Thursday, 7 November 2013

A simple Remembrance Communion

Opening Prayer
We come to remember those whose lives have been taken and given in wars and conflicts,
Those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice; those who serve today and for those whose lives have been broken and marred by war.

We come to pray for peace and justice throughout the war and,
in broken bread and wine outpoured,
Look to the healing of the nations through Christ,
The King of peace. Amen.

Confession and Absolution
Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world:
its pride, its selfishness, its greed; its evil distortions 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.

Father God, we come to you aware of all that we have done that hurts others,
We acknowledge our wrong doings and are truly sorry for them.
Help us to change what we do and live as you would have us live.
Now and all the days of our life.  Amen.

God, the source of love and grace forgive you,

Free you from your sins,
Heal and strengthen you by His Spirit,
And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace 
Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace. 
The peace of the Lord be always with you 
And also with you 
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.



Confident of our forgiveness and relationship with God let us declare our faith in Him:
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.

Micah 4: 1-8
In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills,and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine  and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. "In that day," declares the LORD,  "I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. As for you, O watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.
This is the word of the Lord    Thanks be to God

Romans 8:31-end What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:  "For your sake we face death all day long;  we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is the word of the Lord        Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (6.20-31)
Glory to you, O Lord.
Looking at his disciples, he said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
 Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you
 and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
 Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
 Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors 
 treated the false prophets.
‘But to you who are listening I say:
 love your enemies,  do good to those who hate you, 
 bless those who curse you,  pray for those who ill-treat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. 
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This is the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you O Christ


Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, Accept these prayers for the sake of your son,
Our saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The  Eucharist
Jesus said: I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger,
and all who believe in me shall not thirst.

With Christians around the world and throughout the centuries,
we gather around bread and wine - simple elements that speak of Sacrifice and Love.

Loving God, we thank you that your love is constant and unfailing.
As we eat and drink, change and teach us live lives of justice and peace
That we might become like Jesus, the Christ, in all we do,
and become partakers in His life, death and resurrection.
We give thanks for this bread and this cup.
Through this meal you make us the body of Christ,
A people who bear His name and live in His love.  Amen.

We remember that night when Jesus and the disciples had their last meal together, 
where Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and gave it to the disciples, saying: 
“This is my body, which is broken for you. 
Take and eat it, and as often as you do, remember me.”
In the broken bread, we remember the broken body Christ - given as a sacrifice for us.

At the end of the meal He took the cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to the disciples, saying:
‘Drink this, all of you.  This cup is the new covenant, poured out for you and for many. 
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
In the cup, we remember the blood that was shed for our freedom

And as our Saviour has 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 for ever.  Amen.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,
We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which He gave for you, and his blood which He shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Most merciful Lord,  Your love compels us to come in.
Our hands were unclean, our hearts were unprepared;
We were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table.
But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,
And share your bread with sinners.
So cleanse and feed us with the precious body and blood of your Son,
That he may live in us and we in him;
And that we, with the whole company of Christ,
May sit and eat in your kingdom.  Amen.

Post Communion
We give thanks, loving God, that you have refreshed us at your table.
Strengthen our faith; increase our love for one another.

We give you thanks for the promise of eternity you have given to your saints;
Help us to follow their example that, strengthened by their fellowship,
we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
and with them receive the unfading crown of glory. 
May we who have shared at this table as strangers and pilgrims here on earth
be welcomed with all your saints to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Dismissal and Blessing
May God give to you and to all those whom you love
his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy,
in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty,
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with you now and always. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Wherever in the service 11:00  occurs the following may be inserted to complete the communion as an act of Remembrance. Timings are:

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. 

10:58:20  LAST POST

11:00 SILENCE   one or two minutes - followed by:


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

Wreath laying or lighting of candle or remembrance if no internal war memorial or Tablet

Note. Tracks for  Last post and silence can be found at Remembrance Resources

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