This is the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day and as such we had some moments of remembrance in the service. As I specifically mention in at least one of the sermons, I don’t preach on secular calendar events. There is nothing wrong with those events but we are Revised Common Lectionary churches and it is the Lectionary that provides the texts. With that in mind, I was gratified to see a connection between Remembrance Day and out texts.
Remembrance Day can be a hard time for many of us. Remembering loss is rarely pleasant for any of us and remembering loss with no hope is even worse. Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, talks about how it is possible to grieve with hope. What I was trying to tie together this week was the undeniable reality and pain of loss with hope.
I am one of the people for whom this can be a difficult time. I have always had a strong connection to Remembrance Day through a combination of family, friends and historical awareness. There was a bit “more of me” in the services today which I think is okay 🙂
The Knox Presbyterian recording has a few audio challenges this week. We are experimenting with some sound enhancement to address some hearing difficulties. I tried to pull out the hum but when I did, I no longer sounded like myself (nor any other human being really); I hope you don’t find it too problematic.
Knox Presbyterian We remember with hope (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)
St. Mark’s Presbyterian We remember with hope (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)