A sermon for Remembrance Sunday by Asst. Hon. Curate Rev Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer. Delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 11th November 2018 (Remembrance Sunday).
The symbolic choice of a two-minute silence to recall so many hours, months and years of suffering contains within it a curious paradox. We hold a moment of silence when all goes still, to mark many previous times of chaos and confusion, where nothing could be fully anticipated or planned for. In a painful irony, we now know that the choice to wait until the 11th hour of the 11th day to call a halt to the 14-18 war, despite terms having been agreed at 5 am, caused many extra lives to be lost. No doubt people wished to impose an orderly end to such a devastating conflict, but it was a costly decision which sadly includes a man on our own War Memorial – 2nd Lt Noel Everard, of the Royal Field Artillery, who died on Armistice day, aged only 19.
Today, as we remember those who gave their lives for a future they would never know, and as we give thanks for all they achieved, let us consider how we might use our freedom wisely, respond to God’s call and work towards a better future, one that reflects God’s kingdom and brings in God’s reign of love, mercy and justice, for all. Because I suggest to you, that is a peace worth fighting, or even dying for.
Readings: Jonah 3.1-5, Hebrews 9.24-28, Mark 1.14-20