Morning Worship for Remembrance Sunday

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

Confession

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. 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. Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen. May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and make us sure of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

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. Amen.

New Testament Reading:
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
Hymn
I vow to thee, my country
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 25: 1-13

Prayers

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace: for the servicemen 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 peacemakers and peacekeepers, 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. 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

Blessing

God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all humanity, peace and concord; and to us and all his servants life everlasting. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

Act of Remembrance

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; All who have lived and died in the service of mankind. 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. Here follows the two-minute silence.

The Kohima Epitaph

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.” Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death of life: Hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; Fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.