Thank you so much for your engagement and support for the Remembrance 100 project. We remember events of the past because we are made in God’s image: God remembers and the Bible encourages us to remember what God has done for us - Jesus broke bread and called on us to remember.
As we reflect on the amazing journey through the 100 Days of Peace and Hope, we are thrilled at the positive response to this season of united prayer. One phone call to the HOPE office was particularly encouraging: ‘Thank you very much for the 100 Days of Prayer, which I have found immensely helpful. I loved praying them every day and for the first time in my life I am no longer afraid.’
That was just one of the messages we have received since we launched Remembrance 100 and the 100 Days of Peace and Hope on 4th August. Record numbers have joined us praying after receiving the prayers by email, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or using downloaded printed copies. Having prayers and readings contributed by such a wide spectrum of the Church in the UK and around the world has brought us closer together.
We will never know the impact of these prayers, but we believe God answers prayer. We sense that we have been part of a significant season as God has brought Christians together to pray through the 100 Days. Please pray with us that God moves in our country, bringing fresh hope. Ask God to use the Silence gift books to speak into people’s lives as they pause to reflect on the end of the Great War.
We were honoured that the official Royal Family Twitter feed recognised the start of the 100 Days of Peace and Hope, and lots of other social media posts have boosted awareness of this season of prayer. We even badgered Bassetts, who make Jelly Babies, asking them to reissue the Peace Babies made in the First World War. We were pleased to see these limited edition sweets in the shops.
But the real impact has been among churches at the heart of their communities. For example Moor Lane Methodist Church in Liverpool created their own poppy installation and planted a poppy each day posting photos online. St John’s Church in Hillingdon have retweeted our 100 Days prayer daily and have shared it every day on Facebook. The Quakers in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, have also posted regularly as part of Remembrance 100 with photos of the paper doves they have hung on trees each day.
Thanks to all who have ordered copies of Silence – the 300,000 copies we printed sold out faster than we expected. As we give them away on Remembrance Sunday, we hope they will prompt conversations about the hope we can have because of Jesus. Do let us know the response you have from those who receive these pocket-sized gift books. They were published specifically as a conversation-starter for this year and the centenary of the end of World War 1, but if you think they would be of use to you next year, let us know.
The 100 Days ends on 11th November with The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Six Rs of Reconciliation to reflect on as we pray for peace, hope and reconciliation in our time. This can be downloaded here. Pray that there will be an ongoing impact from this season, particularly on the streets of our major cities when drugs and knife-crime are destroying lives.
It has been a privileged to serve you through these 100 Days. As we move on from this season of prayer, let us be people who are always grateful for what God has done for us in Christ. And let’s look forward as peacemakers in our communities, bringing hope to our world.
Yours, with loads of appreciation
On behalf of the HOPE team