Anglican Church News
From the Vicar
This year is, of course, the centenary of the end of the Great War of 1914 – 1918. It is poignant that the 11th November is a Sunday. Many of our churches will be holding Remembrance services and you are warmly invited to come along.
We all know the story: the story that changed the face of Europe, the story that saw over thirteen million civilians and military personnel killed, the story that threatened both political regimes and devastated families. But we have remembered this story 99 times before and there is a danger that we lose sight of its poignance in relation to today’s society. We all hear the numbers and statistics so frequently that maybe we forget their value. We all hear the accounts of destruction, but there is another danger that we simply think of it as another generation’s war. And if we do think of it, we think only briefly.
This year marks the end of the centenary of World War One and, as such we have even greater distance between us and “it” but, this November, it is particularly important that we engage with it more so than ever. Whilst it is right and just that war makes way for peace, peacetime complacency can make us forget that this was a period of devastation that touched every British family. As the words remind us: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them”.
We should reflect on the lessons which the Great War taught and continues to teach us. We ought to follow our Christian belief in mutual love, appreciating one another in a steadfast desire to avoid repeating the devastation of history.
I was sadly reminded by a newspaper article that called this the First World War, that it wasn’t the first and that it wasn’t ever spoken of as the First World War until the Second ‘World’ War had unfolded. Did we learn as we remembered? Do we learn?
When we stop once a year to contemplate the sacrifice of those who came before us we should ask ourselves, “What can this teach me about my life and my responsibilities?” The important instruction that we can receive from those brave men and women is to be strong and courageous in the face of adversity and to value one’s own moral principles highly enough to fight for them.
Remembrance Sunday reminds us three life lessons; that love is costly, justice is hard won, and peace requires our recommitment.
With every blessing
Parishes of Woodborough, Epperstone, Oxton & Gonalston
Church Services & Happenings in November
8.00am Holy Communion (W’b)
10.00am Family Service (W’b)
10.50am Remembrance service (Gon)
11th November (Remembrance Day)
10.50am Remembrance Day service (W’b)
10.50am Remembrance Day service (Ox)
18th November (Christ the King)
9.30am Holy Communion (W’b)
9.30am Holy Communion (Ep)
11.00am BCP Holy Communion (Gon)
6.00pm Prayer & Reflection (Ox)
9.30am Morning Prayer (W’b)
11.00am All Age service (Ox)
6.00pm Advent Service (Ep)
12.30pm Mid-week Holy Communion & Bring & Share lunch (W’b)