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EDITORIAL FROM THE LATEST CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER

Remember, Remember……

Rev Lin Francis, Superintendent Minister, writes:


At a funeral before I moved here in August, I was told that the family had discovered that they had celebrated their mother's eightieth birthday a year late!  She obviously didn't want her son to know how old she really was.  Funerals are often a time of reminiscing, and families discover all sorts of information about their loved ones.  The date of the birthday, the actual 'real' name and place of birth are typical pieces of information which are found to be different than previously known.   


November is the month in which we seem to have to remember all sorts of things and often, there seems to be slight anomalies.  Here in the West we observe the feast of All Saints Day on 1 November, to celebrate all Christian Saints, known and unknown.  It was apparently originally kept on the first Sunday after Pentecost, as it still is in the East.  All Souls' Day is the commemoration day of the souls of the faithful departed, on 2 November, the day after All Saints Day.  My previous Circuit held an All Saints' Day Memorial Service on the 1 November each year.  Is it me, or shouldn't this be on 2 November?  Ours here, makes more sense.  So please do come to Marlborough Road on Sunday 2 November at 6.00pm for our Remembrance/Memorial service.


Remembrance Sunday is celebrated on 11 November.  In association with the British Legion we traditionally remember those who died whilst serving their country in the two World Wars.  As society has changed and more conflicts have been fought, we now remember all who have died in all conflicts.


As society has changed and the needs of people who mourn and grieve are brought into the public eye, many resources have been written.  The Churches Together publication - 'Beyond our Tears' is one such excellent book.  Within all the commemorations of various tragedies; including Dunblane and the Soham murders, the Christian message of hope and of God's comforting love stands out.  The Bible Society have produced a book called 'Hear my Cry' a book for when there are no words.  People who do not come into the Church, except on occasions like funerals, are searching for help.  As practising Christians, we need all the help we can get, in order to help those who grieve.  


Within our Communion Service we use symbols and words to help us remember Our Lord; words which tell of his death, resurrection and ascension and symbols to be used as an act of remembrance.  Remembering comes in all sorts of ways, but we must do this with a sense of thanksgiving along with the sorrow that inevitably exists.


So as we journey through November, remember what you have to remember, but do so knowing the words from Romans 8: 35-39 'Nothing can separate us from the love of God.'


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COFFEE MORNINGS AROUND THE CIRCUIT

Marlborough Road -

Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion


Hornton -

Every Friday 10.30 - 12.00


Hinton -

1st Saturday of the month 10.00 - 12.00

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