Vicar’s weekly thought 11th Nov

‘Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life’ [1]

Week by week, as we remember Christ’s sacrifice of his life for us on the cross, the Church often uses the above words at what is simply known as ‘The Peace’ – this is when everyone in the church is invited to offer each other a sign of peace before we celebrate the Holy Communion. On this Remembrance Sunday, 100 years from the Armistice Day that signalled the end of the 1st World War, these words could be an appropriate call to all of us. Yes, we remember all who have given their lives for our sakes, in wars past and present; we are invited to pray for our own  nation, its peoples and its leaders in particular. But we are also called by the Christian faith to be those who ‘pursue all that makes for peace’.

This week, during an assembly on Remembrance, I asked the children in our Junior School who thought they could make a big difference for peace in our world?

Two children put up their hand I think (good on them!). But then I asked who thought they could make a small difference – and every hand went up!!  We then went on to reflect on just
how we might do that. Unexpectedly though, the words they remembered most from all the famous lines we use at Remembrance were Jesus words, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” [2]  (children never cease to surprise us!). We invite all of you here today to ‘Pray for Peace for all People’ and to reflect on what we can do both as individuals and together to ‘pursue all that makes for peace’, following in the footsteps of Jesus.

[1] Common Worship Church of England   [2] Matthew 5.9 (our service last week was on this! the talk is on this site under sermons)