St Giles Water Stratford 

Remembrance Sunday on the Centenary of the Armistice

11th November 2018 

The Lord is here.
His spirit is with us.
We meet on this Centenary of the end of the First World War, to remember the millions who lost their lives in that conflict; those who were terribly injured or traumatized; all whose lives were torn apart by the death or injury of a loved one; and the peace which started this day. We remember too before God those who have suffered and died in war and terror since 1918, and who do so today.

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its sefishness, 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.
Merciful God,
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.
Almighty God,
who forgives all who are truly sorry,
have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hymn:  Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

Reading: Romans 8 verses 35-39

The Act of Remembrance
Let us remember in thanksgiving and sorrow those who have died in war and terror.

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.

Silence is kept

Almighty 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.

Song: Keep the Home Fires Burning by Ivor Novello

Reading: The Send-Off by Wilfred Owen

The Water Stratford Roll of Honour 
Crosses will be planted
Herbert George Cadd
Kenneth Borrodaile Henry
Francis John May
Thomas Walter Pearson
William James Hilsdon
Robert Gordon Sikes

Reading: A Soldier's Grave by Francis Ledwidge

Hymn: Abide with me, verses 1 and 5

Reading: The Healing by WJC Hilsdon

Let us pray

Show us, good Lord,
      the peace we should seek,
      the peace we must give,
      the peace we can keep,
      the peace we must forgo,
and the peace you have given in Jesus our Lord.  Amen.       by Caryl Micklem

Prayers are offered for the world and its people

Trusting in the compassion of God, as our Saviour has taught us, so we pray:

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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

O God from whom all holy desires, all just counsels and all good works do proceed: give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

Hymn: It came upon a midnight clear, verses 1, 2, 3 

God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord; and to us and all his servants, life everlasting; and the blessing of God almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Comforter, be on us and those for whom we pray, now and in eternity.  Amen.

Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.