Remembrance Service

The Cross Country Parishes of Acton, Church Minshull, Worleston and Wettenhall


Service of Remembrance

The Gathering

Minister God is our refuge and strength; a very present 

help in trouble.

                Psalm 46:1


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 – 33

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.

Isaiah 40: 31


A hymn by the congregation or an anthem by the choir may be sung.


Minister 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.


Minister We pray for all

who in bereavement, disability and pain

continue to suffer the consequences of 

fighting and terror.


We remember with sorrow 

those whose lives,

in world wars and conflicts, past and present,

have been given and taken away.


Where the Act of Remembrance takes place outside, the congregation follow the Minister outside to the War Memorial


The Act of Remembrance

Minister or They shall not grow old,

other as we that are left grow old;

person age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning,

we will remember them.


All We will remember them.


The Last Post may be played

The Two Minute Silence

The Reveille may be played 

Minister 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.


The wreaths are laid


Where the service is held outside, the Minister leads the congregation back into church


Hymn O God Our Help in Ages Past


An Act of Penitence

Minister 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.


All 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.


Minister Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.


Hymn


Listening To The Word of God

One or two readings follow.


At the end of the readings we say:


This is the word of the Lord

All Thanks be to God.


Sermon


Hymn



Affirming Our Faith

Minister Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.


All Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.


Therefore God has raised him on high,

and given him the name above every name:

that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

cf Philippians 2.6-11


Prayers of Intercession

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour 

has taught us.

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. Amen.


Hymn During which an Offering is taken.


Responding in Hope and Commitment


A young person, or adult may light the Easter Candle, or other large candle and says:


When you go home

tell them of us and say,

for your tomorrow

we gave our today.


Minister Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and 

faithful  service.


Will you strive for all that makes for peace?

All We will.


Minister Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?

All We will.


Minister Will you work for a just future for all humanity?

All We will.


Minister Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us

that have not yet been cast out by love:

may we accept the hope you have placed 

in the hearts of all people,

and live lives of justice, courage and mercy;

through Jesus Christ our risen redeemer.

All Amen.


Hymn


The Blessing

Minister 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 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.


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




Based on the Order of Service for Remembrance

Sunday produced by The Churches Together in

Britain and Ireland 2005
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