Come to worship the Eternal One.
We come to worship God.
Come in peace to reconcile with enemies and pray for justice.
We come to worship God
Come & find life in its fullness, plenty & abundance in the Kingdom of God.
We come to worship God.
Hymn 715 – Behold the Mountain of the Lord
Prayers of adoration and confession
Eternal One we come to sing a new song before You; we tell of Your wonders which You have wrought amongst us. We seek, O Most Holy, to make a joyful noise in Your presence, and with the earth to sing to you, our Creator.
With the streams we clap our hands in praise,
with the hills we skip for joy before You. Our hearts rejoice as we bring You our praises, O God.
Yet in our praises we know that we’ve failed to live as You command. Yet in our joy we feel shame as we know we’ve chosen hate not love. Yet in our singing we know that our world chooses war not peace. We know that as we worship, You search our hearts, that as we pray You come to judge Your people, to chastise and redeem, forgive and reform.
So give us grace Eternal One to accept the forgiveness You offer. Give us time, God of grace, to change our ways. Give us hope, O Most High, that we can learn from Your judgements. Amen
Will the congregation please stand, if you are able
Let us remember the courage, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice of the men and women of the armed forces and the toil, endurance and suffering of those who were not in uniform.
Let us remember those who fell in battle, those buried at sea or in some corner of a foreign field; and especially those we have known and loved, whose place is forever in our hearts.
Let us remember those who were our enemies, whose homes and hearts are as bereft as ours.
Let us remember those who came back; those whose lives bear the scars of war; who have lost sight or limbs or reason; who have lost faith in God and hope for humanity.
Let us remember the continuing grace of God, whose love holds all souls in life, and to whom none is dead but all are alive for ever.
They shall grow not 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 shall remember them.
Readings –Micah 4: 1-8
Luke 1: 68-79
Hymn 161 – O God our help in ages past
Almighty God and heavenly Father, we pray that you will teach us your ways and guide our feet into the path of peace.
We remember 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
Prayers of Dedication & Intercession
Eternal One, long ago you called us to be heralds of your coming kingdom, to show by our lives and our loves, our talents and our treasure,
your values of love and justice, where all are valued, where none are deprived and where those who are first are made to wait.
Bless these gifts of money that we may use them wisely and widely, that your kingdom may come.
Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; may 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
for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; may God give peace.
for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; may God give peace.
for peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; may God give peace.
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
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.
Hymn 710 – I have a dream, a man once said
Let us go from this place with minds that never forget, with hearts that grow in hope, with lives that shine Christ’s light and the blessing of God, Creator, Peacemaker and Peacebringer be with you, now and always. Amen.
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