Remembrance Day

Resources for Remembrance Day
(see also resources for ANZAC Day)

Iona/Wild Goose Publications here (downloads)

For those whom we have asked
to bear the horror of our violence
we offer our prayers
of thanks for their willingness
to stand between us and our fears,
for forgiveness for having asked them,
of healing for the damage to their souls
by what they have done and seen,
for mercy for them who don’t know
how to carry the horror back to us,
how to shed the darkness
we have asked them to drink,
how to live among us, who are so willing
to sacrifice our children.
May we give others peace to bear, not fear,
healing to carry, not weapons,
and send them into blessing, not danger.
May we, too, have the courage to serve,
to risk, to give our lives in love
for the sake of our homeland,
which is the Kingdom of God,
the whole human family,
in the spirit of peace. Amen.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes,

UCA 2014 Remembrance Day resources

Remembrance Day youtube resource (3.21 mins) – prayer meditation

Prayer for Remembrance Day
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. God give peace.

Remembrance Day service – liturgy prepared for UK

Prayer (based on lines from CH4 161, possibly spoken by different voices)
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come:
We have gathered in remembrance of days long gone,
lives long given up, telegrams long since read;
and to continue remembering through the generations,
confident that your faithfulness lasts for ever.
Under the shadow of thy throne your saints have dwelt secure:
We come before you, this day, Lord:
recognising that guns have, in the past, fallen silent;
that agreements were reached and led to peace;
that your present Word to us is one of Life and peace.
Sufficient is your arm alone, and our defence is sure:
Help us to put our trust in you, God come among humankind that we may see in all people your image, that we may follow Christ’s way of serving,
that in your security we may risk much for peace.
From everlasting you are God, to endless years the same:
Enable us to discern your way to peaceful living,
to strive against violence to people and to planet,
to struggle for justice for all on this earth,
and to combat all that works against your purposes of peace.
Lord, be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home:
Keep us from seeing in violence the answer to deeper ills, Embed within us a vision of earth more like heaven and give us confidence that your kingdom shall prevail through Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen!
(Source: Starters for Sunday, Church of Scotland)

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 family, friends
and all who pray for their safe return;
may God give peace. 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. God give peace.

For peacemakers and peacekeepers,
who seek to keep this world secure and free;
may God give peace. 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. 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. (At this point the Lord’s Prayer may be said)
from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), “All Saints to Advent.” Copyright 2000 © The Archbishops’ Council. Posted on the Church of England website.

For all whose lives have been taken by war,
grant your mercy O God.
For soldiers, civilians, those wounded and neglected,
grant your mercy, O God.
For earth despoiled and living beings sacrificed,
grant your mercy, O God.
For our glorification of war and violence
and our willingness to hurt others
to defend ourselves,
grant your mercy, O God.
We give thanks for your beloved
whom we have sacrificed;
we ask blessing for their loved ones,
confess our need for your grace,
and pray for the redemption of society.
Spirit of compassion and gentleness,
in the name of the One who was sacrificed,
save us by your grace,
and grant us your mercy.
(Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

Prayer of remembrance (originally for 9/11 but can be adapted for Remembrance Day)
May all of us remember with love and compassion this day.
May we grieve with those who still mourn,
And share memories with those who cannot forget.
May we draw strength from those who bravely responded,
And gave their lives to save others.
May we stand with strangers who became neighbours that day,
And remember their generosity and hospitality.
Above all God may we remember your faithfulness
And learn to trust in your unfailing love. Amen.
Christine Sine

God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy,
We remember those who in time of war faithfully service their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war any more.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
Adapted From A Prayer Book for Australia page 204
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Prayer of the day
O God, our ruler and guide,
In whose hands are the destinies of this and every nation,
We give you thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in this land
And for those who laid down their lives to defend them:
We pray that we and all the people of Australia,
Gratefully remembering their courage and their sacrifice,
May have the grace to live in a spirit of justice, of generosity, and of peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen
Adapted from A Prayer Book for Australia page 628

A Uniting Church order of service for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Music

A simple order of service for Remembrance Day
(Note: Flags should be half mast for the entire morning until the rouse is sounded)

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead and called it Armistice Day.
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead. Today we continue in that tradition as we not only commemorate those who died in past conflicts, but we also think of our Defence Force members presently serving on active operations in various parts of the world.

John 15:12-13 – Jesus said, “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.”

O God, our ruler and guide,
In whose hands are the destinies of this and every nation,
We give you thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in this land
And for those who laid down their lives to defend them:
We pray that we and all the people of Australia,
Gratefully remembering their courage and their sacrifice,
May have grace to live in a spirit of justice,
Of generosity, and of peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. AMEN

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. Lest we forget.

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1100 Sound the Alert (one whistle blast)

1100 2 Minute silence

1102 Rouse/ Hoist flags

Go forth into the world in peace;
Be of good courage;
Hold fast that which is good;
Render to no one evil for evil;
Strengthen the faint hearted; support the weak;
Help the afflicted;
Give honour to all; love and serve the Lord,
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
And the blessing of God almighty,
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Be among you and remain with you always. Amen

Remembrance Day Multimedia Presentation
This is a reflection based on the poem In Flanders Fields. Suitable for use amongst young people – such as a school assembly setting.

Resources for Remembrance Sunday

Interesting read here.


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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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