November 06, 2007

Looking Ahead to November 11, 2007 -- 24th Sunday After Pentecost, Remembrance Day

This Sunday our worship service will be at 7:00 pm not 10:30 am as usual. This is to allow people to attend the Legion service in the morning.

The Scripture Readings for this Sunday are:

  • From the Jewish Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-9
  • From the Letters of the Early Church: Romans 12:18-21
  • From the Gospel: Matthew 5:9, 43-47

The Hymns for this Sunday are:

  • Evening is Here Now (see insert)
  • 443 God, We Pray at this Beginning
  • Let There be Peace on Earth (see insert)
  • 433 Day is Done

This Sunday we also celebrate the sacrament of Baptism.

The meditation is titled United for Peace

Early Thoughts: As we remember the war where do we see ourselves going? What does it mean to be called to be peacemakers?

This Sunday is Remembrance Day. On this day we pause to remember those who died in the many wars of the 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century. But what do we do with that? Scripture makes it plain that we look forward to a time when all will live in peace. It is also clear that we have a role in making that happen.

At the last couple meetings of General Council the United Church was challenged on the issue of investing in Israel and Palestine. What role do our investment choices have in promoting peace or continuing the causes of conflict? Partly out of those discussions the United Church is launching a two year campaign called United for Peace. If you follow the link you can learn more about this campaign.

This Sunday we will lift up some of the issues around being peacemakers and peace-bringers. This is something we do in big and small ways. On this Sunday as we welcome a child into God's family it seems appropriate to talk about making the world a more peaceful place for our children to grow up in.

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