We are one parish with the good fortune of having two churches in Surbiton with their own histories and styles.
As the leaves fall from the trees, we come to a hinge point in the church year. In November, essentially we're looking back.
On the evening of November 2nd, we hold our All Souls service, also known as "The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed". This is when we pray for those who have died. As the name says, this is for everyone, but it's natural for us each to pray for particular people who we've loved and lost from this earthly life. At the service, there's a chance to light a candle in memory of a loved one, and take a spray of rosemary, the herb of remembrance and thanksgiving. The choir sing and it's a beautiful, reflective occasion.
By a quirk of the Armistice date, since 1918, this day of remembering is followed a week later by another, this time praying in particular for those who have died in war. We'll be thinking about this with little ones at the 9.15am service at St Mark's, but marking out the silence at 11am on Remembrance Sunday at St Andrew's. Maybe it's me; maybe it's the age we're living in; maybe it's the wars that happen around the world, but somehow this gets more moving with every year that passes. You would think that there is enough suffering in the world that occurs naturally for humans not to add to it by fighting each other in war. And yet even now we may feel that war is justified as the least of various terrible options.
In Advent, we'll come to look forward, both to Christmas and to Jesus as the Messiah, but for the start of November, we're looking back. And it's important to do so, because it's only by taking a look back from time to time that we appreciate how to act in our futures.
|Tweets by @Surbiton_Church||
19 October 2014
All Souls Service at St Andrew's Church
Sunday 2nd November 2014. If you would like to hear the name of a loved one read out at the All Souls service on Sunday 2nd November, please PRINT their name on the sheet at the back of church. The service is at St Andrew's at 6pm and is a beautiful one, with tender music, to help remember before God those we have loved and continue to love but are not on this earth any longer.
Emmaus Course: Growing in Scripture
Monday 3rd November 7.30pm @ St Mark's Church. The Emmaus Course resumes with a new module and will continue on the 10th, 17th, 24th of November and 1st December. All are invited to the session. If you'd like to find out more contact Celia or Tim.