This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. It is going to be, and feel to be, very different this year.
The second ‘lockdown’ starts at midnight tonight and all we know is that it will continue until at least 2 December. During that time we are asked to stay at home where at all possible and only go out for specific reasons; such as work, shopping for essentials, care of self and others, and exercise.
Sadly, we will not be able to hold any services in our churches during this period – but in a significant difference from the Spring, we are able to open our churches for private prayer. More on that below.
It is also very welcome that an exemption has been granted that means carefully held Services of Remembrance can be held this Sunday at our War Memorials. The general advice is that, as we will be in a state of lockdown, people should choose to stay at home and participate in Remembrance events online, on TV or radio. However, if you would like to attend, you certainly may. Here is the actual wording from the Government guidance:
“Members of the public are legally permitted to stop and watch the event as spectators, but event organisers should take reasonable steps to discourage the public from attending events, and be mindful of the risk that such events pose, especially to veterans who are often elderly.
Where members of the public do attend, they must only attend the event with their own household or those in their support bubble, or one other person (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on 2 people meeting outside) and observe social distancing rules.”
It is very important that if you are attending an Act of Remembrance on Sunday that you observe the above and maintain social distancing rules.
An Act of Remembrance will take place as follows this Sunday in each of these parishes:
10:45am at Tatworth, Chaffcombe and Thorncombe War Memorials
3pm at Winsham War Memorial
There will also be an online version (pre-recorded) available from Sunday at https://twoshires.wordpress.com/sunday-service.
The words of Laurence Binyon:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For the period of Lockdown we are unable to hold any forms of gathered worship in churches, inside or outside. Therefore, weekly worship will only be online, as we developed during the first lockdown.
This Sunday will be the Service of Remembrance, link above. Next Sunday (15th November) will be live on Zoom and also recorded – details next week.
This Thursday do join me for our weekly midweek evening service. Thursday 5th November Zoom at 7:30pm for Compline:
Meeting ID: 717 4519 2963
All churches continue to be open during the week for an hour for private individual prayer. In line with new regulations during the lockdown this time is only for that use.
Wednesdays – Tatworth, Cricket Malherbie & Thorncombe at 11am
Thursdays – Chaffcombe & Winsham at 11am
FOR YOUR PRAYERS:
· The people of the USA as they wait for election results. That there may be calm and peace in uncertain times.
· All in England as we prepare for, and enter, a second lockdown
· Our neighbours, near and far, that people don’t feel alone and are able to access the care and support they need.
· Those affected by war, directly and indirectly, those affected by traumatic loss in times of war and of peace.
We also pray for those we know who are sick, and those we don’t know, including those we are asked to pray by name for:
Bishop Peter Hancock; Hannah Knott; Rob Allen; Lynne Applegarth; Phyllis Baker; Margaret Bandy; Sue Bennett; Sue Cheese; Terry Conway; Nick Frankau; Paul Glazier; David Goodwill; Mike Heywood; Joy Howard; Ann Jarvis; Frank Long; Peter McHugh; Diana Rowlands; Ann Ricketts; Jim Tucker; Rosemary Walley; Rosemary Walton; Vivien Wheaton; Alan Wills, Anna Woodward; Pamala Young; Milly granddaughter of Jane & Alan Rudkin; Gillian Muggeridge; Chris Gould; Brian Griffiths; Peter Hathway; Dorothy Down
For the Bereaved – The family & friends of: Rachel Lambert; Mark Lindsey; Meg Terrett.
SCRIPTURE FOR THIS WEEK:
Wed 4 Nov – Phil 2:12-18; Luke 14:25-33
Thur 5 Nov – Phil 3:3-8a; Luke 15:1-10
Fri 6 Nov – Phil 3:17-4:1; Luke 16:1-8
Sat 7 Nov – Phil 4:10-19; Luke 16:9-15
Sun 8 Nov – Wisd 6:12-16; Matt 25:1-13
Mon 9 Nov – Titus 1:1-9; Luke 17:1-6
Tues 10 Nov – Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Luke 17:7-10
Wed 11 Nov – Titus 3:1-7; Luke 17:11-19
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK:
Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us
that have not yet been cast out by love:
may we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people,
and live lives of justice, courage and mercy;
through Jesus Christ our risen redeemer.
Blessings to you all