From the Rector
Revd Christoph Wutscher
Every year in November we mark a season of remembrance, which not only includes services on Remembrance Sunday, but also for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, celebrating the memory of those who have contributed to the Christian story and to our lives.
Jesus at the Last Supper bids us to remember lovingly: 'do this in remembrance of me', he says as he shares bread and wine with his disciples - and we still obey that command of loving memory as we recall Christ's love in the Eucharist (and remember the joy of the resurrection changing the very fabric of creation).
But remembering can also be painful; there may be past hurt (difficult to work through and difficult to let go). There may be good memories overshadowed by the fact that a loved person may no longer be with us - and that can be painful too!
Because remembering can be difficult, we often forget that we are always lovingly remembered ourselves. But Isaiah reminds us that God never forgets us:
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49.16)
We are lovingly remembered as we are written on the palm of God's hand, never to be blotted out. And as our own memory or forgetfulness may cause us pain, yet we are called to trust that in all of this, God's loving memory sustains and protects us, in this life and in the life to come.
Yours in Christ