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Parade on route to the church

British Legion

Air Cadets

Scouts Association

Parade arrives

Penicuik Athletic
Rev John Urquhart received the Colours

 2Lt O'Duffin reads Jeremiah

Silver Band

Pipers lead the parade

Jeremiah with a deserted Jerusalem in the background

Remembrance Sunday - 11 November 2018

Armistice Centenary : 1918 - 2018

The Glencorse Pipe band lead the parade down Kirkhill

St. Mungo’s welcomed over 200 people from the British Legion, our armed forces, army and air cadets, Scouts Association, Girl Guiding, Boys Brigade, Penicuik Athletic, and civil dignitaries, in addition to our normal Sunday morning congregation. Sir Robert Clerk Bt, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian was representing Her Majesty the Queen. Representing the British Army was 2Lt Seamus O'Duffin, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) based at Glencorse Barracks.

This Armistice Centenary service was particularly poignant falling on the11th day of the 11th month, exactly 100 years from the signing of the Armistice, bringing to an end over 4 years of WW1 hostilities.

The Rev John Urquhart led the service, with Penicuik Silver Band leading the music for the praise.

The service opened with the presentation of the colours, led by Parade commander Annell Burns,
approached to the tune of Boys of the Old Brigade, played by the Penicuik Silver Band. Colours for the Army Cadets, air Cadets, Scouts Association and Girl Guiding were presented to, and received by, Rev John Urquhart.

John then continued the service with the call to worship, taken from 2 Peter 3: 13. This was followed by our traditional Remembrance opening hymn 'Praise my Lord the King of heaven', hymn 160. The Prayer of Confession led us into the Act of Remembrance, presented by Parade Commander Annell Burns. This 100th anniversary year was added the additional verse

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

before the traditional act of Remembrance

They shall grow not 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.

With the congregation responding 'We will remember them'.

The Last Post was played by the lone bugler Anna Florence, from Penicuik Silver Band, leading into the Piper's Lament, played by Ricky Montgomery which ends as the piper walks into the distance and fades from view, signalling 11.00am and the start of our 2 minute silence. The bugler then struck up the Reveille, ending the silence.

Our praise continued with 'O God, our help in ages past'. hymn 161. People always need hope to sustain them, and during WW1 this song aimed to provide that  hope. 'Keep the home Fires Burning' sung by Katie Melua was played, while images of WW1 soldiers in the trenches were presented on screen.

The first reading was read from Jeremiah 33: v10-11, by 2Lt Seamus O'Duffin of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), leading us into the Air force hymn 'God is our strength and refuge'. This was introduced with a fly past of a Lancaster bomber, Merlin engines thundering across the church. As it disappeared into the distance the Silver Band played the 'Dambusters March' as the musical accompaniment to the hymn.  

Sir Robert Clerk  read the second lesson from Revelation 21: 1-5, which led us into the sermon from
Rev John Urquhart. 

Using a series of pictures , commencing with a picture from the Imperial War Museum by Paul Nash, an infantry officer and official war artist in WW1,  titled 'We are making a new world'.

Depicting dawn breaking on the bare landscape of war, Nash describes the scene as 'no glimmer of Gods hand can be seen anywhere'...  We move to Jeremiah and the reading from today, where we see the ruined, deserted city of Jerusalem in the background.

We heard of Penicuik man Ernest Franklin, who signed up with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1915, hearing of his stories from his diary. The excitement of the train trip to London, and the horror of the trenches, covered in mud. He was killed a month later, at the battle of Loos Anguielle,
aged 19. His body was never recovered but his diary was, and returned to his family.   These and more you can hear in John's sermon 
'Forgive our sins as we forgive' hymn 486 continued our praise, followed by 'Prayers for others and ourselves, ending with the Lords Prayer'. Following the offering and thanksgiving prayer we sang our final hymn 'We solemnly remember', during which the colours were returned.

The service concluded with 'The National Anthem - God save our gracious Queen', and the blessing from Rev John Urquhart. The colours then departed the church.

The members of the British Legion, Armed Forces, cadets and organisations lined up outside the church for the parade to the war memorial in the park. Here Rev Peter Kimber, currently locum at Penicuik North Church, took the service and presentation of wreaths and tributes.  

Click on the links to hear that part of the service
Published - 13 November 2018
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838