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November 2015 - Where Does Peace Begin?

In November we stop to remember - not just with fireworks on 5th - but in two other important ways. November 2nd is All Souls' Day, when we remember before God the faithful departed and our fellowship with them in Christ. (Details of which can be found in the diary on page 5.)
The other great occasion to keep is Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on the 8th. (Please see diary for details.) On this day the whole nation - and many others - will be remembering and honouring those who died in defence of our freedoms in the two World Wars and in all wars since, right up to the present day. We also remember all who were injured or bereaved and all who suffer now as a consequence of war.

The need to remember, give thanks and to support them is just as important now as in past years, for we are regularly reminded of the terrible effects of war on both servicemen and women and on civilians in so many places. The vast numbers of refugees, fleeing wars in the Middle East, is an increasing reminder both of the need for compassion and of the urgency of seeking peace and justice for everyone on this planet.
We need to encourage and support every genuine effort towards peace. This is not a hopeless quest, for there are certainly many people who long for, pray for and work for peace around the world, known to us or unknown.
But there is one thing that we must bear in mind and put into practice each and every day. Where does peace begin? It does not begin with 'them' but with 'us' and above all with 'me'. We each have the chance and the duty to be a peacemaker every day. While we remember, let's take our part.

'Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.'

God Bless you all.


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