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Remembrance - 8 November 2015
|Story - Jim Paterson. Photos - Jim Paterson, Alan Wilson|
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
Presentation of The ColoursOur
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.
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.
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'
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.
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' .
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.