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Living God's Love...

.is an invitation to journey

It's an opportunity to discover new things about God, ourselves and the world, to look with fresh eyes and explore new ways.

In particular, it is a call to the parishes, schools and people of the Diocese of St Albans to Go Deeper into God,Transform Communities and Make New Disciples.

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We Will Remember Them

The 6thJune 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Hundreds of veterans, alongside world leaders, gathered in France to honour the sacrifice of those who died. It was a momentous occasion, celebrating peace, liberty and reconciliation. Tribute was paid to the veterans from Britain, America, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, those many heroes who lost their lives during the summer of 1944.

The invasion of Normandy was the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. By nightfall on 6 June 1944, some 156,000 Allied tr 00ps had landed on Normandy's beaches, despite challenging weather and fierce German defences. The Allies established a f 00thold in France and within 11 months Nazi Germany was defeated and the war in Europe was over.

I recently attended the funeral of my great-uncle, jimmy. During the address the celebrant reminded us that Jimmy joined the Army as a mechanic in 1943, at the age of 18. Two years later he t 00k part in the seaborne landings in the 3rd wave of the Normandy invasion. Another of my great-uncles, Reg, was in the 6th Airborne Division. He was in one of the Horsa gliders that landed in Normandy in the dead of night to secure the bridge of Bnouville, later named Pegasus Bridge (after the 6th Airborne's flying horse badge emblem). The strategic purpose was to secure the river crossing for the beach break-out and to reduce enemy defences.

Several of my uncles and great-uncles served in W WII, at least two others were engaged in D-Day. Remarkably, Jimmy, Reg, and all of my uncles survived. But many who served laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world. This year, The Royal British Legion is asking communities across Britain to come together, join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations we fought together 75 years ago.

Remembrance Sunday is a time to especially `remember' those who have given their lives through war in service of our country. They left home and family, often to foreign lands, in the search of justice, freedom and peace, the effects of which we feel in our society today. The world could have been a very different place for us without their sacrifice, which cannot and should not be forgotten. On Remembrance Sunday, we will welcome members of the Royal British Legion, the Town Council, and uniformed organisations for a service of commemoration at Great St Mary's Church. We shall begin at the War Memorial with the two-minute silence, the Last Post and all the traditional rituals that honour those who have died as members of the armed services.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.

Please join us for our Annual Service of Remembrance on 10th November at 3.00pm.

Debbie Hore

Assistant Minister

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