Sermon for Sunday 11th November 2018

Published on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:06
Rainbow Notes

Rainbow Notes of sermon for Sunday 11th November 2018 by Lisa Bewick

As we mark the centenary of Armistice Day, the end of World War One, I encourage you to remember the 3 Rs, not of ‘Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic' or ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle', but ‘Remember, Review, Renew’.

Remember

Particularly today, as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, we remember those who have died in war: in the First and Second World Wars, and also the many, many conflicts that have happened since, and which continue to happen.

We remember those who have died through active military service and we also remember civilian casualties. We remember those who went to war and never returned, and those who returned irrevocably changed.  We remember, too, all those who have left homes, family and livelihoods because of war.

Today, we remember.

Review

I believe that Remembrance Sunday is not just about looking to the past, but that we're also called to review, to really look at, today’s world – our national society, local community and our own lives.

Conflict still occurs: in some places, through the obvious military action; in others, including our own local communities, through knife, gun and other forms of violence; on both a national and local scale, we see political debate and argument; in our daily lives and even in our homes and personal relationships, we may see conflict of some kind regularly.

All of this is important and it’s essential that we are really honest about the way things are as we review the world in which we live and move and have our being.

This is the time and place in which we're called to respond to Jesus' call.

Even when the challenges seem insurmountable, I believe that Jesus' call extends to each of us, and so my third and final ‘R’ is:

Renew

This is about how we respond to Jesus’ call, ‘Follow me’. It is a call to each of us, though how that manifests will also be different for each of us.

It may not involve leaving our homes, livelihoods and families; in fact, for some of us, it may well be in and through our homes, livelihoods and families that we are responding to Christ’s call.

Often, the starting point for renewal is found in relationships. Undeniably, relationships are important. Relationships with those closest to us, but also with those we encounter, however briefly, in daily life.  Relationships can be transformative, changing people and communities – we hope, for the better.

Transformation of our society, our world, and particularly of unjust structures, are an integral part of our identity as a community at St John's, and it is through relationship with God, each other and those around us that we hope the transformation that we strive for can be achieved.

We are all called to follow Christ as we seek to make our world a bit better and, although responding to Jesus’ call ‘Follow me', and living that out in our families, work and communities maybe something we're already committed to, it is good from time-to-time to pause, to take stock. To remember those gone before us, to review that which is going on around us, and to renew our own commitment to continued transformation and striving for justice.

.All of this is important and it’s essential that we are really honest about the way things are as we review the world in which we live and move and have our being.

This is the time and place in which we're called to respond to Jesus' call.

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