Nov 6-Remembrance Sunday- WE United
readings: Mark 12:41-44
Title: Never Forgotten
Remembrance Day is on Friday Nov. 11.Each year it falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and
the church designates the Sunday before, as Remembrance Sunday.
The purpose of
Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday in Canada, is to affirm the lives lost
in war, and bring them here with us as we worship in freedom and peace.
We should never take for
granted the freedom we have to celebrate our freedom and diversity in Canada.
generations of Canadians have not known the horrors of war, and so sometimes
people wonder if Remembrance Day is still relevant.The answer is yes it still is important to
remember the tragedies of war and those who sacrificed. Sadly, we are
still hearing the horrible things that are happening in the war between Russia
War takes its toll on
It constructs acts of
horror and heroism.
It shows humanity at its
worst and its best
Today we also remember
the Korean war. Since the Korean war began in 1950, it
divided Korea into two countries, and the war is not over yet. For more
than 70 years the Korean people have endured a constant state of hostility and
war. There has been so much conflict, hate, and quarrelling with each
other over the division of the peninsula. In 1953, the armistice was
signed, yet a peace treaty has still not been established.
Since the Iraq war, also called Second Persian Gulf War,
(2003–11), more than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to
fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, struggle with physical and mental
health problems, and feel disconnected from civilians and societies.
The wars are caused by the human sins of greed, power and
wealth. There is no end to the sacrifices of war, which causes suffering and
pain for generations to come.
What should we do? We feel like war is out of our
is a powerful story in the gospel, of a widow who gave all that she had, like
the young folks in wars who gave and still give all that they have. We should
remember their sacrifices and acknowledge the fact that they laid down their
lives for others.
poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins worth about a
penny. Most people wouldn’t appreciate that, but Jesus did. He
understood just how difficult it must be for that woman to sacrifice her last
two coins. He understood the faith and courage it took for her to do that.
young soldiers went to war; our soldiers go to war, not knowing what will
happen to them or if they will even come back. They step out in faith and
in courage and they give all that they have. They sacrifice life and
should remember their courage and keep the peace.
preacher Martin Luther King once said, “The arc of history is long and it bends
towards justice.” For this reason, we dare to dream of a world filled with
justice and peace, where one day our children will study war no more. All
these hopes and dreams are alive to God. In God all things are possible.
Jesus was asked to explain what he meant by the resurrection, he said, "We
are all alive to God.”
means God is able to use all of our lives to create good. God can redeem what
is past. God can use all that is happening in this present moment to change the
course of history.
God can offer us in the future new choices and possibilities which can lead to
we read in Flanders Fields. When fighting ceased in 1918 the mud of the
battlefields was allowed to rest and nature began to be restored and before
long the wild flowers grew and amongst them the poppies bloomed. The
color...red, reminded people of the bloodshed and the sacrifice of millions of
brave soldiers. And so, the poppy became the symbol of sacrifice.
We, in the
Christian Church, also have a symbol. It’s the Cross of Jesus.
One of His
great sayings is: ‘Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life
for his friends’ (John 15:13).
symbols of sacrifice – the Poppy and the Cross...for the Known...and the
Unknown...but never forgotten!!
Today, we remember,
Remembrance Day is not just a time to remember those who died nor is it a time
to say that war is honourable.Its a time when we
stand up for peace and justice, ending wars. Peace begins when we commit
ourselves once again to the struggle against evil…the struggle against the very
things that lead to war in the first place.
As peace-makers, we can each do something
to make sure that peace continues in our lives through prayer and through our
"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,"
is a popular hymn that we often sing in church. Recently, a friend sent
me this poem that was written, keeping they hymn in mind. It is called,
"A Reverse Peace Prayer" by an unknown author. It offers us
some good food for thought.
Lord, make me a channel
Where there is apathy,
let me provoke
Where there is compliance,
let me bring questioning
Where there is silence,
may I be a voice
Where there is too much
comfort and too little action
Where there are doors
closed and hearts locked
Grant the willingness to
When laws dictate and
pain is overlooked
Grant that I may rather
seek to DO justice
Than to TALK about it
To BE WITH as well as
FOR the poor
To love the unlovable as
well as the lovely
LORD MAKE ME A CHANNEL
We are peacemakers in
everyday small things. We can't change others, but we can change ourselves.
When we practice peace
and justice, we are like the widow who offered all she
Live in the way that God
meant us to live… keep freedom by doing all that makes for everlasting peace;
by doing justice, and loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.
Let us be
silent no longer, and act for peace. This is our true remembering
of those tragic wars and this is where healing starts. God is with us all
on this path.