Remembrance Sunday 2020

This short act of worship has been prepared for those who may not be able to share in our online services. If you are well enough, why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.
Opening Words
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40.31
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6.8)

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home;

Beneath the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all our years away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.
(Isaac Watts 1674-1748) Singing the Faith 132

Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure
keeping: Those who have died for their country in war;
those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; and all who have lived and died in the service of humanity.
They shall grow not 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 Silence:
When you go home tell them of us and say –
For your tomorrow we gave our today.
Ever-living God, 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, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Matthew 5.1-12
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a
mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to
him, and he began to teach them. He said:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Take time to sit quietly and reflect on the many ways in which God is blessing you. Give thanks to God as you recall his faithfulness, goodness and love to all the world.
Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and
ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women who have died in the
violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God;
May God give peace
God give peace
For those who love them in death as in life, offering
the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;
May God give peace
God give peace
For all members of the armed forces who are in danger
this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray
for their safe return;
May God give peace
God give peace
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;
May God give peace
God give peace
for peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to
keep this world secure and free;
May God give peace
God give peace
For all who bear the burden and privilege of
leadership, political, military and religious; asking for
gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for
reconciliation and peace.
May God give peace
God give peace
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 forever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father ……
A prayer of 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 you all
and remain with you always.

Prayers from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
remembrance . Original Materials by Rev Alan Bradley. Hymns
reproduced under CCLI: 6341

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