More than 100 people attended a special evening service in the Church of the Holy Evangelists, Carnmoney, to remember those they hold dear who have died in the past year or else many years ago.
The service took place on November 3, the day after All Soul’s Day. This is the time when the Church remembers ‘The Faithful Departed,’ those people who have now run their race and are no longer with us in this life. However, the Christian doctrines of the Resurrection of the Body and the Communion of Saints, help us to believe that they are very much alive still and with us in Spirit.
Taking up the theme of ‘The Sea,’ the service considered the turmoil that bereavement can bring, but also the support that faith and Jesus can give in the hard times.
Readings from Psalm 107 and Mark 4:25-31 when Jesus calmed the storm, words by Teresa Wilkinson which talked about the similarities between the tides and bereavement, and music from Westlife and Simon and Gurfunkle’s Bridge Over Troubled Water along with traditional music and hymns reflected this theme.
The names of those the parish wanted to remember were read out, and people were invited to place a coracle holding a glass bead on the especially created sea scape on the communion table, signifying God’s continuing and all embracing love.
The rector, the Rev Andy Heber, said: “This special and moving service will hopefully become a regular event in our church on the Sunday closest to All Soul’s Day.
“We chose the theme of ‘The Sea’ because the incoming and outgoing tides mirror often the process of bereavement whereby sometimes as the tide goes out everything seems calm, however when it comes in, it can cover and obliterate what was once calm and ordered.”
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