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To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae (1872-1918)
We will remember them
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of Europe fell silent for a time. The Great War was over and families could begin to look forward with hope. To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, we held three Remembrance Services on Sunday 11 November 2018, Remembrance Sunday. During each of the services, we remembered by name those in our villages who fell in the First World War and lay poppy wreathes and crosses, listened to WW1 Poems and Bible readings filled with hope for the future, and lit candles of hope for peace. And, in the two minutes silence, we looked back with gratitude for the sacrifice made by so many in this and more recent conflicts, and prayed for peace in our world and today's peacemakers and hope bearers.
All three of our churches were filled with people remembering with thankfulness the sacrifice of those who lived through, fought and died in World War 1. It was a moving occasion in the life of our villages and churches, and our nation. Thank you to the Royal British Legion for their participation in our Mears Ashby and Sywell services, and to the Air Scouts for their involvement in the Mears Ashby service.
St. Leonard's - Hardwick
9am on Sunday 11 November 2018
Our morning worship service was on the theme of remembrance and hope,
and included an act of remembrance.
All Saints - Mears Ashby
10.50am on Sunday 11 November 2018
We gathered outside at the war memorial for the naming of the fallen of Ashby and Hardwick,
the two minutes silence and the wreath laying. Our service continued indoors on the theme of hope,
and our commitment to peace. We each took home a small candle of hope.
St. Peter & St. Paul - Sywell
5pm on Sunday 11 November 2018
A Candlelit Service of Remembrance when we recalled each of the Sons of Sywell and Overstone,
and reflected on the gaps that they left in village and family life, and lit candles of hope for them,
and for our world. By so doing, we picked up the torch passed to us by the fallen.
And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13