“And when he had given thanks, he broke [the bread], and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11: 24-25 )
On the British Legion website it says of Remembrance Day; “Every year the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.” Whether large scale global events like the World Wars or smaller more personal events it seems important to us to use rituals, or ceremonies to help us physically remember. Not only to remember what happened but also to remember who we are and our place and part in a ‘bigger picture’. The same is true in all of the world’s religions; physical acts are used to help people remember. Recently, for the first time in a couple of years, we hosted a student communion service where our young people were given the opportunity to receive communion or a blessing as we provide them with space to remember who Jesus was and what he accomplished through his death and resurrection. It is a privilege to be able to offer this space to our students, a space focused on hope of a brighter future. We could all do with some of that hope, couldn’t we?
God of hope, we thank you for your son Jesus and the way you removed all barriers to relationship with you through him. In the uncertain times we are living in today we are grateful for rituals and ceremonies that remind us there is hope of a brighter future, and that together we can create that. Amen.