Vicar's Column - November 2018
St John the Baptist Parish Church
In the life of the church, November can be characterised as a season of remembrance. It is a time when the church can be of especial value and service to the community. There is the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed on All Souls’ Day. This will be marked on the evening of the 4thwith a service in which we remember loved ones who have died. Then follows the remembrance of those who have died in war: on Remembrance Sunday St John’s becomes packed out by uniformed organisations and community members. The various conflicts in recent years have meant that this service has grown in popularity. Lessons still need to be learned from the two world wars particularly recalled on this occasion. This year it is, of course, the centenary of the end of the First World War, a war which soon extinguished the myth of the glories of battle for those who experienced its realities. In the evening on Remembrance Sunday we will hold a Peace Eucharist. This is a reflective, choral service; a special opportunity to lament the follies of war and pray for peace.
Conflict will also be a theme on the Feast of Christ the King. Our guest speaker, Neil Graham, is from Embrace the Middle East, one of the missions supported by St John’s. Neil led our ethical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2016, where a group of us were exposed to the consequences of the ongoing conflict for the daily lives of Palestinians.
The appointed lectionary passages for this season all draw on the important theme of the reign of God, with particular emphasis on Jesus’ teaching on the Kingdom of God (or Heaven). May we pray for God’s Kingdom to penetrate the darkness and despair of our troubled world and for wisdom as to how we can be a part of that process.
God our Mother, Living Water,
River of Mercy, Source of Life,
in whom we live and move and have our being,
who quenches our thirst, refreshes our weariness,
bathes and washes and cleanses our wounds,
be for us always a fountain of life,
and for all the world a river of hope
springing up in the midst of the deserts of despair.
Miriam Therese Winter
Rev Dr Lisa Cornwell
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Find St John the Baptist Parish Church
Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT
There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street.