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Sunday, November 8, 2015 -- REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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Painting by Tim Mallet

In Flanders Fields
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Read by Marion Golden

The "Last Post" call is used in British Army camps to signal the end of day when the duty officer returns from the tour of the camp and quarters...
In addition to its normal garrison use, the Last Post call had another function at the close of a day of battle. It signalled to those who were still out and wounded or separated that the fighting was done, and to follow the sound of the call to find safety and rest.

The Last Post
(Leslie Field, soprano saxophone)
'Reveille' is the bugle call at sunrise to wake the troops.

(Leslie Field, soprano saxophone)

Scripture readings this week are by Barbara Costello.
Barbara is reading from the Good News Translation (GNT)

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Ruth 1:1-18 Good News Translation (GNT)

Long ago, in the days before Israel had a king, there was a famine in the land.
So a man named Elimelech, who belonged to the clan of Ephrath and who lived in Bethlehem in Judah, went with his wife Naomi and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion to live for a while in the country of Moab. While they were living there,
Elimelech died, and Naomi was left alone with her two sons,
who married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. About ten years later
Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left all alone, without husband or sons.
Some time later Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed his people by giving them good crops; so she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law.
They started out together to go back to Judah, but on the way
she said to them, “Go back home and stay with your mothers. May the Lord be as good to you as you have been to me and to those who have died.
And may the Lord make it possible for each of you to marry again and have a home.”
So Naomi kissed them good-bye. But they started crying
and said to her, “No! We will go with you to your people.”
“You must go back, my daughters,” Naomi answered. “Why do you want to come with me? Do you think I could have sons again for you to marry?
Go back home, for I am too old to get married again. Even if I thought there was still hope, and so got married tonight and had sons,
would you wait until they had grown up? Would this keep you from marrying someone else? No, my daughters, you know that's impossible. The Lord has turned against me, and I feel very sorry for you.”
Again they started crying. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye and went back home, but Ruth held on to her.
So Naomi said to her, “Ruth, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god. Go back home with her.”
But Ruth answered, “Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May the Lord's worst punishment come upon me if I let anything but death separate me from you!”
When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.

'Ruth in the Fields', Merle Hugues, 1876

Reading by Barbara Costello

Reading by Barbara
Psalm 127 (Revised Standard Version)

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Mark 12:28-34 -- Good News Translation

The Great Commandment
A teacher of the Law was there who heard the discussion. He saw that Jesus had given the Sadducees a good answer, so he came to him with a question: “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”
The teacher of the Law said to Jesus, “Well done, Teacher! It is true, as you say, that only the Lord is God and that there is no other god but he.
And you must love God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength; and you must love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is more important to obey these two commandments than to offer on the altar animals and other sacrifices to God.”
Jesus noticed how wise his answer was, and so he told him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
After this nobody dared to ask Jesus any more questions.

Reading by Barbara Costello

Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my strength, and my redeemer.

- Psalm 19:14

Reflection by Scott Patton: Not Far From The Kingdom of God

A Sacred Trust
by Brian Howell, Japanese U.C., Hamilton, Ont.
and read by Connie Osborne

The choir gathers before the Remembrance Wreath
and the Remembrance Candles.
The candles were placed by congregants as they spoke names
of those in memory and honour.

Choral response:


by Dave & Jean Perry

Connie accompanies and directs.

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