The tree of life

On Sunday 12th November, Remembrance Sunday, we shall be holding a Church Meeting in the afternoon. As part of this meeting we intend to plant a tree to the side of the Paterson Hall, providing a feature within the small Peace Garden that is being created there. Thank you to David Wilson and Colin Richards for all the work that is taking place on this project.

When finished, the garden itself, will, we hope, offer a small oasis of peace where people can sit for a while and enjoy the beauty of nature in pleasant surroundings. It will make good use of a piece of our church land, making it useable and more attractive to visitors.

The idea for a tree sprung from our discussion earlier in the year about how to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the chapel building. We thought it would be good to mark this occasion with something permanent that could be enjoyed into the future. That idea developed into the creation of a small garden of which the tree would be a part.

As well as the anniversary, which took place in April, planting a tree now has other significance which is appropriate for the month of November.

Trees have often been planted as a focus to remember people by. As the 12th November is also Remembrance Sunday this seems particularly appropriate. Whilst we are not naming any one individual, I’m sure we all have people in mind, particularly those who have had connections with Horeb through the years, who we will remember with thanksgiving. Whilst they might no longer be with us, their story remains part of our story as we look to the future.

In addition, this year we are also remembering the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and in particular Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Thesis which is recognised as the starting points for this. Reformation Day is on the 31st October. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” is one of many quotes attributed to Martin Luther. I take this to mean something like ‘Do today what brings you joy and pleasure but also have hope for tomorrow which remains in God’s hands’.

Whilst not an apple tree, the tree we are going to plant is a sign of God’s faithfulness to us today and also a sign of our hope in the future, which is always uncertain, but which we entrust to our ever faithful God.

So I hope you can be with us as we plant this tree and enjoy it’s ‘fruits’ in years to come.