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Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020

Call God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.John 15:13.

Intro 75 years on from the end of the Second World we meet to remember and give thanks
for the many sacrifices made by so many in conflicts across the globe and down through the years that we might live in peace and freedom.


Mini Service https://youtu.be/P6u3bO6O_Jc
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Praise: Hymn 161 O God our help in ages past 3 verses
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This year marked the 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ day. There are still those around who were young enough to have served, who remember fallen comrades; many more who still remember relatives who didn’t come home. As we gather to remember those who have served and sacrificed may we be helped to say thank you not only with words, but also with a renewed commitment to live lives that befit the cost of our freedom.

Listen to the 1st Prayer

Prayer- Lord as we look back and remember help us also to look forward and commit ourselves afresh to seek justice and peace, to work to build a society that is worthy of the sacrifices that have been made.
We ask a blessing on those for whom this year and its various anniversaries not only of the Second World War but of other conflicts have been special. Sustain them and give them peace. Remind them that the community stands behind them and holds them in prayer. We remember all casualties of conflict down through the years, and in more recent years those who have died as a result of terrorism or civil calamity.
Lord, give us the grace to remember them all – and to remember aright – looking forward as well as back, committing ourselves to working for a better society, a deep and lasting peace with justice for all. Heavenly Father, we acknowledge the love you have shown to us in Jesus your Son, whom you sent as a human being to live among us, to suffer, to lay down his life on the cross that we might be set free from sin, whom you raised to life and in whom you give us the promise of eternal life through faith.
We recall loved ones with a mixture of pride and pain, sorrow and thanksgiving. We offer you our thanks for those who have gone before us and who died that we might live in peace, freedom and justice. Help us to remember those who were lost, the many more wounded, those who were never the same, those whose loved ones never came home, or came home a different person. Lord may their sacrifice not be in vain.
Lord not all is connected with conflict. Thank you that Remembrance Sunday gives the community the opportunity to share each person’s pain and stand with them in their loss. Today, we pray for the people who have lost loved ones this year not least those who have been taken prematurely because of the awful pandemic that has swept across the globe and wreaked havoc among us. In acknowledging such loss we also applaud the devotion and service offered to their fellow human beings this year by heroes and heroines in uniform of many kinds and in none. Behind the masks and PPE there have been hearts of gold.
God of all grace and comfort draw near to all in need, grant them your consolation and love, light in the midst of darkness and hope in their suffering. Be near also to those who serve in places of danger in defence of our freedom and well being.
Bless, Lord God, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, her ministers and parliaments and all who serve in public life. Give them wisdom and integrity, a desire to do your will and to seek the common good. Lead them as they seek to direct the course of this country in these difficult days. Lead us in the paths of peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

Let us stand in silent prayer and remember those who have laid down their lives for us, the needs of peace in the world, and all who need God’s blessing.

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SILENCE
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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.
Listen to the 2nd Prayer

Prayer - Lord, we live in world torn apart by division and self-seeking, marred by hatred and greed.
We are a long way from a being a world fit for heroes. The ache of loss may lessen with the passing years yet at times the pain is all too vivid and fresh. We look back on more than a century of conflicts, especially this year 75 years on from the end of the Second World War.

Lord, we pray for those who have survived the conflicts yet scarred for the experience, those maimed in mind and body, those bereaved recently or long ago, those who harbour bitterness or hatred. Lord Jesus meet the needs of each. Bless the medical and support services around the country and those who still require their services, the work of the Royal British Legion particularly here in Scotland, Service charities and those who seek to help veterans integrate into civilian life, not forgetting the support of the general public. Help us to say “Thank you for your service” in word and action and commit ourselves to living to change things for a better world. And in this post Covid world help us to work better together in spite of all that divides, to foster community spirit, to promote care and service as traits to be encouraged and commended. Bless those in the frontline of care, testing and protection and those seeking vaccines; bless too those who rally round to care and support those in need. Be with us all in these difficult days and remind us you can be our help and strength, our hope for years to come.
Draw the nations of the world including our own closer to your Son Jesus Christ that his message of love and self-sacrifice may be heard and obeyed, and the power of the gospel may triumph and transform your world.

Hear our all our prayers for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Plan ahead – even take eternity into account
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Sermon https://youtu.be/gqB1dWdEDJs  
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Thought – Given the additional prayers and silence this week I will keep the thought very short
indeed. If you want more, the sermon is available on the church website or via the dial a reflection phone line. The passage reminds us that beyond all our present troubles and experiences there is a promise of heaven in Jesus. Remembering is important but it should always have a future element too. We remember those who gave their lives for us. But we also remember so that we can learn from the past, work towards a better future starting right now. We have to seek better ways of dealing with conflict, we need to collaborate so that more people may live in peace and freedom. But as Christians we can plan very long term too – our hope of heaven, of fellowship with God and others who love his Son should impact on how we live out our lives now – for good, for love, care and service. The past is important but better still if it helps us towards God’s future of hope in Christ Jesus. Amen.

We remember all those you need your loving touch and in our prayer walk this week rather than praying for a particular street we remember our Armed Forces.

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, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you (us) all and remain with you (us) always. Amen”