It has been our tradition at St Matthew’s and St Wilfrid’s over the last few years to hold a memorial service on Advent Sunday evening as a special way to remember those we love but see no longer as Christmas approaches.
Tonight many from both congregations and the local community gathered at St Matthew’s Church was we prated, reflected, sung advent carols and placed names on our memorial tree. The tree stands in our lady chapel which is a place of prayer, and the tree itself is a prayer.
In the letter to Hebrews Chapter 12:1-2a we read “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
As we gather over the coming weeks to celebrate all that the coming of Jesus means with both young and old those names will be present, the tree itself will remain until Epiphany Sunday on January 8th.
If you were unable to come tonight but would love to have added names to the tree please do not worry, you are welcome to attend any of our regular or Christmas series and add names over the coming weeks.
The Reverend David Tolhurst, Vicar of Silksworth
Sunday 27th November 2016