A Letter from our minister

Dear Friends, 

If you 'Google' November (other search engines are available) you will soon discover that there is something on every day of the month to commemorate somewhere in the world. Amon the less well known are national pomegranate month (USA), national tree planting day (Luxembourg) and the United Nation's World Toilet Day - to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Maybe you are taking part in Movember - the annual growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men's health issues.

November is a month of remembering - beginning ith All Saints Day we move past "Remember, remember the 5th of November to Remembrance Sunday on the 11th. Many of our churches have been busy making poppies and will be inviting their community to remember with them the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. As I do every year, I will be remembering my great-grandfather who died at Ypres 100 years ago, remembering the thousands who are buried alongside him in a Belgian cemetery, and remembering how the war impacted the lives of members of my family.

I often think that the word "remember" appears 213 times in the Bible. We are to remember the Lord Our God - to remember his love and faithfulness. We are reminded that God remembers his people but remembers our sins no more when we are forgiven. We are to remember who we once were, and who we are now because of Jesus. We are to remember the poor. And to remember much more besides...

Remembering can be overwhelming. Re-membering, putting the members of a body of people back together again, is hard work. It requires vulnerability and choosing to act and speak in ways that are full of grace, rather than continue to tear apart. We cannot remember everything, but maybe if we lived more consciously of our remembering who God is and the example God sets before us, then maybe we would begin to see the change we pray for in our churches, communities and the world in which we live. Remembering is a conscious act of will and in this light, the collect for the Sunday before Advent (this year on the 25th November) feels appropriate: 

Stir up, O Lord, 

the wills of your faithfull people, 

that they, bringing forth the fruit of good works, 

may by you be richly rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

May God stir us all up in the weeks ahead.

Rachel Deigh

Mission and Ministry Team Leader