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Thought of the Month

November

Remembering can be wonderful. Looking through old photos recently we laughed, and winced, at some of the clothes, and haircuts, of our younger days. But there's always a sadness at the pictures of loved ones lost. And there's sadness as memories becomes harder to recall.

Remembering is a big theme this month.

On November 5th, many people will enjoy fireworks (or hide from them) and (possibly) remember the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The plot was foiled, and the King was safe, and so Parliament passed an act to command national Thanksgiving every 5th of November with special Church services and celebrations. This act wasn't repealed until over 250 years later! And we are still observing it today in our bonfires and firework displays. Is it just for fun? Or does it mean more? Is remembering that significant?

November 11th this year marks the centenary of the armistice, the end of the Great War, 100 years ago to the minute at 11am. It's an international commemoration when millions will stand and commit to remember those who gave their lives in service for their country in war. It's also a commemoration of Peace, and a commitment to seek peace wherever possible. Remembering is certainly important.

Jesus once gave a command to remember: "Do this to remember me" said Jesus to his followers at their final meal together, thanking God, breaking bread and sharing a cup of wine. Churches across the world have continued to celebrate Holy Communion since the earliest days and will continue to do so "until he comes". And as we remember Jesus in bread and wine, we're not just remembering his death for us on the cross, but also, we are remembering his presence with us, his followers, right now, today. This physical act of remembering really helps Christian people in daily life.

So, remembering may be wonderful and happy, or difficult and sad. Whichever is the case for you, may God help you to find your way through. For Jesus promised "I will be with you always". Don't forget it.

Graham

 

We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.

The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.

Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.

One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.

 
 

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This Month's Quote
May God strengthen you in your inner being through the Spirit, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Ephesians 3: 14-21