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Remembrance Sunday 2020

BEGINNING

If you would like to mark the Silence at 11am then begin at about 10.50am. You might like to have a kitchen timer ready and set for two minutes. You might also like to place a lighted candle or some poppies on a table in front of you.

Take a seat and a few moments of quietness to become still and gather your thoughts. Then slowly read these sentences from the Bible:

God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.

(Psalm 46.1)

 

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

(Psalm 121.1-2)

 

This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

(Lamentations 3.21-23)

 

Remembering how humanity always strays so far from God’s good and loving purposes for us, use these words to ask for God’s forgiveness:

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that I have sinned in thought, word and deed.

I have not loved you with my whole heart and I have not loved my neighbours as myself.

In your mercy forgive what I have been, help me to amend what I am, and direct what I shall be;

that I may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Take a moment to recall Luke 5: 20: "When Jesus saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven.'”

Now read these words of intention, aloud if you like:

Today, in the presence of God and in company with millions of others, I commit myself to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.

I pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

I remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.

 

REMEMBERING

After some quiet reflection, as 11am approaches, you might like to open your front door and join the national two-minutes silence standing on your doorstep. Otherwise, stand if you can and say these words aloud:

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.

 

Begin the two-minute silence.

When the two minutes has concluded sit down again and say this prayer:

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.

               

You may like to read or sing some verses of this familiar hymn:

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)

 

 

 

 

End with the following prayers:

 

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.

Amen.

 

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.

Amen.

 

 

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