Updated: Dec 10, 2022
Dear All Saints and St Marys
This weekend we gather in different ways and in different places for Remembrance Sunday. At All Saints Church we join with our Scout Groups and at St Marys we gather at the war memorial in the park. And although we are in different parts of Fishponds, we will be joined together by the collective silences, with a multitude of other gatherings all over the world, as people hold a pause.
A moment. A time. A Space. A Silence.
There is power to a collective gathering of remembrance. When we look around at others who join in the same simultaneous act, there is a glimpse of hope. In our unified silence I often find a gentle defiance that we know that we are people who are not made for war but for peace. In this I find a renewed commitment to want to be part of a more just world. I look forward to us remembering together.
Our services this Remembrance Sunday – 13th November
All Saints – Holy Communion
St Marys – Sung Holy Communion followed by
An Act of Remembrance in Fishponds Park
All Saints – Service of Remembrance with the Scouting Association.
All Saints – Generations - Looking at Saints
THE WEEK AHEAD
Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church
Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church
Baptism Sung Communion at St Mary’s Church
Holy Communion at All Saints Church
Please find attached the weekly sheets, the readings for both churches, as well as the Roots materials for this week.
A prayer of Peace (Church of England)
O God of the nations, as we look to that day when you will gather people from north and south, east and west, into the unity of your peaceable Kingdom, guide with your just and gentle wisdom all who take counsel for the nations of the world, that all your people may spend their days in security, freedom, and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Revd Lizzie Kesteven
Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds
Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery
Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese