It is days like Remembrance Sunday which remind me that people still have a need for God!
This year, I widened our church service into a remembrance for all who have loved and lost - in other words, all of us. Having taken quite a few funerals in the past couple of years (for a Baptist, anyway!), I invited the relatives to come back to church for the occasion. About a dozen extra folk came along, which was great. A few backed out at the last moment because the grief, for them, was too raw.
We reflected on the nature of loss and the hope of resurrection, making sure that the service was as user-friendly as possible to a group of people who were not used to church. We concluded our service with an opportunity for people to come and light a candle for those they have loved and lost. About half of the congregation came out to do so, including those who were specially invited.
It was a moving way to remember that we all experience loss, and that God grieves with us whilst holding out the hope of life to come.
Love the photo - glad people felt able to participate. We did something similar.ReplyDelete
Catriona - see my comment already made on your blog.ReplyDelete