Remembrance Sunday

The 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

The Epistle is written in the 4 chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Thessolonians:

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord Himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

This is the Word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew. All: Glory to You, O Lord

The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ ‘But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers 8th November

Almighty God, we are here to remember the lessons of the past; the awful cost of war, the extent of self-sacrifice, the scope of human depravity, the fear and pain, the tragedy and the grief of so many. We are here to remember the horror they endured and the determination they displayed to defend the values that we all hold so dear today.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning: We will remember them. 

Living God, we remember those who still mourn the loved ones they lost in the two world wars and in conflicts since, those whose lives even now are blighted by war and terrorism, those scarred in body, mind and spirit, those for whom warfare has meant life will never be the same again.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning: We will remember them.

And we remember also those who strive to establish and maintain peace ~ governments and world leaders, United Nations’ forces and diplomats, pressure groups and ordinary people; all who in different ways, strive to promote harmony between nations, giving victims of war the opportunity to live a normal life once more.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning: We will remember them.

We thank you for those who have had the courage to stand up for their convictions, come what may; to fight against evil and injustice, even at the cost of their own lives; to live out their faith and share it with others in the face of bitter opposition.

In glad thanksgiving: We will remember them.

And especially this day we thank you for those who displayed such courage and heroism in all the horrors of war ~ those who fought so bravely, who served so faithfully, who sacrificed so greatly for the cause they believed in and for the freedom of their country.

In glad thanksgiving: We will remember them.

Sovereign Lord, forgive us, that despite our words, all too easily we forget ~ we fail to learn the lessons of the past, we forget the debt we owe and take for granted the freedom we enjoy. Let there be peace in our world where now there is war, and grant that the time will come when nations will live together, justly, openly, and harmoniously in a common fellowship of humankind.

In the name of the One who came in peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.