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November 2015

From the Rectory

I wonder how good you are at remembering things?! I’m one of those people who are very good at remembering utterly useless bits of information, well everyone else thinks they’re utterly useless until they’re on the same quiz team as me! I often get asked “how on earth did you know THAT?” To which my answer almost inevitably is “I just do”.

I can remember conversations and events, but the busier I get the more likely I am to forget things off my mental list, and they suddenly assault me at 3am robbing me of any further sleep!

When memory fails us from overload or creeping age we have to find strategies for coping: lists, alarms on the phone, notes on the fridge. Maybe you have interesting and unusual ways of remembering?

Often the very act of writing something down, etches it into our memory. Action imprints things. Repetition is another tried and tested memory aid –who can forget chanting times tables or French verbs?! Even memory from repetition though will fade if we stop,

At this time of year we are particularly conscious of remembering. November brings us All Souls Day, when we recall the memory of those we have loved and who are no longer with us, the yearly remembrance of them, and of those who have no one to remember them, reminds us they are safe in God’s care, and we are too, now and into eternity.

Remembrance Day of course is a time when we remember with thanks all those who gave their lives in conflict to defend our freedom. The yearly act of remembrance becomes more, not less important as the years go by and fewer remain with living memories of those service men and women, and the events of the last century.

This year, as we continue to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, we remember the faithful witness of all those who have gathered to worship and to live out the love of Christ in this community. We remember with thanks all that they have done, knowing that we stand on their shoulders now as we seek to live Jesus’ mission to our parish and beyond. As we plan and dream, we need to draw on the riches of our history and tradition, and prepare to continue to build on those foundations that have been laid. Remembrance is not static, but something we actively learn from and act upon.

As the Body of Christ we have a weekly remembrance in the Eucharist, Mass or Holy Communion, the feast instituted by Jesus “in Remembrance of me”. We remember with thanksgiving his death on the cross, and his resurrection, walking through death and out the other side so that we might not fear death, but know God’s love for us through all time. This remembrance is the springboard for our mission and ministry; the family meal that draws us together, and sends us out, “to live and work to your praise and glory”

As we remember this month, let us give thanks for those who have lived and died and impacted our lives, but most of all give thanks for Jesus, who lived and died and rose again, so that our living might be fulfilling and eternal and the Kingdom of God might be built here.