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Sermons for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day appears to be simple: love of country; thanksgiving for peace and democracy; and sobre remembrance of brave men and women who died in the service of such high values.  But for many Christians Remembrance Day can also be disorienting, because war is such a stark contrast to the Christian duty to love, bless and forgive one’s enemies.

The sermons below grapple with these issues in different ways.

  • 2007 – Lest We Forget
    (reflecting on war memorials inside a church)
  • 2009 – Waging Peace
    (the choices we must make as citizens)
    The following is not exactly a sermon.  It is a speech given at a public Remembrance Day ceremony:

  • 2015 – Remembrance – Seventy Years On
    (“Sometimes freedom means NOT doing whatever we like...”)