Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020

St Paul’s Church, Forebridge,
and St Thomas & St Andrew’s Church, Doxey

 

Welcome from Revd Alison Thomas

 

Introduction to Remembrance by Lay Reader Paul Pooley

Many Christians struggle with the idea of Remembrance Sunday. ‘Why,’ many ask, ‘should we celebrate a day that glorifies such a destructive force as war?’ It is, however, very difficult to categorise wars, saying this one is just and that one is not. Often we just don’t know all the details, background and circumstances. However, looking beyond the reasons for war and the political arguments out of which wars may arise, we need to recognise the ordinary people who fight, are wounded and die in war. These people give their lives for their countries, often in the hope that by doing so they will preserve their own way of life. From the battles of the Israelites as they sought to secure the land God had promised them to the most recent conflicts around the world, soldiers have shown bravery, grace and compassion in the middle of some of the most horrific events anyone could ever witness. It is these people who are remembered on Remembrance Sunday. The bravery and sacrifice of these people is what we give thanks to God for.

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

We come together today to remember:

To remember with thanks those who have given their lives in service of others.

To remember with sadness the suffering, destruction and pain caused by human conflict.

We come also to commit ourselves to be peacemakers and peacekeepers
wherever we can.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

 

Hymn: Lord for the Years

 

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive Your people's praise.

Lord, for our land in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us -
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,
past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

 

Act of Penitence

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We confess we have sinned in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.
 We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive, what we have been, help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be; that we do justly,
love mercy and walk humbly before our God.

Amen

 

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Bible Reading

Isaiah Chapter 2, verses 1-5

 

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
3     Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the Lord!

 

Gospel Reading

John 15:9-17

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Hymn: Lead Us, Heavenly Father Lead Us

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o'er the world's tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us;
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst tread this earth before us;
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,

Through the desert thou didst go..

Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy;
love with every passion blending
pleasure that can never cloy;
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

Reflection by Paul Pooley

From swords to ploughshares?


Hymn: A new commandment I give unto you

A new commandment I give unto you,
That you love one another as I have loved you,
That you love one another as I have loved you. 

By this shall all know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.
By this shall all know that you are My disciples,

if you have love one for another.  

A new commandment I give unto you,
That you love one another as I have loved you,
That you love one another as I have loved you. 

By this shall all know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.
By this shall all know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.  

 

Act of Remembrance

Let us remember before God, and to commend to His sure keeping, those who have died for their country in war; and all who have lived and died in the service of humanity

From St Paul’s:

 

From Doxey:

 

First World War
Alfred Edward Boult
Edward M Bowers

Samuel Bullbrook

William Ernest Clarke
Walter Cooke

Alfred Hodson

Harry Jervis
Bertram Osborne

Joseph Lowndes Wheaver
Edward Joseph Parker

Second World War

Harry Haggett

 

They shall not grow 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

We will remember them

The Last Post

 

Silence

 

Rouse

 

We all say the Kohima Epitaph:
When you go home

Tell them of us, and say

For your tomorrow

We gave our today

 

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen

Long live our noble Queen

God save the Queen.

Send her victorious, 

Happy and glorious, 

Long to reign over us, 

God save the Queen.

 

Intercessions, led by Revd Ian Perry

On this Remembrance Day we want to thank you Lord for all who have died that we may live.

Thank you Lord

 

 For all who suffered pain that we might know joy.

Thank you Lord

 

For all who had to cope with being in prison that we might know freedom.

Thank you Lord

 

For all those who willingly served in the armed services or on the home front, sacrificing what they wanted so that we can live in peace.

Thank you Lord

 

For all who had to cope with being in prison that we might know freedom.

Thank you Lord  

 

For all those who willingly served in the armed services or on the home front, sacrificing what they wanted so that we can live in peace.

Thank you Lord

Amen.

 

Heavenly Father, we bring before you those who are currently serving in wars and conflicts around the world.

For those facing the unknown,

give them courage.

 

For those struggling with physical exhaustion,

give them strength.

 

For those serving in desperate situations,

give them hope.

 

For those leading others and making difficult decisions,

give them wisdom.

 

and for the families left at home,

give them comfort.

 

In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Responding in Hope and Commitment

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service

 

Will you strive for all that makes peace?          We will

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?                 We will

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?       We will

 

Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us

That have not yet been cast out by love:

May we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people,
and live lives of justice, courage and mercy;

Through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.  Amen

 

Hymn: We shall go out with hope of resurrection

We shall go out with hope of resurrection;
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on;
we shall go out and tell our stories boldly;
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We'll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted;
we'll dream our dream of hurts that can be healed;
we'll weave a cloth of all the world united
within the vision of new life who sets us free.

We'll give a voice to those who have not spoken;
we'll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we'll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressive love alive in every heart.
We'll share our joy with those who are still weeping,
raise hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we'll leap and dance the resurrection story
including all in circles of our love.

Blessing

God grant to the living grace,

to the departed rest,

to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people, unity, peace and concord, and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all and remain with us always.

Amen

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen