Worship for Remembrance Sunday – 8th November

Preparing for worship – if possible, beginning at 10am

You’ll need a table, set with a piece of bread and a glass of wine or juice.

A cross.

A candle, lit on the table.

If you have a poppy or two, it would be good to include them today.

Though in our separate homes, we are gathered in the presence of God on this day of remembrance, to honour the sacrifice of those who defended our freedom, and to commit ourselves afresh to work for reconciliation between peoples and nations, that all may live in freedom, justice and peace.

HYMN (said, or sung to “Trumpet Tune”)

       This earth belongs to God

the world, it’s wealth and all its people;

he formed the waters wide

and fashioned every sea and shore.


Who may go up the hill of the Lord

and stand in the place of holiness?

Only the one whose heart is pure,

whose hands and lips are clean.


2      Lift high your heads, you gates,

rise up you everlasting doors,

as here now the King of Glory,

enters into full command.


Who is this King, the King of Glory,

where is the throne he comes to claim?

Christ is the King, the Lord of Glory,

fresh from his victory.


3      Lift high your heads, you gates

and fling wide open the ancient doors,

for here comes the King of Glory

taking universal power.


Who is the King, this King of Glory,

what is the power by which he reigns?

Christ is the King, his cross his Glory

and by love he reigns.


4      All Glory be to God the Father,

Son and Holy Spirit;

from ages past it was, is now

and evermore shall be!


“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”


Though each in our homes, we are together with all our sisters and brothers in the faith,

as we worship and give thanks. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.




Come Holy Spirt, fill the hearts of your faithful people,

And kindle in each of us the fire of your love.

Move, O Breath of God, over the waters of our confusion and fear,

Bringing life, renewing hope,

And turning our darkness into light.


As we wait in stillness,                    Come, Holy Spirit.

As we hear your word,                   Come, Holy Spirit.

As we long to be made new,          Come, Holy Spirit.


            We say the Song of New Creation


              O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.

              Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving and be glad in him with psalms.

       For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.

       In his hand are the depths of the earth and the heights of the mountains are his also.

       The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have moulded the dry land.

       Come, let us worship and bow down and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

       For he is our God; we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.




“Eye has not seen, nor has the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”


After a moment of quiet reflection, we confess our sins to God with this prayer;


Lord of love, you raise the dead to new life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord of compassion, you bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord of life, you make one by your Spirit all that is torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy.



Blessed are you, sovereign God, eternal Father; daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth, bringing strength in our weakness, hope in our despair, life in the midst of death. By that same power that raised Jesus from death, you forgive us our sins, you form us into the likeness of Christ and you fill us afresh with your grace, that we may be witnesses to your immeasurable love and the fullness of life that Jesus came to bring. Amen.


We say the Gloria, in the traditional words, or sing it in the Peruvian Gloria version below


     Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

     Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

     we worship you, we give you thanks,

     we praise you for your glory.


     Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

     you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;

     you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

     receive our prayer.


     For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

     you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

     in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Or sing                         Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.

To him be glory forever, Alleluia, amen                   (x3)


Glory to God, glory to God, Son of the Father.


Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.


THE COLLECT and the two readings for today are printed on the pewsheet


The first scripture reading. 1 Thessalonians 4.13-end


 At the end, there may be a short period of silence followed by this response:


For the word of the Lord.       Thanks be to God.


HYMN (said or sung)  

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim though this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through;
strong Deliverer, be thou still my Strength and Shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
bear me through the swelling current,
land me safe on Canaan’s side;
songs of praises, I will ever give to thee.


THE GOSPEL    John 15.9-17


Alleluia! Jesus said, “Though in the world you will have tribulation

Rejoice, for I have overcome the world.” Alleluia!


                        The Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end       for the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


REFLECTION     (on the website, attached to the email or, if printed, at the end)




We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.


We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.


We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.


We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.




Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of war and conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:


Lest we forget; Lord, hear us


O Lord, the giver of life, we remember all those who have died in the service of their country and for the cause of freedom and peace, in two world wars and in more recent conflicts, from this community, this nation and every nation; those whose memory we hold and treasure in our hearts, and those whose names are known to you alone; may they rest in peace and rise in glory.


Lest we forget; Lord, hear our prayer


O Lord, the giver of life, may your love break through where this earth has grown dark. May peace prevail over conflict, justice overcome tyranny and love cast out hate. May peace be our gift to the generations to come, peace among nations, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts.


Lest we forget; Lord, hear our prayer


O Lord, the giver of life, we pray for all who bear the burden and responsibilities of leadership. Bless Elizabeth our Queen and all in authority under her. Through your gifts of wisdom and compassion, may we learn to beat swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; to seek peace and pursue it.


Lest we forget; Lord, hear our prayer


O Lord, the giver of life, we pray for our life in this community. We call to mind the roll-call of over 200 men from Chippenham who fell in war. We remember with thankfulness the courage, sacrifice and resilience of those who endured war in this place and cared for the wounded and needy. May we be peacemakers in our age, and defend the freedom and integrity of all people, by our words and our actions.


Lest we forget; Lord, hear our prayer


O Lord, the giver of life, comfort all who, in bereavement, disability or pain, continue to bear the wounds of war. Bless the work of the Royal British Legion and all who support them. Grant that we who dwell secure through their courage, may be generous in caring for those who return to us injured in body, mind or spirit. Be close to the families of all who are on active service today, who pray for the safe return of their loved ones. Bring healing to us as we remember, and guide our steps into the way of peace.


Lest we forget; Lord, hear our prayer






Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”                John 14:27


May the peace of the Lord be always with us.

and with all our sisters and brothers, near and far.


We share a sign of peace with all people of faith throughout the world, by clasping our hands together and bowing our heads saying the word “Shalom”, peace.




HYMN         (tune: Dambusters’ March)


God is our strength and refuge, our present help in trouble;

and we therefore will not fear, though the earth should change!

though mountains shake and tremble, though swirling floods are raging,

God the Lord of hosts is with us ever more!


There is a flowing river, within God’s holy city;

God is in the midst of her – she shall not be moved!

God’s help is swiftly given, thrones vanish at his presence

God the Lord of hosts is with us ever more!


Come, see the works of our maker, learn of his deeds all powerful;

wars will cease across the world when he shatters the spear!

Be still and know your creator, exalt him in the nations

God the Lord of hosts is with us ever more!





Gracious God, we welcome your presence with us.  May the table at which we share, nourish our bodies, hearts and minds, and may our spirits be refreshed.  As we live in the light of your presence, with us now and at all times and places.  Amen.


Father, as we break bread together on this Day of Pentecost, we thank you that your promise is fulfilled as you pour out your Spirit upon us, leading us into all truth, and uniting us in faith.

Giving us power to live out your gospel, and to serve you as a royal priesthood.


Take and eat a piece of the bread. If you are with another, give the bread to each other. As you give and receive the bread, say this prayer:


As we break this bread, and as we share it, we thank you, God, that you give us this day our daily bread.

For the food which delights and nourishes us and for the companionship that sustains us as your people.


Drink a sip of the wine or juice. If you are with another, give the wine to each other. As you give and receive the wine, say this prayer:


We thank you for drink to quench our thirst and for the Living Water with which you surprise and enrich and transform our lives.

We give thanks for this feast at which all can share, though separated now. A foretaste of the kingdom of heaven. Amen.



                                                 As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:


        Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

        your kingdom come,

        your will be done on earth as in heaven.

        Give us today our daily bread.

        Forgive us our sins

        as we forgive those who sin against us.

        Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.


        For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                                                 now and forever.  Amen.




HYMN  (though it isn’t easy to sing, the words seem apt for our situation. You can find it on YouTube)


Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair

Lord, in our suffering, this is our prayer

Bread for the children, justice, joy, peace

Sunrise to sunset, your kingdom increase.



Shelter for fragile lives cure for our ills

Work for the craftsman, trade for their skills

Land for the dispossessed, rights for the weak

Voices to plead the cause of those who can’t speak


God of the poor, friend of the weak,

Give us compassion we pray.

Melt our cold hearts let tears fall like rain

Come, change our love from a spark to a flame!



Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams,

Plundered and poisoned, our future, our dreams

Lord, end our madness, carelessness, greed

Make us content with the things that we need

God of the poor…



Lighten our darkness, breathe on this flame

Until your justice burns brightly again.

Till all the nations learn of your ways,

Seek your salvation and bring you their praise

God of the poor…



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




                        Go forth into the world in peace;

be of good courage, hold fast to that which is good;

render no one evil for evil;

support the weak, help the afflicted;

love and serve the Lord;

and may the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with us all now and always. Amen




May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire on the day of Pentecost,

bring to all the world her gifts of love, joy and peace. Amen.


Alleluia! Let us go in the peace of Christ

                                    Thanks be to God, Alleluia!