Rememberance Day Service (8th November 2020)

Rememberance Day Service (8th November 2020)

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This was the order of service:

Before service starts. Video showing inside of St.M and laying of crosses on graves of 6 servicemen (5 Commonwealth war graves and Gooch family vault). Repeat if necessary while people join online.

WELCOME greeting and Notices.

Mission Statement Prayer:   

Loving Heavenly Father, please help us to grow to be more like Jesus. We want to get to know Christ together by loving one another, serving others and being at the heart of our community. Lord Jesus please encourage us on our way. Amen

Leader: Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of the Kingdom of God.                                        Lord, have mercy                                                                                                                ALL:  Lord have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you come in word and sacrament to make your people strong.          

Christ have mercy.                                                                                                             ALL: Christ have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, You will come in glory, with salvation for all your people.           

 Lord have mercy.                                                                                                                ALL: Lord have mercy      

HYMN: Rob and Lydia

CONFESSION:    We confess the things within us that make for conflict – pride, greed, envy, intolerance, our unwillingness to forgive, our selfishness and our lack of time for others. For our share in the world’s continuing pain, Lord, forgive us.   May the peace we pray for begin here and now in our hearts and so may we be instruments of your peace, bringing healing to our broken world.      In the name of Christ. Amen.

Our Heavenly Father sees us and knows our hearts and we are assured of His forgiveness.

A litany of Remembrance                                                                                                      

In the rising of the sun and it’s going down.            

We remember them.                                                                                                 

In the blowing of the wind and the chill of Winter.                                                             We remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of the summer.                                             We remember them

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn.                                                     We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart.                                                                                   We remember them.

When we have joys that we long to share.                                                                         We remember them.

So as long as we live, they too shall live.                                                                           For we remember them.

1st Bible Reading:     1.Thessalonians 4.13 - end.   ANN   This is the word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God

HYMN: Rob and Lydia

2nd Bible Reading:   Matthew 25. 1-13.     SHIRLEY         This is the word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

Address: Revd Stephanie Gillingham

Affirmation of Faith: We believe in God, who made the sun and the sky, the stars and the sea.    Who calls us to live responsibly.  We believe in Jesus Christ, who became human, who healed the sick, who talked to children, who made friends with sinners. He burned brightly and offended many. His journey was one of life and death and resurrection. His light continues to shine in the darkness.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, who inspires the scriptures and whose breath we breathe. We believe that God calls us to be a community committed to one another, offering a welcome to everyone: Old and young, rich and poor, strong and weak. We believe that God calls us to be peacemakers, workers for justice, bothers and sisters.    A light to the world.

Prayers of intersession       Led by Linda Stevens

Collect prayer:

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 forever. Amen.



The Lord’s Prayer:                                                                                                             

  Our Father in heaven, hallowed by 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 forever. Amen.

HYMN: Rob and Lydia                                                      

Closing Prayer    O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home. We look forward with hope to new possibilities, we trust in God who brings life out of death and who calls us to love our enemies and we seek the peace which he alone can give. Amen

The Blessing.

Move to the war Memorial:

Crosses and wreath are laid.

Let us now pay tribute to those who laid down their lives in the cause of justice and freedom.

The Roll of Honour is read.   (On separate Sheet).

We say together:    They shall not grow 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.  

Maintain 2 minutes silence

We say together:    When you go home, tell them of us and say ‘For your tomorrows we gave our today’

We sing, in a subdued manner:                                                                                        

O when the saints go marching in                                                                                

O when the saints go marching in                                                                                

O Lord, I want to be in that number,                                                                            

When the saints go marching in.


O when they crown him Lord of all                                                                             

 O when they crown him Lord of all                                                                              

O Lord, I want to be in that number,                                                                                

When they crown Him Lord of all.


O when they sing the Saviour’s praise                                                                          

O when they sing the Saviour’s praise                                                                        

O Lord, want to be in that number,                                                                            

When they sing the Saviour’s praise.  





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