Letter from Rector – October 2019

Dear Friends,

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have died.

Over the past six years. I have conducted many funerals and services of Thanksgiving. Living in a village, one can’t help but be aware that loss and sadness affects us both individually and corporately.  In November, we have a special day of Remembrance to remember all who have died at the hands of war. We remember those who fought bravely in our own parishes. But on a more personal level, we sometimes feel we need to have an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died.  To have an opportunity to give thanks for all that they have meant to us. We come seeking to learn of God’s love and to open our lives to the strength that he can give us as we continue on the journey of life without them. To pray for ourselves and all who mourn that we would be comforted.

We will be holding a service on the 1st November at midday in St Mary’s Church. This service is for everyone who has experienced loss recently or in the past.  It may be that you haven’t been to church for a while but I want to invite you to come and have an opportunity to listen to the words and music. To give thanks for the life you remember as we light a candle and offer prayers.

There will be a Book of Remembrance as you come in. These names will then be read out during a time of reflection and remembrance.

At the end of the service you are invited to stay for a simple lunch of bread and soup.

Please let me know if you are coming. Rev Julie 01892 770 436 or revjuliesear1@gmail.com

Eternal God and Father,
We praise you that you have made people to share life together
and to reflect your glory in the world.
We thank you now for those whom we come to remember today,
for all that we saw of your goodness and love in their lives
and for all that they have meant to us.
As we too journey towards death may we do so in the company of Jesus,
who came to share our life that we might share the life of eternity.
To him be glory with you and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.