Remembrance Sunday – what a wonderful worship service of honor, of memory and tears and of hope. To hear the Honour Roll read out followed by the clear sound of the bugle Last Post, Silence and Rouse was deeply moving. The moment of silence seems to feel ever more poignant as we age. How special it felt to sing “O Canada,” both verses.
Lois Cutler shared her memories and read a letter from her father serving overseas. Her sharing helped us imagine what it was like for a small child with a mother raising two small children, her husband away at war and returning after five years. A memorial wreathe was laid on the communion table beside photographs of family members who served in the wars.
The sermon titled “Why Did They Give?” began with a memory of young men boarding the trains at the Belleville station, bound for Europe. Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney ended as follows: “What made them do it? The woman in the temple, the mother who repaid her debt, my parents, the young men on the train? When you think of it, all of them had a desire for something better for someone else. They were willing to sacrifice of themselves. Jesus told his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.” How much more so when this is done for succeeding generations or those whom we might never know.” Sermon
We were so grateful to have been part of a service that balanced the remembrance and honouring of those who served both in Europe and at home during war, and those who worked for and continue to commit themselves to Peace.
Be with us, O God in our remembering. Strengthen us to resist evil and to work for peace with the same commitment and self-sacrifice as those whom we honour this day. Amen.
It was an honour to have Veteran Captain Mike Young with us today. Mike served in the regular army, doing a tour in the Middle East during the Yom Kippur War. He served with NATO in Germany and was a reservist in the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
Thank you for rich and wonderful music: Cindy Darwin and Gordon Britton, Jerome Lidster and Mark Bertuzzi, Rob Gretsinger and Zac Darwin and the Folk of Note.
During our Refreshment and Social Time, congregants were able to get a “Peace Poppy”, their copy of the newly completed “Faces of KUC” photo directory and the 2020 Calendar of the United Church of Canada. There were also lots of ways to share in the busy-ness of KUC happenings with sign-up for “Ye Olde Church Pot Luck Dinner”, the KUC Cookie Walk and/or helping with refreshments on Sundays.