Dear Friends,

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November

Gunpowder treason and plot

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

 

The month of November brings many opportunities to remember important things.  Of course, there is Guy Fawkes Day when we remember the importance of protecting our democratic representation in Parliament.  This is very poignant this year with the recent murder of MP Sir David Amess.  The threat of those who would silence out political process is still very real. 

On Sunday 7th November we will once again observe All Saints Sunday when we will remembers those who have entered the life beyond death and are now a part of the cloud of witnesses that surround us.  We will have the opportunity to remember those of our fellowship who have died in the past year as well as other loved ones and friends.

 

The following Sunday 14th November is Remembrance Sunday when we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our freedom and security.  During our worship service, which will start at 10:45am, we will join with others across our nation in two minutes of silence at 11:00am.

For me personally, I will be remembering family and friends in the United States who will be gathering together on Thursday 25th November for Thanksgiving Day, when they will be remembering and giving thanks for the blessing of the past year.

Remembering is an important Biblical concept.  We are called to remember God’s love and forgiveness in Jesus Christ – to remember God’s covenant with us – to remember God’s commandments.  As Psalm 103 reminds us…

 

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always accuse,

    nor will he keep his anger forever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

    nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

    so far he removes our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion for his children,

    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we were made;

    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;

    they flourish like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

    and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

    on those who fear him,

    and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant

    and remember to do his commandments.

 

These are things we should always remember.

 

Rick