Another Remembrance Service
On Sunday night I attended another Remembrance Service in my home church, but that was quite different. Rather than focusing just on soldier who have given their lives for our country, members of our city police force, firefighters and First Responders (ambulance staff), were invited to this special inter-denominational service, and encouraged to come in uniform. The main thrust of this service was to honour and thank these people who are often in the line of danger for our sakes as citizens.
There was a flag ceremony at the beginning, and several uniformed officers took part in that. Quite impressive!
There was someone from each of these community forces to share about their work, and then someone offered a good, thorough prayer for their protection and safety and thanksgiving for their work. This was done for each, for veterans, police officers, firefighters, and First Responders.
Between these items our worship leaders lead us in singing one old-fashioned hymn after another that spoke of commitment and service and faithfulness. In case you haven’t noticed, I LOVE old-fashioned hymns! I don’t normally think of myself as musical, but here I was able to let go and sing heartily!
Afterward all were invited into the gym for a treat; big thick slices of Hutterite bread, both brown and white, and we could each one slather on all the butter, peanut butter or jams that we wished. A simple but heart repast.
Those who wished could buy up the extra loaves at $2 each. They went like hotcakes.
Now this is how a Remembrance service should be done!