With summer and Harvest behind us, perhaps the year seems to take on a more serious turn. Christmas still seems far off (although the shops would like us to think otherwise!) but before long it will be the poignant time of All Souls and Remembrance. as the days shorten and get colder, we may naturally become more pensive.
All Souls’ Day gives us a yearly opportunity to remember loved ones no longer with us. At St John’s this year’s All Souls’ service is on Monday 6 November, at 6.30 pm: it’s a gentle, simple service which gives the space to remember our loved ones, to light a candle, or to read their names and commend them afresh to God’s care. Everyone is welcome: and if you can’t be there in person, but would like your loved one remembered by name or by lighting of a candle, please do let me know and we will make sure this is done.
And then it is time to remember the sacrifice of those who died in conflict, and to pray for peace. St John’s has not traditionally held a Remembrance Sunday service, and many people find it helpful to attend the larger services in Saffron Walden by the War Memorial or in St Mary’s church, but this year it seems appropriate to gather round the new memorial which was installed in Little Walden last year.
So we are holding a short and simple service at 10.45am on Saturday 11 November – ready for the Two Minutes’s Silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the very moment when the 1918 Armistice came into effect. Do join us there as we honour all those who fought in those conflicts.
With my prayers and best wishes to you all