Remembrance Day

With what words do we remember?

With what words do we turn from the memories of war to the hope of peace?

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IMG_9831Start at 10:55 so silence will commence at 11:00 am.

Scripture        Deuteronomy 32:7

Hear the ancient words of our faith from the Hebrew scripture, Deuteronomy, chapter 32, verse 7:

Remember the days of old,

consider the years long past;

ask your father, and he will inform you;

your elders, and they will tell you.

Our service this morning uses suggestions from both the British Legion and Churches Together in Britain.  To start, [a veteran] and [a child or youth], will help us remember.

Remembering

Veteran:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

A younger person replies:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Minister:  And let the people say, We will remember them:  We will remember them.

(If there is still time, go as far as child lighting the candle, before the silence.)

2 Minute Silence – at 11:00 am

As a sign of respect, those who are able, please stand.  If it is easier for you to remain sitting, please do.  During this two minutes of silence, we remember.  Silence –

The Last Post  (start at exactly 2 minutes)

                    On trumpet or a CD

(after the Last Post)   Please be seated.

Prayer

Spirit of Love, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence.  May that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations.   Amen.

The Kohima Epitaph – [recited by the Veteran]

When you go home, tell them of us and say,

for your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Light a candle  —  Veteran & Youth

Young person:  We light this candle as a symbol of remembrance, peace and hope.

Read list of war casualties (military and civilian) from this church, if available.

Thank you [Veteran] and [child/youth] for helping us remember.

Merciful God, your love embraces all of creation.
Your realm knows nothing of the borders we draw between nations.
You have taught us that every woman, man and child is our neighbour.
You have commanded us to love, love, love,
without thought of our own security, or glory, or gain.

Remind us that you have pronounced your blessing,
not upon nations and armies,
but upon the poor, and the meek, and the peacemakers.

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember those who have lost their lives as a result of war;
Young soldiers, dispatched to far-away places, never to return
And civilians, young and old, caught in the crossfire of conflict.

Loving God, bring healing to families torn apart by war.
Comfort those who mourn for their loved ones.

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember those who have been psychologically wounded by the horrors of war
Who find themselves unable to live with the burden of having taken away human life
Those who dehumanise ‘the enemy’ in order to carry out acts of violence
And find their own humanity diminished as a result.

Loving God, bring healing to hearts and minds that are broken
Reveal to us your image deep within us and within every other human life

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember the ecological cost of war; the landscapes that bear the scars of bombing,
The soil and water poisoned by the chemical residue of weapons,
The scorched earth churned to dust by heavy vehicles,
The destroyed forest-habitats of birds and creatures
And the innocent animal lives lost amongst the ‘collateral damage’.

Loving God, bring healing to the earth
Make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember those living, now, under oppressive regimes
Or in the midst of violence and conflict.
The millions displaced from their homes to refugee camps
The communities struggling on with their daily lives under the shadow of war
Fearing for their lives, and the lives of their children

Loving God, bring healing to nations where there is unrest
Inspire in us hope for a world where all can live in dignity and safety

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember those who campaign for peace,
Who seek and encourage reconciliation, and non-violent resolutions to conflict,
Those bold prophets who raise their voices to declare that there can be another way
And those who, in their lives, model the radical forgiveness that Christ himself taught and demonstrated

Loving God, bring healing to communities;
Forgiveness where there is hurt, compassion where there is hatred, love where there is fear

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.  

     Amen.

poppy_WW1_imageGod, we lift our prayer for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and asking that they may know peace: for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to you; God grant them peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For those who love them in death as in life, meet them in their grief and the sadness, and grant them peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return. God grant them peace, and safe returns.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity, God comfort them and give them hope.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; God, grant them courage and wisdom and perseverance.  Raise them up that they may turn the course of history.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; bless them with gifts wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace.

This morning, we especially lift up leaders in Syria, in America, in ….

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.  Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.  As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers for those who are not healthy, who have known serious illness, persistent ailments, and limited mobility.  We pray for an over-shadowing of your mercy upon them.  For….  Encircle them with your healing touch.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have been visited by loss and grief, especially for the family of  ….  Comfort and strengthen them.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

In this moment of silence, hear the concerns we bring, heavy on our hearts, and the joys we celebrate in our lives and in the lives of those we love and for which we give thanks. [silence]

Encircle those we have named, and those left un-named, with your healing love and peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.