Posted on 15 November 2010
On 11th November at 11am, Jon and Stephen were able to join Mick Vanner, flag bearer for the Submariners Association (of which Stephen is Padre), in the Southend-on-Sea annual act of remembrance.

The mayor, other local dignitaries and passers-by joined veterans and their families in the two minute silence.

Then, on Sunday 14th November, the congregation at Ferndale, joined together with the rest of the nation to pray for peace.

Appropriately, the service was combined with a parade service for the Girl’s Brigade. The flags of various nations associated with the Fellowship were first hoisted and then lowered as, by radio link, the congregation joined together with the national memorial at the Cenotaph in London.

Prayers for peace, centred on the prayer of a Liberian child, were followed by a brief talk centred on the reconciliation that has been brought to the human race by the suffering of God in the person of Jesus. 

The service was a solemn but powerful reminder of the pain of a fallen world and of the hope there is in Jesus.

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