Holy Trinity Church
Richard Writes

Revd Richard Reade




                                                                                                                                              



                                                                                                                                                                                  November 2017

Richard's November Letter

Dear Friends,

It´s that wonderful time of the year as the leaves change into a kaleidoscope of colours before falling. Very swiftly it seems that the nights are drawing in and there´s a hint of bonfire in the wind. I don´t know about you but I have always loved the colours and smells of autumn (I don´t get hay fever during this season for a change). Autumn leaves always put me in mind of walking with my grandparents in Shropshire and kicking through piles of leaves on the ground.

There´s something about the autumn season that invokes memories of the past. The church´s calendar also reflects this idea of recalling to mind. We begin the month with the feast of All Saints when we recall people of faith through the ages, some well-known and others obscure, who through their lives have witnessed to God´s saving acts of love and care for creation.

The following day (2nd) is the feast of All Souls when the church invites people to remember with thanksgiving the lives of loved ones who have passed away, whether recently or many years ago. Contrary to any misconception, this is not about praying to the dead but rather recalling them to mind and commending them to God´s loving care and the promise of resurrection.

On the second Sunday in November (This year on the 12th), the church and secular calendars come together as we have special services for Remembrance, as we recall those who gave their lives in the service of the nation in the military; those who returned safely and to re-commit ourselves, under God, to work for lasting peace and understanding between nations.

Before entering the season of Advent, when we are invited to reflect on God´s saving grace revealed in the stories of the Old and New Testaments (Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary), we first celebrate the end of the church year which is the Feast of Christ the King. We recall the truth that in each eucharist we remember the events leading to the crucifixion and we encounter Christ in the sacrament, not as a dead hero but as a living presence who guides, strengthens and inspires us. Each time we celebrate at the altar we proclaim that Christ is risen and that Christ will come again. The eucharist is the central act of remembrance but also looks to the future and the coming of the Kingdom in its fullness and the image of the banquet of the Messiah. So November gives us plenty of opportunities to recall God´s love and the many gifts we receive at God´s hands including loved ones.

Every blessing

Richard





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