On Sunday last It was All Saints’ Day
and Mark Hamlin shared with us the work and transformation that has been taking place with some of the tombs in the Churchyard. This was as part of the service where we were honouring those who have gone before us, and restoring the tombs is part of that honouring. We also lit a candle online and spoke out the names of those we were remembering. You can download the slides that Mark used - see 'Churchyard News'.
News about work on the cupola
: The company who were due to stabilise the cupola, Stone Technical Services, have made their own assessment of risks to their staff and the safety/feasibility of carrying out the works on site in the current national ‘lockdown’ circumstances. As a result of this assessment, we were informed on Monday that the cupola works will not now be starting on the planned date of 9th
November. We will get a new start date in due course.
This Sunday 8th
November our theme of remembering continues as it is Remembrance Sunday.
Included in the service will be The Last Post, a time of silence and The Reveille. The local Hillingdon British Legion and Officers from The Boy’s Brigade will lay wreaths. Ken from North Hillingdon Methodist Church will be our speaker. We will have hymns and the National Anthem. In order to wear your poppy
I would suggest that you pin this high up at shoulder height so we can all see our poppies.. You can donate to the work of The Royal British Legion
by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button at the top of this edition or on our website. Please also email in to say that your gift is for the Legion. We will then ensure that the gifts collected are given to and through our local branch. Please do invite others and share around the link for our service which begins at 10.30 am.
Remembering and memories can sometimes trip us up, coming up when we were not ready, pulling us backwards in time, often painfully, to recall someone we loved and lost. It is on birthdays, at Christmas, at the smell of fresh bread or the sound of a waterfall that can bring back a memory we weren’t expecting to appear within. Memories arise when the weather turns towards winter or when poppies are worn by those around us or newsreaders on television. A part of the past comes back to us.
We also remember consciously and intentionally. Often this has something of hope in it, something for the future. There can be something about change in remembering. There is something about looking to the past in remembrance in order to affect the future:
-We remember how certain words can hurt others and so we are more gentle in how we speak.
-We remember the good role models of others and how we want to be like them.
-We remember that Christ died for us on the cross in the past, that we might have eternal life in the future.
-We remember that Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” So we feed on him in the Eucharist to become more like Christ.
Yes, Remembering may make us uneasy, it may bring us comfort. Remembering may make us feel guilty, it may bring up regrets. Remembering also enables us to say “thank you”, it provides an opportunity to recognise brave men and women.
It’s good to remember and do something with that remembering.
And remembrance is to bring history in a desired direction, a better direction.
It is a time to take up the torch once more and to dedicate ourselves anew; dedicating anew to living in such a way that we do not break faith with those individuals who died to bring peace to the world; dedicating anew to not break faith with the Prince of Peace who came to show us the way to eternal peace.
It is a time to commit ourselves once again to the struggle against evil - the struggle against the very things that lead to war in the first place. That’s war in the world and the war in our hearts.
Live in the way that God meant you to live - in freedom and by doing all that makes for peace.
Act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Amen. Alan
Those on the frontline
Please pray for all workers on the ‘frontline’ as we see increasing numbers of those catching the coronavirus and increasing hospital admissions. This week you might also like to pray specifically for funeral directors, those who work for them and for staff working in crematoria
In Colombia, guerrilla groups and drug cartels recruit young people to do their dirty work for them. They often target the children of pastors who oppose their activities. Ask God to protect pastors’ families, and to convict the leaders of the rebel groups and drug gangs to stop their practice of recruiting children.
Daniela’s father, Pastor Plinio, was murdered for sharing the gospel in an area controlled by drug gangs. Give thanks that she and her brother Sebastian have received support through the Children’s Centre. Ask Father God to continue to comfort them and help them to find friends as they settle into a new house in a safer area.