Sunday 8th November 2020 – Remembrance

Welcome to the service for 8th November 2020 – Remembrance Sunday. There is no particular time for this service – watch it when you are ready. However, if you want to get to the silence for Remembrance exactly at 11am, you will want to start watching about eighteen minutes past ten. Don’t worry if you have missed this time – it is fine to watch it whenever you are ready.

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Welcome & Introduction

Let us recall the words of the Lord our saviour. For Christ Jesus said: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 12-13)

On this Remembrance Sunday we remember those who have died in war and conflict, recalling with gratitude the self-sacrifice of men, women and children who have laid down their own lives in the cause of freedom, justice, peace and mercy.

Lord of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts those who in the day of decision gave their all for the liberties we now enjoy. Help us to recognize the incalculable debt we owe them this day, that we may strive in our own time to maintain true freedom in our nation, and to safeguard the peace which was won at such great cost; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn of another day has broken upon us.
It shines on those who dwell in the darkness of despair.

It brings healing to those under the shadow of death.
And guides our feet in the ways of forgiveness and peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

As we do not have a collection in Church this week, I encourage you to donate individually to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Confession

In life and in death we are with the Lord.
Let us turn to the Lord who is full of compassion and mercy,
and ask that he will forgive us our sins,
and extend his healing love upon our broken world.
Lord, you promise a place in paradise
to all who call to you in penitence and faith.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you bring comfort to those who mourn
and have suffered loss.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you speak your word of peace in times of conflict
and calm our fears.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Absolution

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our
Saviour, forgive us our sins, and make us holy to serve him in the
world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Alcuin of York 804 AD)

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

Old Testament reading – Micah 4:1-5 (NRSV)

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from erusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

New Testament reading – John 15:9-17 (NRSV)

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn – Make me a channel

Sermon

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, or perhaps you prefer the modern language: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. The message is the same.

Jesus left his disciples with this command. To love one another, even to the point of death. We inherit that command and our life as Christians is to strive to live out the instruction to love.

In the worldwide conflicts of the twentieth century, when conscription meant little choice in whether you wanted to lay down your life, a horrific number of people went to war. For many, it will have been the thought of their friends or loved ones that kept them going through the horror and carnage which followed. When we hear the names of those who died read, we can imagine the parents, siblings, children and partners left at home. Each of those names conjures a family with an unfilled space at the table. These brave people did indeed give their lives, but not just for their friends. They gave their lives for the hope of a greater freedom for those they left behind at home, knowing that they may not return themselves to enjoy that freedom and that peace.

As we remember those people today, we pray with thankfulness for their sacrifice and for the continuing sacrifice of the armed forces today. We also pray for peace, that we may find a way to be a generation that can avoid war and conflict on a global scale; that, as the prophet Micah puts is, we may truly see a time when swords are beaten into ploughshares, or whatever the modern equivalent would be: tanks re-made as tractors perhaps? That world doesn’t seem very close at the moment. Often the path to peace lies through conflict and our peace and prosperity depends on the willingness of the armed forces to defend and to establish and maintain peace with force.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

While it can be overwhelming to pray for the whole world, Christians are also called to pray for our nation, our villages and households and ourselves. We pray that we might become people of peace. The ability to live in peace with people requires that we understand their values and their motivations which may be very different to our own. Our most significant contribution to the global effort for peace may be to make the effort to befriend our neighbours who are very different to us, whether of different race or class or religion or politics. If we can try to understand each other and discover that our differences are not great enough to divide us, we will be playing our part in the global striving for peace.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

This year, amidst a global pandemic, we have discovered new ways to love each other: by respecting a 2 metre distance, by wearing a face covering, by not singing, by staying at home. It goes against our usual way of life, when closeness and a hug and a sit down with a cup of tea is the natural way to respond to distress. But we know that it is us, ourselves, that are potentially the danger to other people’s health. In laying down, temporarily, some of the freedoms we enjoy, we show our love for our friends.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

Our true motivator in the quest to love our friends and neighbours is Jesus, who showed us the way by willingly giving himself up to death for all of us. As we strive to live well in our situation, we hold Jesus as the example for Christian living, trusting that his promise of eternal life makes sense of the sacrifices we are asked to make in this life.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

May we all strive to live in that love, this year and every year.

Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hymn – Hope for the world’s despair

Prayers of Intercession

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Bruised and black clouds shed heavy tears on the fields of Flanders;
fields become graveyards in which were buried the flower of a generation.
And God wept, for these were his children.

Bruised and black clouds shed heavy tears on the cities of Europe, of
Japan, cities shrouded in the dust of desolation, camps wreathed in
the smoke of human cremations, people in confusion whispering
“Please God, never again”.
And God wept, for these were his children.

Bruised and black clouds shroud cities, shopping streets, business
centres, refugee camps, and people gaze on devastation wrought by
evil on innocence.
And God weeps, for these are his children.

Bruised and black clouds shed tears over a whole world, bowed,
bloodied by battle, cowed and weary of war, her roads clogged by
refugees with nowhere but earth to call home.
And God weeps, for these are his children.

God of life, drawing life and death together in Yourself, uniting the
lost and the loving, be among us as we gather.
Guide our praying and loving, cherish our remembering God,
our God who forgets no-one.

From the rising of the sun until its setting –
God of peace, God of justice,
God of infinite mercy, remember your people.

From the bleakness of war to the lavish warmth of peace –
God of peace, God of justice,
God of infinite mercy, remember your people.

From the peace of eternity to the pain of the present moment –
God of peace, God of justice,
God of infinite mercy, remember your people.

We turn to you God, asking that you enfold our planet in your
justice, peace and truth. Enlighten the minds of those making
decisions, melt the hearts of those inflicting cruelty upon your
children and strengthen the resolve of all who pray for peace.
And may God bless us, and the peoples who share our planet –
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
And may God hold our world
and all its people in the palm of his hand.
Amen.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom,
as we pray in the words you gave 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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

NIMROD by Edward Elgar
A time for personal reflection and remembrance.
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Stand

Let us remember those from these parishes who made the supreme sacrifice.

The names of those remembered are read.

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.

Last Post

2 minute silence as we remember

Reveille

Crosses of remembrance are laid at Coxwold on the graves of:

Private William Cornforth

Sub Lieutenant CH Jones

Bombadier William Whincup

Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping: those who have died for their country in war and in conflict; those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; and all who have lived and died in the service of mankind.

The Wreath is laid upon the War Memorial

Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life; hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all those whom we remember this day; fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Kohima Epitaph

When you go home, tell them of us and say, ‘For your tomorrow we gave our today’.

Hymn – Thine be the glory

Blessing

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 us and all God’s servants, life everlasting;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you all and remain with you now and always.
Amen.

Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.

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