peace:
Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you;
in the name of Christ. Amen