This shattered church in the ruins of Neuvilly furnished a temporary shelter for American wounded being treated by the 110th Sanitary Train, 4th Ambulance Corps. France, September 20, 1918. Sgt. J. A. Marshall. (Army)

Hi folks – here’s the sermon from our last Remembrance Sunday at SJUC. It’s a bit of a strange calendar this year, and our worship team really felt it would be better to kick off Remembrance week rather than hold a service after we’ve all been to the cenotaph and legion on the 11th.It was a remarkable day at both Wellington and St. John’s.  Thanks to all who came out and made it what it should be: a time to mourn, to remember, and to reflect how we can meaningfully create change so that our children don’t have to give their lives in anyone’s war.

A special thanks to Grant Kerr who read from his Dad’s diary during WWII.  Grant’s father was a prisoner of war for 2 years, and he recorded his experience in secret during his time in prison.  It’s a remarkable document that brings us face to face with the horror of the war that is both inspiring and disturbing. We all know it takes a spiritual and emotional toll – so thanks Grant for sharing with us!

Also thanks to Tyler Raycroft for reading “In Flander’s Fields” and to Jim Gunn for leading our “Let The Spirit Speak” with a lonesome rendition of Abide With Me on the harmonica.  So much soul food for thought this week.

PS: Remember to check your local paper or legion website about service times on November 11th this Saturday.

See you Sunday,


Readings are: John 8:1-11 and Galatians 5:1, 13-15