St Peter the Apostle, Byers Green

  • St Peter's Rectory
  • Byers Green
  • Spennymoor
  • Co Durham
  • DL16 7NL

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Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge

Image of Rev Dr Caroline Friswell 

Dear Friends

 November, for me, is always associated with Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday.  This year it is particularly poignant as we will be commemorating the end of the First World War one hundred years ago and it seems fitting that Remembrance Sunday actually falls on the 11th.  As you will see on page 3, we have two services to commemorate the Armistice and all those who have died in wars since 1914.

Sadly, war and violence continue to destroy the lives and homes of millions of people yet the commemoration of the Armistice this year reminds us that peace is possible.  Although conflict resumed in the 1930s and 1940s between the different western powers we now live with the reality of peace in Western Europe.   What is more, genuine friendships have been forged between former enemies and I am delighted that a German pastor will be joining us to commemorate Remembrance Sunday this year. 

The Armistice in 1918 and peace in western Europe since 1945 give us a foretaste of the truth of Isaiah’s prophecy:

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4).

The fulfilment of this prophecy will not occur until Jesus returns but our celebration of the centenary of the Armistice this year gives us hope for the day when Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled.

With every blessing

Rev Caroline