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How Fair is That
(Rev Hugh Davidson)

Corinthians 2  chapter 8
(Sir Robert Clerk)

Matthew Chapter 20
(Captain Gary Rattray)

(Rev Hugh Davidson)

Remembrance  -  13 November 2016

Story - Jim Paterson. Photos - Jim Paterson, 
Once again St. Mungo's played host to Remembrance Sunday for the British Legion, and organisations across the town to celebrate those who had fallen and were maimed in conflicts and wars, defending our freedom.

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 Gary Rattray from 2 Scots at Glencorse Barracks, represented the Armed Forces.

Presentation of The Colours
Colour commander Annell Burns led the Colour Party colours from the Legion, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Scouts, and Guides to the front of the church which were handed over 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 the piper playing the lament, which drifted off into the distance announcing the 2 minute  silence. On conclusion the bugler played the Reveille.

The Rev Hugh Davidson took the theme of 'fairness' for the service and his lesson 'How Fair is That', which told the story of two people found guilty of the same crime, with the same punishment, and the different impact it had on each of their lives.

The theme continued with Sir Robert Clerk's reading from 2nd Corinthians chapter 8, and Captain Gary Rattray reading  from Matthew chapter 20.

Hugh's sermon used the readings and the unbalanced apportionment of wealth to explain how God has a completely different view of 'fairness and equality' than we mortals.

At the end of the service the colours were returned, followed by the national anthem.

The Legion then led the parade to the war memorial in the park, where the Rev Ruth  Halley took the short service, calling on Penicuik High School head boy Cameron Scott to read Laurence Binyon's Ode to Remembrance, 'They shall not grow old',  and head girl Robyn Blyth to read 'In Flanders Fields' by Major John McCrae. 

A cold wind blew rain filled clouds towards us, the mizzle like tears from above. The parade then returned to the Legion on Kirkhill. 
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838