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Livestream Service – 8th November (Text File only)



Service for
Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 8th November 2020

The Gathering
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

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
We meet in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves to work
in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,
that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all
who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of
war and terror.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow
those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,
have been given and taken away.
All: Amen.

Prayers of Penitence
Let us confess to God the sins
and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its selfishness, its greed;
its evil divisions and hatreds.
Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
and our failure to seek and establish that peace
which God wills for his children.

The hatred which divides nation from nation,
race from race, class from class,
All: Father forgive.
The covetous desires of people and nations
to possess what is not their own,
All: Father forgive.
The greed which exploits the work of human hands
and lays waste the earth,
All: Father forgive.
Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
All: Father forgive.
Our indifference to the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
All: Father forgive.
The pride which leads to trust in ourselves
and not in God,
All: Father forgive.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgives you.
All: Amen.

Let us 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.
All: Amen.

Listening for the Word from God
Amos 5:18-24
1 Thessalonians 4:13-1

At the end of each
This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 25:1-13
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew.
All: Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, O Christ.


Praying Together

The Eucharistic Prayer
The president says

The Lord be with you.
All: and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

The prayer continues until ...
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The prayer continues until ...
Great is the mystery of faith:
All: Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

The prayer concludes ...
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.
All: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All: 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.

Breaking of the Bread
The president breaks the consecrated bread and says.
Jesus is the living bread which came down from heaven:
if anyone eats of this bread, they will live for ever.
All: Lord, give us this bread always.

Giving of Communion
‘I am the bread of life,’ says the Lord;
‘whoever comes to me will never hunger;
whoever believes in me will never thirst.’
‘I am the vine: you are the branches.’
All: May we dwell in him as he lives in us.

Let us remember before God,
and commend to his safe 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 the peoples of the world.

A list of those to be remembered by name is read.

Prayer of Commemoration
Remember, Lord, those whose stories remain unspoken and untold.
All: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom.
Remember, Lord, those whose minds are darkened and disturbed by memories of war.
All: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom.
Remember, Lord, those who suffer in silence, and those whose bodies are disfigured
by injury and pain.

All: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom.
Father of all, remember your holy promise, and look with love on all your people, living and departed.
On this day we especially ask that you would hold for ever all who suffer in the field of war, those who return scarred by their experiences, the families who wait anxiously at home, and those who return wounded and disillusioned; those who mourn, and those communities that have been diminished and have suffered loss.
Remember too those who act with kindly compassion, those who bravely risk their own lives for their comrades, and those who in the aftermath of war, work tirelessly for a more peaceful world.
Remember the emergency services, and those innocent civilians who have been injured or lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
And as you remember them, remember us, O Lord; grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Responding in Hope and Commitment
An older person says
They shall grow not 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.
All: We will remember them.

The Kohima Epitaph is said
When you go home
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow
we gave our today.

Act of Commitment
‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’ ~ Matthew 5:9

Spirit of God, teach us your ways,
All: that we may walk in the paths of peace.
Let us individually and together, commit ourselves to the cause of peace and reconciliation:
Lord God,
your Son proclaimed your peaceable Kingdom
in both word and deed,
open our hearts and minds, we pray,
to receive his Easter gift of peace.
And as we seek to witness to your purpose of peace,
give us generosity of spirit in times of disagreement,
patience in times of difficulty,
the desire to pray for those who oppose us,
and above all make us to be interpreters and bridge-builders
between those who are at enmity.
This we ask in the name of Christ
who has destroyed every wall that divides us,
and whose sacrifice has made our peace with you,
the Father of all humankind.
All Amen.

And so we pray together
All: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness light;
where there is sadness joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen. St Francis of Assisi
God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
All Fill us with your Holy Spirit,
O Lord, that we may be ambassadors for Christ
and messengers of your reconciling love.

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.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
on her be pleased to pour, long may she reign:
may she defend our laws,
and ever give us cause,
to sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

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,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All: Amen.