November 2020 Magazine Letter

Rectors Letter from November 2020 Parish Magazine

The Reverend Silke Tetzlaff

Rector

Telephone / Fax: (01580) 891258
Email: Rev Silke Tetzlaff

Not available on Mondays

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ENDURANCE

I don’t know, but how much longer can we endure the effects of the pandemic? The strain is felt by all of us and all around. It seems never ending. It is an unpleasant and difficult situation without seemingly giving way.

Thinking of the 11th November, Armistice Day, the endurance of these people caught up in the two world wars was incredible. The realisation of it hit me particularly this year. How incredible and tough these people must have been to survive tragedies and utter desolation. Two world wars and nations worldwide had to endure the most awful times over many years.

We commemorate these amazing men, women and children every year with words:

“They shall grow not 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 moming, We will remember them.”

(from the poem “For the Fallen” by LAURENCE BINYON)

That to me speaks of endurance of those who lived through the gruelling war times and to us who must not forget ever, but carry on that sacrificial nature.

The Bible says in Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Yes, times are tough, really difficult, uncertain, scary, painful and unprecedented, but that is what we are proud of when we commemorate on Remembrance Sunday, the endurance of those who have fought and died to give us a better future.

We are grateful and never forget. This year particularly it feels essential that as we remember we also step into their shoes of endurance.

“.. where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;”

All Saints Church will hold a Remembrance Sunday Service on 8 November at 10.45am. We can only seat safely 30 people under the covid guidance. These places are already taken by the representatives of the village organisations, Flag bearers and wreath layers.

We will zoom the Service and show it here on the website.

Yours, Silke