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Proper 27, Year B (3 before Advent, Remembrance
Sunday/Armistice Day, 11.11.2012
Jonah 3.1-5, 10:
Mark 1.14-20: (683)
The Third Sunday before Advent
God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day
when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the
peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We all have our
own memories that we bring to today. I
would like to share mine with you.
War I my father was a Second Lieutenant in the American Army.
He was a post adjutant behind the lines in
When I was a
child we had a book of black and white photographs of the War.
Its size and format was such that I suppose today it would be called a
coffee table book. As a youngster I
read it many times. It was a stark
reminder of the war, but it could not possibly convey all the horror of that
When I was a
young choirboy the very nice lady who looked after the choir’s cottas and
surplices was a widow whose husband was killed on the morning that the armistice
ago, just before we went to
That war sent
such a sense of revulsion through the nations that, spurred on by such people as
President Woodrow Wilson, the effort was made to found the
during the war the small flags that appeared in the windows of some houses as
one went down the street. One showed
a purple heart to indicate that someone serving from that house had been injured
in battle. More rarely the flag
showed a gold star. The person had
World War II we had a boarder. His
name was William Buderus, Jr., whom everyone knew as ‘Buddy’.
Buddy was a young graduate architect, and while he was living with us he
was working in downtown
After World War
II the United Nations was founded, and this time the
As we remember
and honour those who have paid so much for the freedom and relative peace that
we enjoy, let us vow as well to continue to support all those who work for the
ultimate goal of turning all swords into ploughshares that God’s peace as
embodied in Jesus may reign in the hearts of all the nations.