Sunday Worship, 8th November 2020

Remembrance Sunday

CCL 125049              Charity No SC002937

Contents                                                                                                                  

  • Welcome
  • Reading         Psalm 46 (Good News Bible)
  • Prayer
  • Act of Remembrance
  • Hymn             161 O God our help in ages past Tune St Anne (Church Hymnary 4th edition)
  • Reading         Isaiah 25: 1-9 (Good News Bible)
  • Hymn             485 Dear Lord and Father of mankind  Tune Repton (Church Hymnary 4th edition)
  • Reading         Matthew 5: 38-48 (Good News Bible)

Prayers for others

Hymn             706 For the healing of the nations Tune Rhuddlan (Church Hymnary 4th edition)

Blessing

Hymn

National Anthem 703 v1 (Church Hymnary 4th edition)


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Welcome

Welcome and let us worship God

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”’

Psalm 91: 1-2

Reading        Psalm 46

God is our shelter and strength,

 always ready to help in times of trouble.

So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken

 and mountains fall into the ocean depths;

even if the seas roar and rage,

 and the hills are shaken by the violence.

There is a river that brings joy to the city of God,

 to the sacred house of the Most High.

God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed;

 at early dawn he will come to its aid.

Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken;

 God thunders, and the earth dissolves.

The LORD Almighty is with us:

 the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come and see what the LORD has done.

 See what amazing things he has done on earth.

He stops wars all over the world;

 he breaks bows, destroys spears,

 and sets shields on fire.

“Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God,

 supreme among the nations,

 supreme over the world.”

The LORD Almighty is with us:

 the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Opening Prayer

The LORD is our God;

his commands are for all the world.

He will keep his covenant for ever

his promises for a thousand generations.          

Psalm 105: 7-8

Heavenly Father

You are a holy God

you see where there is injustice and unfairness

where people are hurt or harmed by others

and you burn with anger against it.

But you are also a loving and caring God

full of mercy and compassion

constant and true in all your ways

ready to forgive and grant  a new start.

You are great and mighty

maker of heaven and earth

but you have called us to yourself

to be your children

to bring to you our worries and our fears

to find in you rest, comfort and healing

You are Lord of all the earth

none is beyond the reach of your care

none is above following your commands

But we confess that at times

we have added to the hurt and harm of your world

we have noticed the needs of others and passed by

we failed to notice

we squandered the love and mercy we received

we have gone back to the old ways after each new start

we have not followed faithfully in the way of Jesus

Forgive us

Restore us

Fill us again with your Spirit

that we may walk faithfully in your way.

Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen


Act of Remembrance

In a few moments

we will be invited to stand for our Act of Remembrance:

for some it is a time for personal memories

for some it is a time to remember other people’s stories

for all of us it is a time to remember all who sacrificed their lives, their health, their future, for us

for all of us it is a time to commit ourselves again to seeking to build peace and God’s Kingdom, that others do not have to make such a sacrifice again

Let us remember

the courage, the devotion to duty, the self-sacrifice

of the men and women in our armed forces

the toil, the endurance, the suffering

of those who were not in uniform

the support of those from afar

Let us remember

those who were wounded in the fight

those who perished in air raids at home

those who fell in battle

who are buried at sea

or in some corner of a foreign field

Let us remember

those who were our enemies

who also lost parents, children, brothers, sisters, friends

who also lost homes, hopes, dreams

Let us remember

those who came back

who lives still bear the scars of war

who lost sight or limbs or reason

who lost faith in God and hope for humanity

Let us remember

those currently caught up in wars

the military personnel and the civilians

Let us remember

God’s will for his world

his continuing love and care for us

and his call to us to follow in the way of Christ

If you are able

will you please stand

and in silence let us remember

They shall not grow old

as we who 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

Let us pray together the Lord’s Prayer:

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 debts,

 as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation;

 but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

 the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

Hymn 161 O God our help in ages past

Bible reading           Isaiah 25: 1-9

LORD, you are my God;

 I will honour you and praise your name.

You have done amazing things;

 you have faithfully carried out

 the plans you made long ago.

You have turned cities into ruins

 and destroyed their fortifications.

The palaces which our enemies built

 are gone for ever.

The people of proud nations will praise you;

 you will be feared in the cities of cruel nations.

The poor and the helpless have fled to you

 and have been safe in times of trouble.

You gave them shelter from storms

 and shade from the burning heat.

Cruel men attack like a winter storm,

 like drought in a dry land.

But you, LORD, have silenced our enemies;

 you silence the shouts of cruel men,

 as a cloud cools a hot day.

Here on Mount Zion the LORD Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world – a banquet of the richest food and the finest wine. Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all the nations. The Sovereign LORD will destroy death for ever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone’s eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The LORD himself has spoken.

When it happens, everyone will say, “He is our God! We have put our trust in him, and he has rescued us. He is the LORD! We have put our trust in him, and now we are happy and joyful because he has save us.”

Hymn 485 Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Reading: Matthew 5: 38-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let them slap your left cheek too. And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let them have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one kilometre, carry it two kilometres. When someone asks you for something, give it to them; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to them.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, but hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect – just as your Father in heaven is perfect!


Prayers for others

Gracious God

We bring before you in prayer

all in our broken world who need your healing and wholeness

who carry sadness, worry and pain

those close to us

those we do not know well

those we do not know at all

those who are ill, and those who worry about them

those waiting for, or receiving, treatment

those who are lonely

those grieving a friend or loved one

those with worries about home, friends or family

those with worries about work or income

those who do not have enough to eat

those who have nowhere to call home

those in our community, nation and world

 who carry the scars of war

 who lost hopes and dreams

 who lost faith because of what they saw or endured

 who care for such people

 who serve in the armed forces

 who live in situations of war and terrorist outrage

 who long to live in peace and safety

 who are working to build peace

We pray for the Queen, the government

 for the countries of the Commonwealth

 for the countries of NATO

 for all those in authority in every land

 for the United Nations and its agencies

 for all who work to build peace and justice in your world

We pray for your church

 here and throughout the world

 help us to follow Jesus faithfully in all we do and say

 that others may see a glimpse of your Kingdom in us

As we remember the sacrifice of others

as we bring these gifts of money

we dedicate them and ourselves to your service

to work to build peace and justice in your world

that it may be a safer place for the generations still to come

Hymn 706 For the healing of the nations (Rhuddlan)

Blessing

God the Father sends you out

 to be his witnesses wherever you go

 to work to bring healing and wholeness in all you do

and the blessing of God Almighty

 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

 rest and remain with you,

 today, and every day, and for ever. Amen

Hymn God save the Queen

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