LETTER FROM THE VICARAGE - NOVEMBER 2021
We reproduce here the monthly letter from our Vicar as it appears in our parish magazine, the Parish News.
Letter from the vicarage
Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it he also poured oil on it. Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel (which means House of God). Genesis 35:14
One hundred and one years ago, on November 11th at 11am the 'Cenotaph' in Whitehall, London, was unveiled by King George V as part of the Nation's recognition of the ultimate sacrifice that so many had made in the Great War (1914-18). This unveiling was part of an elaborate funeral procession on its way to Westminster Abbey to bury the remains of an unknown warrior whose body was brought back from the battlefield on the continent to lay beside the Kings and Queens who had previously been laid to rest there.
Many such war memorials will be the focus of those who gather in villages, towns and cities throughout the land on Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on the 14th November, not to be confused with 'Armistice Day' which is always commemorated on the 11th. Many of these memorials, raised by public subscription, recognise and recall a particular event or events. This is nothing new, as you can see from the Scripture verse above in the book of Genesis. Memorials help us to recall and recognise events and people in a very tangible way, some of them are very imposing, others very simple, yet all are very moving in their own way. It is important for us in our communities to remember those who walked where we walk now, yet who left these shores, either never to return or to come home with injuries and scars sometimes visible sometimes not, as to their experiences in conflicts across the world.
The work of organisations like the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and many more, have done and are still doing immense work, often unseen, to assist the former combatants and their families through difficult and dark times. 'Wearing your poppy' is a sign of your solidarity and support for the ongoing work. As we gather around our War Memorials, like thousands of others on Remembrance Sunday, let us thank God that we have an opportunity to reflect and remember their sacrifice. The Service at Wisborough Green will be led by Canon John Bundock and will begin in Church at 10am and proceed to the Memorial on the Village Green for 11am. The Service at Kirdford will begin in church at 10.50 and wreaths will be laid at the lychgate at the end of the service to complete proceedings.
I do hope that you will be able to join with us on this very special day in our national calendar.