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8th November 2020

posted 5 Nov 2020, 08:07 by Church Office   [ updated 6 Nov 2020, 02:36 ]

Remembrance Sunday

Today is Remembrance Sunday.  A day when we reflect on the causes and the results of conflict.  This week, when we have heard much rhetoric in response to the recent terror attacks in Paris, Nice, Vienna and Kabul, our readings ground us again in justice and peace.  The prophet Amos questions why we long for retribution and judgment when the “just” outcome so often feds the cycle of violence.  True justice is care for the poor and the needy and attending to those who have not been heard.  The gospel gives us the story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids and asks us to question why the foolish ones were busy finding “oil” instead of trusting in the bridegroom who would welcome those with and those without.  What are we busy trying to find in these unsettling times? And is justice and peace best served by the all-embracing welcome, compassion and freedom from judgment we find in Christ?

 

Readings

Amos 5:18-24

Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.


Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

 

"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, "No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


The Collect


Almighty Father,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

 

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Church Office,
6 Nov 2020, 02:36
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