Services whilst we are closed due to Corona virus

                        

 

 

St Clement Church Community Remembrance Sunday Service

 

 

Good morning to you all as we celebrate our Remembrance Sunday Service.  Sadly, lockdown restrictions mean that once again, we aren’t able to meet in church for Sunday worship, though the building can remain open for private prayer.  

This Sunday, as we join together at home, we commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and at 11am on Wednesday 11th November there will be a short wreath laying service at St Clement War Memorial at the top of Tregolls Road.  As I shall be elsewhere, this service will be led by Liz Davies, if you are planning to attend please be aware of the current Covid regulations re public spaces and maintain the necessary social distancing.  (Advice can be found on the GOVUK website)

Let us all hope and pray that the next four weeks will bring the Covid virus under control so we can look forward to Advent and Christmas celebrations together in church. In the meantime, stay home and stay safe!  May Christ’s love sustain you this day and always. 

Much love and God Bless, Rev Di and family xx

 

Let us pray:

We gather this morning in penitence and faith, to pray for reconciliation between nations, that all people may live together in freedom,

justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain, continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.

Amen

 

Act of Remembrance       

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

 

 

We say together:

 ‘They shall not grow old as we who 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.

 

Prayer of Commemoration

Let us pray;

Ever-living God, we remember all those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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 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 Soldier” Rupert Brooke

 

If I should die, think only this of me:

that there’s some corner of a foreign field

that is forever England.

There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

a dust whom England bore, shaped,

made aware, gave once, her flowers to love,

her ways to roam.

A body of England’s, breathing English air,

washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

a pulse in the eternal mind,

no less gives somewhere back

the thoughts by England given;

her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

and laughter, learnt of friends;

and gentleness, in hearts at peace,

under an English heaven.

 

 

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious, Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us, God save the Queen.

 

God bless our native land, May heaven’s protective hand

still guard our shore.

May peace her power extend, Foe be transformed to friend

and Britain’s rights depend on war no more.


Not in this land alone, but be God's mercies known
from shore to shore.
Lord make the nations see that men should brothers be;
and form one family the wide world o’er.                         

 

 

 

 

Act of Penitence                                  

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;

its pride, its selfishness, 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 all his children.

 

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.

Amen.

 

Absolution

May Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, 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.

 

Let us pray our Collect for today

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 family 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.

 

Our Reading is taken from the Gospel of John (15.9-17)

(Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. 

Response: ‘Glory to you O Lord.’

 

9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.

10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you,

and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you.

15I 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.

16You 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.

17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

 

(This is the Gospel of the Lord.  Response: ‘Praise to you, O, Christ’)

 

Reflection

‘The family has been told.’

These are words we hear, all too often, from our radios and televisions, and read in our papers.  ‘The Family has been told.’

More often than not, they’re the final words used in an article telling us that yet another member of the Armed Forces has been killed in conflict or by tragic accident.

Whenever I hear or read those words I place before God the life that has been taken; then I remember in prayer those who have been told: a partner left alone and bereft; the child who’ll never again experience that parent’s embrace, parents who have lost a son or daughter; I remember those who may well have fought to keep the person alive.

‘The Family has been told.’

I have at home the letters my grandmother received from the War Office in 1941, when her son went missing in action whilst serving with Bomber Command in World War Two.

Even though his plane hadn’t returned that fateful night from the raid over Germany, the letters contained hope, offering comfort that perhaps the plane had been shot down, but landed safely, and the crew were now prisoners of war.

It wasn’t until the last letter arrived, months later, edged in black, that hope ended, and our family joined the long list of those who’d been ‘told.’

We come together this Remembrance Sunday to join in solidarity with those who, both down the generations and to this present day, ‘have been told’ of the death of a serving loved one.

We remember those who have made that ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for this country, for our freedom, so we might enjoy the gift of peace.

Today is an act of remembrance we have to carry out in our own homes; but we also join with people throughout this land to pause, remember, and give thanks.

We remember as a nation, we remember as a family.

As a family we place before God the pain and futility of war, remembering not only those involved in direct combat, but also the innocent victims of war: the children, the elderly, those who lose their homes and livelihoods, as well as the animals used in past conflicts, and especially the dogs used in modern warfare today.

As a family we pray for a better world and remember God’s purpose for us revealed in Jesus Christ, who came as the Prince of Peace.

That purpose revealed that above all, we should live as one; and that God loves each one of us equally, irrespective of race, creed, colour, or nationality.

‘The Family has been told.’

When I hear or read those words I also place before God those who have to do the telling; those whose responsibility it is to contact the family, those who have to take the long painful walk up the path, knock on the door and utter words that mean life will never be the same again.

As an Officiating Chaplain to the Military I have witnessed that responsibility, and it is heart breaking.

We offer our support by sharing this service today, and by those able to attend the wreath laying service on Wednesday.  By our words and our actions, by displaying a Poppy in our window at home, we say to the bereaved families; ‘We will remember them.’

And as we remember them, their sacrifice made, we also have the responsibility to pray that the freedom and the peace they fought for, the fight our Armed Forces continue to be involved in, will not be in vain.

That by God’s grace, the nations of this world divided and torn apart by the ravages of war may be healed and made whole.

As we recall the sacrifice of the many, let us remember yet again those words; ‘The Family has been told.’

Lest we forget the grief that lies behind them.

Amen.

 

 

 

Act of Commitment                                 

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men and women: that we may help, encourage and comfort others, and support those working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.

 

Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always.

Amen. 

 

 

Intercessions                        

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,

and ask that God may give us peace.

 

For all in the services who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by, and known, to God

May God give peace.  God give peace

 

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;

May God give peace.  God give peace

 

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day,

Remembering their family, friends, and all who pray for their safe return;

May God give peace.  God give peace

 

For civilian women, children, men and animals whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;

May God give peace.  God give peace

 

For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve

in the search for reconciliation and peace;

May God give peace.  God give peace

 

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.

Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.

As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;

for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Let us say together The Lord’s Prayer:

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.

 

Blessing

God grant to the living grace, to the departed rest,

to the Church, and all humanity, unity, peace and concord;

and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting;

and may the Blessing of God Almighty,    

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us, those whom we love,

and remain with us always.

Amen.

 

 

'When you go home,
tell them of us and say,
for their tomorrow, 
we gave our today'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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