First Word November


Remember, Remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I wonder how many of you saw the opening episode of the new TV Series ‘Gunpowder’ ? I did and was deeply shocked at the graphic portrayal of some of the punishments meted out. Clearly by letters to the press and articles in the national newspapers others were just as equally shocked. Yet in a powerful and shocking way it did make me think on the brutality of that age of religious division and political power struggles. It also drew my attention to the acts of genocide that have occurred around the world during my life time and at the same time to remind me of those of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who even today experience oppression and abuse for their belief in God. Remember, Remember is the theme of this month as we recall the saints of our Christian History on All Saints Day, 1st November, and call to mind our own departed loved ones on All Souls Day, 2nd November. Those who are commemorated by special days of remembrance through the year and the countless thousands of saints of our own time and of past ages who have lived out their faith and handed on the story and tradition of Jesus’ ministry amongst us and how we encounter him in each other. It is also that time of the year when we make our remembrance of the brutality and cost of war with Acts of Remembrance on 11 November and Remembrance Sunday – 12 November. This year, with the closure of the British Legion West Acre Branch, the formal Royal British Legion Act of Remembrance will take place at 10.50am at Castle Acre. There will also be a village act of remembrance for Narborough and West Acre villages at 10.50am at Narborough and an earlier service of remembrance in the setting of communion at Pentney at 9am. We hope you can join us in these times of Remembrance.