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Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020

Introductory Song: 'Be Still'

Welcome:

We give you a very warm welcome to this service in which we remember all those who have laid down their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy. The overriding love of God and the ultimate sacrifice our Saviour made on our behalf are also very much in our minds. We will be using resources today from Scripture Union and from The Soldiers and Airmen Scripture Readers Association. We acknowledge our gratitude to them.

Opening Scripture Verses: (1 John 4 vs 7 and 8 ESV)

‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’

Opening Prayers

Lord God Almighty, we humble ourselves before you and we worship you because you alone are the Living God. We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for such great love; and thank you Jesus for giving up your life on the cross so that sinners might be saved and know everlasting rest. We give thanks for our military personnel, Chaplains and the Chain of Command. We remember too, those who have died in service for the United Kingdom. Help each of us to understand the cost of war. May we never take our liberty for granted. In Jesus’s name we pray.

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Young People's Slot: (Scripture Union Video)

Song: 'He’s got the whole world in His hands'

SASRA Video: Including two-minute silence


Hymn: 'O God our help in ages past'

A Prayer of Remembrance:

Almighty God, help us to honour and cherish the memory of those who gave their lives in both World Wars that they might be free. We remember before You today the reality of the First World War which ended 102 years ago. We recall the horrors of that terrible War and the many men who lost their lives in the trenches. We remember the husbands and sons who never returned. We also thank You for the miraculous end of the dark days of the Battle of Britain 80 years ago and we celebrate with overwhelming gratefulness the eventual close of the Second World War 75 years ago.
Father of compassion and God of all comfort, we pray for those with actual memories of loved ones lost in wars and conflicts. Please ease the pain of such memories. We pray that we will never forget the debt we owe.
Heavenly Father, be with those facing war and conflict this day. We pray especially for our own service men and woman at sea and on land and in the air in various parts of the world. We also bring to You all the victims and refugees of war and for Christians suffering for their faith in many parts of the world. Be their comfort and their help. We present these petitions in Jesus' name.
Amen.

A Prayer of Confession and Commitment:

God of peace, I acknowledge that I have not sought peace enough.
God of love, I acknowledge that I have not always been loving.
God of justice, I acknowledge that I have closed my eyes to injustice.
God of heaven, I acknowledge that I have let the world around me shape me
into its mould and resisted Your call on me to be Christ-like.
I grieve for the lives lost in war, the soldiers and civilians alike.
I honour the courage of the brave, and I lament the failures that sent them to fight.
And in the name of Christ, the Prince of Peace,
I commit myself to walk in the ways of peace, in thought, word and deed.
Amen.



Song: 'Restore O Lord'

Bible Reading: Excerpts from Psalm 78 Read by Paul and Douglas

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Address: Rev Paul Wilson.

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Hymn: 'Lord for the years'

Benediction: (Jude vs24 and 25, ESV)

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.
Amen.


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