A Poem for Remembrance Sunday

Home » News » A Poem for Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance06
Revd Barbara Gleeson

From the President of the Conference the Revd Barbara Glasson

What do we remember today?

The child with the gun
The shell of the house
The crumble of dreams
The breaking of bodies and peace?

The ringing of ears
The screaming of shot
The shrapnel of brick
The breaking of cover and trust?

The bearing of arms
The bearing of grief
The bearing of news
The breaking of treaties and pacts?

The braving of stares
The shaking of heads
The silence of days
The breaking of promise and hearts?

The living for peace
The longing to change
The disarming of hate
The breaking of patterns of war?

The piercing of death
The weeping of friends
The anguish of grief
The rising and breaking of bread?

A Prayer

God of peace and gentleness
we remember with deep sorrow
the fault, fear, and failure
that repeatedly leads to the forming of enemies,
the escalation of hatred and to war.

We repent of our complicity in cycles of violence
for colluding with anger
or defaulting to patterns of hostility.

We pray,
as we remember those who have
suffered as a result of our forgetfulness
or our inhumanity one to another,
that we may also
disarm our desire to overpower, capture or vanquish.

Help us to resist peacefully every form of violence
so that we can follow you
in ways of gentleness and justice,
continually resolving to form life-giving relationships,
strengthened by the forgiveness of Jesus
the fearlessness of the Spirit
the transforming love of the Creator.

Amen

You may also be interested in

Year of Prayer
Prayer & Worship: Fri 18 Sep 10:43am

Why a Year of Prayer?The Methodist Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer so that our Church-wide commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God's grace and love.Be part of this movement of prayer as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us be a growing, evangelistic...

DL Page
Church News

Closing ServiceThe final service at David Livingstone URC was held at 4.00 pm on Sunday 13 September 2020.The service was led by Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of the URC Eastern Synod, and Revd Kathryn Taylor, the minister at the church. Sadly, Covid-19 social distancing measure meant that the church could only accommodate 10 people but we were pleased to welcome other friends from...

Local Preacher Admission - Blair Welcomes
Church News

Sunday 6 September 2020 saw the Admission of Mrs Susan Swindale to the Office and Ministry of Local Preacher in a special service held at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Harlow.The Service was led by the Revd Blair Kirkby, Superintendent Minister and the congregation was made up of 20 or so folk 'social distanced' in the church, and a larger number from churches around the Area...

© 2012 - 2020 Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area

Methodist, United Reformed Church and Anglican Churches in Partnership