100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day

  • This year, we experience that interesting phenomenon

    when Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday.  Is this a day we celebrate in our Sunday morning gatherings?  Is it a day we tolerate as part of the pastoral ministry to the gathered people?  How do we, as God’s children, remember Remembrance Day?

    To help worship leaders navigate this day within their own assembly gatherings, the Program Committee for Worship asked Lt(N) Rev. Michael Macintyre, ELCIC pastor, serving as Chaplain, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry to prepare Worship Resources for the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day,

    In addition to this ELCIC resource, over the years, a number of other people have added their voice to this discussion.  For those of you who would like to dig deeper into this conversation, I offer these other articles and blogs to help you think, reflect, discuss and pray about the church’s role in remembering Remembrance Day.

    In 2009, Liturgy Canada published an entire issue on this topic, including articles by Rev. Paul Bosch, Marilyn Malton, and a variety of personal reflections.  This particular Liturgy Canada issue offers a wide range of opinions.  Then editor, The Rev. Peter Wall, Dean of Christ’s Church Cathedral (Anglican) for the Diocese of Niagara offers these words:  “We are not trying to persuade any to hold to any position nor to take any particular action, save some important critical thinking – asking questions, praying, talking with others.”

    Liturgy Canada, Issue 47, Volume X11, #3, Remembrance Day

    Also found on the Liturgy Canada website is a blog posting by Christian Schreiner, on his thoughts regarding Remembrance Day –  A German Lutheran reflects on Remembrance Day in Canada

    And finally, Music Minister Ginny Chilton Maxwell offers her insights into using “patriotic music” for congregational singing.  Although opposed to the singing of patriotic music and hymns in church, she offers reflections about her journey and the people who have influenced her.  Her posting is from the website: Sing! The Centre for Congregational Song, a great resource for all things related to congregational song.

    Patriotic Music on Sunday Morning: Yes or No?

    I encourage you to add your voice to the conversation, by sharing your comments, or emailing me at esworshipblog@gmail.com

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