Stratford Remembrance Service
The Lord is here.
His spirit is with
meet in this centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, to
remember the many millions of fighters and civilians who died; to
think also of those who were terribly injured and traumatized, and to
remember the bereaved. We remember too all who have died and
suffered in conflicts since, and who still do today.
begin by remembering a suffering God.
is a green hill far away
Act of Remembrance
us remember in thanksgiving and sorrow those who have died in
shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
the going down of the sun and in the morning,
will remember them.
We will remember
The Two-Minute Silence
God, from whose love we cannot be parted, either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgiving for all whom we remember this day.
Fulfil in us, as in them, the purpose of your love; and bring us all
to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1914 by John Masefield
1914-18: Voices from the Great War compiled by Lyn McDonald
8. 34-38: The Call to Sacrifice
us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
pride, its selfishness, its greed;
evil divisions and hatreds.
us confess our share in what is wrong,
our failure to seek and establish that peace
God wills for his children.
we confess that we
in thought, word and
We have not loved
you with our whole heart.
We have not loved
our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy,
forgive what we have
help us to amend
what we are,
and direct what we
that we may do
and walk humbly with
you, our God.
forgives all who are truly sorry,
mercy upon us,
and deliver us from all our sins,
and strengthen us in all goodness,
keep us in life eternal;
Jesus Christ our Lord.
to the Holy Spirit
still, for the presence of the Lord
21. 3-5a: A Vision of the Coming of God's Kingdom
pray for the coming of God's kingdom in the words of the Lord's
Peace Prayer used by people of many faiths
Lead me from Death
from Falsehood to
Lead me from Despair
from Fear to Trust.
Lead me from Hate to
from War to Peace.
Let Peace fill our
our world, our
said, “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his
life for his friends.” (John 15. 13)
we honour the sacrifice of those who have died in war. We give
thanks that members of our armed and emergency services and others
are still prepared to risk danger and death for our safety. Service
families too make sacrifices: long periods apart and anxious waits
for news when their loved ones are on active service, and the
disruption to careers, schooling and friendships caused by frequent
and unpredictable postings: we acknowledge their sacrifice too. We
are all called to serve others; not many are asked to die for others,
but to live for others is also a commitment and has a cost.
us pledge ourselves anew to a life of service, that we may help,
encourage and comfort others, and support those working for the
relief of those in need and the peace and welfare of all countries.
Lord God, we pledge
ourselves to serve others
in our homes, our
community and the world.
Guide us to strive
for peace and justice
and the relief of
want and suffering.
Give us wisdom; give
us courage; give us hope;
and keep us always
Hymn: Father, hear the prayer we offer
God give to us and all those for whom we pray
comfort and his peace,
light and his joy,
this world and the next;
may the blessing of Almighty God,
Redeemer and Sanctifier,
among us and remain with us always.