Remembrance Sunday November 2021

Today is Remembrance Sunday when we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn. In our town centres today people from all faiths and none will gather at the memorials which punctuate our civic landscape and our history helping us to maintain a connection with our past.

Each name on the memorials exclaims a horrific truth of our past. Do we stop and read the names? Behind each name there is a real person, a story, a family, a tragedy. We thank God for the friendships and love of those who have gone before – that in them we witnessed God’s grace.

We pray:
O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children.