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Decorated cross in the church

Sir Robert Clerk takes the salute at the war memorial

Provost Joe Wallace
 lays wreath

Hunter Colin Hawkins and Lass Gillian Garriock
lay their wreath

Remembrance  -  8 November 2015

Story - Jim Paterson. Photos - Jim Paterson,  Alan Wilson
The Royal British Legion once again honoured the fallen at the Remembrance service hosted by St. Mungo's on  Sunday 8th November. Members of the Army and Air Cadets, guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade, Red Cross supported by local dignitaries from the council marched from the Legion at Kirkhill, led by The Glencorse Pipe Band and Parade Commander Frank Scott, to parade in front of the church. Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian represented Her Majesty The Queen, and Captain Russell from 2Scots at Glencorse Barracks, represented the Armed Forces. 

Presentation of The Colours
Our minister the Rev Hugh Davidson started the service at 10.45am with the Presentation of the Colours. On the command of  "March in the Colours" the colour commander Annell Burns led the colours from the Legion, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Scouts, and Guides to the front of the church to be handed to the minister for display during the service.

Following the opening hymn 160 'Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven' and prayers of adoration and confession we honoured the Act of Remembrance, read by Parade Commander Frank Scott

They shall not grow 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.

The lone bugler played the last post followed by piper Alan Ramage, son of St. Mungo's members Vic and Jenny Ramage, playing the lament. As the piper's lament drifted into the distance silence fell for the start of the 2 minute silence, at precisely 11.00am. On conclusion the bugler played the Reveille.

After the Hymn 84 'Now Israel May Say' Hugh presented his lesson 'Spot the Wall'

Using pictures of famous walls displayed on our screens, Hugh asked the congregation if they could name each of the walls, starting with Hadrian's Wall.  The Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, Israel Wall in the West Bank, and the Fence in Hungary along their border with Serbia  to stop Migrants entering, followed. He explained that mankind has a long history of building walls, usually to keep people out, though in the case of the Berlin Wall it was to keep people in the eastern sector of the divided post WW2 city.

Sir Robert Clerk read the first reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians, with Captain Russell reading from the Gospel according to Mark.

Hugh expanded the 'walls' lesson in his sermon, to introduce the theme 'bridges not walls', where we should reach out to those in distress, oppression, and fleeing for their lives, rather than trying to block them out with ever higher walls.

It was a telling and poignant time as we sang hymn 712 'What shall we pray for those who died' .

Hugh returned the colours at the end of the service,  which departed after the National Anthem and benediction to form up on the main street to parade to the war memorial in the Park.

The Rev Ian Cathcart took the short service at the memorial, as dark clouds gathered and the temperature dropped. The parade then returned to the Legion on Kirkhill. 

Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838