November 2018: Thought For The Month

November 02 2018

Lest we forget

What’s your memory like? How well, for instance, do you remember the people and places of your childhood?  

I was born, raised and educated within less than a mile radius of what is now Morrisons on Fishponds Road.  I remember shopping with mum in Tesco (now Pound Store), I remember the smell of pine from the rambling wood yard (now Gala Bingo), I remember spending pocket money in Woolworths (now Sainsburys) and opening a Bank account in Nat West (now a Jamaican restaurant).  But I can’t remember what was on the land now covered by Morrisons and its car park.  Maybe a reader could help me with a photograph that would jog my fading memory?

At this time of year, Remembrance Sunday and the poppies we wear are helpful aids that cause us to remember.  Thankfully, many of us will not have personal memories of war but it is right that we pause and consider those who gave their lives for us and the freedom we enjoy.  I wonder, 100 years on from the end of World War I, whether without that set day and the use of poppies, we would still as a nation be remembering with thankfulness the sacrifices made for us?  The act of remembering those awful days and the great human cost also, I trust, helps us to live differently today – being appreciative of what we have and seeking to maintain or develop peace.    

There is, however, an even greater sacrifice that was made which has achieved a peace and freedom like no other.  A life that was laid down, blood that was shed – for you and I.  The day before his crucifixion, Jesus Christ initiated a simple and symbolic means that would help his followers never to forget what he did for them.  It’s often referred to as Communion today.  Jesus took bread and gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  It reminds us that God became man so that the perfect Jesus could die as our substitute – he took our place.  And he gave them a cup of wine, which represented his blood that would be shed for us.  Jesus died paying the price for our wrongs, so that anyone who turns to him and calls upon him in faith might be forgiven and free.  It’s such a vital sacrifice to be reminded frequently of – so that we might live with overwhelming appreciation to God and live our lives differently in the light of what Jesus has done and achieved for us.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (as it is also called) on the first Sunday of the month as part of our morning service (10.30am), and on the third Sunday as part of our evening service (6pm).  On November 4 we are basing our Family Service entirely around Communion, with the aim of helping all ages understand what it is and why we do it.  You too would be most welcome to join us, lest we forget.   

 

Paul Donovan

Pastor 

Pendennis Good News Church