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Remembrance - 13 November 2016
|Story - Jim Paterson. Photos - Jim Paterson, |
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.
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
Presentation of The ColoursColour 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.
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 the piper playing
the lament, which drifted off into the distance announcing the 2
minute silence. On conclusion the bugler
played the Reveille.
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.
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.