Remembrance: Saints

 
Rev. Dave Middlebrook

13th November, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:15-23; John 15:9-17 p1083 |

Today we remember those who have served this country in times of war, and especially those who had died in service of their country. These are ordinary men and women. Bishop Alan, in his book "Saints & Pilgrims in the Diocese of St Albans", says saints are "ordinary men and women like you and me .... we are a strange mixture of goodness and godliness, muddled up with self-centredness and sinfulness. We call people saints because we glimpse something of God in what they say and do". Like Alfred Victor Smith, a choir boy at St Albans Abbey, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for sacrificing his life to safe members of his unit. Jesus says "Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends ....." and goes on to say "....you are my friends". Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for all humanity, and to open the gates of heaven to 'all the saints'.

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