On Sunday 13th November, the Remembrance Service was led by Matthew Ramsden (Local Preacher 'On Trial'). Matthew started the service with an opening hymn and prayer.
He then asked various members of the congregation, including the children, about what their understanding was in regard to Remembrance Sunday and if there were people with personal experience of a member of their family who had been involved in the wars.
We sang another Hymn and then a poem was read called 'In Flanders Fields' which led into a time of reflection with music playing in the background leading up to the 11am time of silence. The reading from Genesis 32 v 22-31 was about Jacob wrestling with God till day break after which his name was changed to Israel because he 'struggled with God and overcame'.
The Psalm 98 reading was read together with congregational responses. The gospel reading from Luke 18 v 1-8 was about praying and not to loose heart i.e. the widow's persistence. Matthew's sermon was about reflecting on 'legacy' i.e. of others and living the legacy; wrestling with God and self reflection; being Human i.e. we're all made in God's image with a task to do and as with Jacob, we are given a new identity to live up to even though we're the same people. He continued by speaking about our misconceptions of God and that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Mathew commented that, "Our sin is what brings evil into the world" whether you believe it is personified or not.
He finished by saying that God is just and He will judge the injustice and wipe away our tears. As with the widow, we are to be persistent and struggle in prayer. We sang another hymn and then Mathew closed the service with the Benediction.I may have missed out a few things but suffice to say Matthew did a great job with the help of Brian. I hope he gets invited to come again.
Kindly written by Glen Atkinson.