British and German authors
worship material re WW1
Philip Brookes writes:
The United Reformed Church have just launched a pair of booklets to commemorate 100 years since the 1918 Armistice. We believe this is a unique initiative as it is a compilation of stories, reflections, poems and worship material (including a new hymn) especially written by German and British authors.
The booklets are available as a downloadable pdf at: www.urc.org.uk/british-german-remembrance-resources.html or by ordering printed copies from the URC shop www.urcshop.co.uk (Tel: 0207 916 8629).
Background to the British-German Remembrance Booklets
For over 60 years the URC has had a Covenant of Pulpit and Table Fellowship with the Protestant Churches in the Palatinate region of Germany, the ‘Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz’. Entitled ‘One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward’, the first booklet contains personal stories, reflections and poems written by British and German contributors. It includes a pilgrimage to the Somme this year undertaken by Pfarrer Martin Henninger from the Pfalz and the Revd David Pickering, Moderator of the Synod in Scotland. Their grandparents served on opposing sides during World War One. An accompanying booklet provides worship material: meditation, prayers, newly written hymns and biblical reflections. It closes with a commitment to peace building.
The publication of the resource is timed so that the material can be used in preparation for remembrance services. We hope this combined British/German initiative will bring a thought provoking dimension to the 100 year commemoration of the end of World War One.