Sunday, 12 November – 24th after Pentecost with Time of Remembrance

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream begins at about 9:45 am, and the service begins at 10 am. You will also be able to watch or re-watch the stream on YouTube at any later time.

The order of service is available here. You might like to have it handy while joining the stream, as it includes the readings, all of the responses, and the words to the hymns–it makes it easier to join more fully into participating via the live-stream. It also includes particular prayers you might like to use while those physically present are receiving the Eucharist.

Today’s service begins with a time of remembrance, together with prayers of commemoration and prayers for peace. The chalice and paten we use this day might seem much smaller than normal. They come from the field communion set of Captain the Reverend George Franklin Leigh, who served as a chaplain during the second World War. This was the chalice and paten he used as he celebrated the eucharist in Italy and elsewhere during his service.

We’ll then hear the readings for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the lections:
Joshua calls Israel to serve the Lord. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

Our cover image is the painting “The Place of Meeting” by Thomas Noyes Lewis (1862–1946), painted in the 1920s. It was often hung in churches near war memorials. It depicts the priest receiving communion at a requiem mass (identifiable by the black vestments and the unbleached candles). In a cloud of incense above the altar are statues of St. Joan and St. George–and figures in military uniforms. Canon Peter Mullins notes that those in the first row (including a sailor and a chaplain) wear First World War uniforms, and each rank behind goes further into the past.

To remember is to work for peace.