Sarah’s Soundings: November 2018

November is a time for remembrance. All Saints’ Day on November 1st celebrates all saints, whether known or unknown and is of course also our ‘patronal festival’ at All Saints’ Church.

All Souls’ Day on November 2nd is traditionally a time for those who have died, especially those who are known to us personally.

And November 11th of course is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember with respect and gratitude those who have died in war. This year, as the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, is particularly significant.

Remembrance – or remembering is about looking back, taking note of where we have come from and the people who made our lives today, possible. It is also about re-membering – putting back together something which has come apart somehow. Good remembrance must have an impact on how we live now.

As November moves into December we move from a season of remembrance into Advent and looking forward to the great story of God coming into the world to put it back together and to call us humans to cooperate with that too.

This comes with my best wishes and prayers


All Saints’ Church

With proud thanksiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old :

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


Extract from 'For the Fallen' - Lawrence Binyon(1869 - 1943):