PRAYER AND REFLECTION

November and December see us into the darker months reflected in the service
of All Souls where we remember the departed, through Remembrance Sunday.
Next we come into Advent, a time for reflection, expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity at Christmas and the return of Christ
at the Second Coming. It is the end of the church year and the beginning of the
new.



CLIMATE SUMMIT


Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created. You are present in the whole
universe and in the smallest of creatures. We acknowledge the responsibilities
you have placed upon us as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace
the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the
poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.
Amen 


Remembrance Sunday


How We Forget
Yes, we remember them, we say,
our fellow men who served us well,
reliving on this autumn day
their sacrifice, their earthly hell.


And this will be the last, we vow,
'Never again', we say, and yet
tomorrow comes and then, somehow,
we look away, too soon forget,


shaming ourselves before our Lord
who sent his Son to die for us
so that our lives might be secured,
by end to death, despair and loss.


Still hatred rages in men's hearts
through every day of every year:
as one war ends another starts,
new storms of horror, pain and fear.


And those who fight for us with love
who still defend our sheltered lives,
still die, still suffer as they serve,
still buy our peace with sacrifice,


these men and women, just like us,
want goodness, blessings, family,
fair share of laughter, life and ease -
yet risk it all for you and me.


So, how shall they remember us?
As those who do nothing, look away?
Stand idle as they bear the cross?
Remember only on this day?


Or shall they see us, as we stand,
determined regiment of peace,
heart with heart and hand in hand til evildies and all wars cease?