Wednesday 11 November 2020 Armistice Day

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Welcome

Welcome and let us worship God

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

Opening Prayer

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

Let us make 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

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

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!


Prayer

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

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