God’s living Word
Most clergy have moments when they just don’t know what they are going to say on Sunday.
It should come as no surprise that many clergy would be lost for words following the end of the war to end all wars. Clearly, Messrs Skeffington (Ecclesiastical publishers – see above) saw a gap in the market!
In days gone it was very common by for clergy to unashamedly read ‘off the peg’ sermons which were far better than they could ever write (congregations today may, at times, wish they still did…).
The present war in Gaza makes this weekend’s remembrance yet more telling. At the ‘peace’ marches on Saturday, the police will be arresting those who chant certain words or phrases – no doubt feeling the pressure from a Home Secretary who never seems lost for an inflammatory word or phrase.
I hope and pray that I, and all those preaching God’s living Word this Sunday, will be blessed with the words that need to be said. And yet the ‘saving grace’ of our Remembrance is that, deep down, we know that no words can truly convey what it is we are having to remember.
And so, we are silent.