Vicar's Column November 2019
St John the Baptist Parish Church
I’ve run out of words on Brexit (and who knows what will have happened by the time you read this), so I will leave it to the Bishops in this edition and stick to more solid ground – the liturgical year….
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 3rdwith 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 recalled on this occasion, especially as we are now witnessing a troubling rise of nationalism and popularism. The recent BBC documentary The Rise of the Naziswas particularly illuminative and chilling. I recommend catching up with it on i-player if you missed it. 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.
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 nation and world and for wisdom as to how we can be a part of that process.
Revd 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.