Monday, November 4, 2013

An Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday (10 November 2013)

remembrance Sunday
A Sunday for Peace
10 November 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn

‘Rise Up, O Saints of God’  Songs for a Gospel People #47

Introductory Responses

In the days to come
the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall tower as the highest of mountains
and be raised above the hills.
Nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into pruning-knives;
nation shall not lift sword against nation;
they shall never train for war again.
O people of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Hymn of Praise

‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’  Songs for a Gospel People #128


Let us pray.

O God,
it is you will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.
Let the design of your great love
shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows,
and give peace to your Church,
peace among nations,
peace in our homes
and peace in our hearts;
through your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

A Reading from Micah (4.1-5)

            In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills.  Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say:  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”  For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

            For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 85.8-13 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, help us to listen and follow your teachings.

8 I will listen to what you, Lord God, are saying, *
            for you are speaking peace to your faithful people
            and to those who turn their hearts to you.
9 Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, *
            that your glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
            righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
            and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us to listen and follow your teachings.

12 Lord, you will indeed grant prosperity, *
            and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before you, *
            and peace shall be a pathway for your feet.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us to listen and follow your teachings.

The Second Reading

A Readings from Ephesians (2.13-18)

            But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.  He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.  So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Gradual Hymn

‘Christus Paradox’  Songs for a Gospel People #64

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (5.38-48)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

            “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great commandment.

The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

Moment of Silence with ‘Last Post’

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘We Are Called to Follow Jesus’  Songs for a Gospel People #18

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of unfailing light,
in your realm of glory
the poor are blessed,
the hungry filled,
and every tear is wiped away.
Strengthened by this vision,
may we who offer these gifts
follow in the way of holiness
that your Son made known in life and death.  Amen.[i]

Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You exalted him as Lord of all creation
that he might present to you
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.
Therefore at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow
as heaven and earth proclaim the glory of your name.[ii]

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. [iii]

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:
Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.
You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We praise you for the grace shown to your people in every age:
the promise to Israel, the rescue from Egypt,
the gift of the promised land, the words of the prophets;
and, at this end of all the ages, the gift of your Son,
who proclaimed the good news in word and deed
and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup
we remember the life our Lord offered for us.
And, believing the witness of his resurrection,
we await his coming in power to share with us
the great and promised feast.
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,
that we who share in Christ’s body and blood
may live to the praise of your glory
and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest
until he comes as victorious Lord of all.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us 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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [v]

The Breaking of the Bread

God of promise,
you prepare a banquet for us in your reign of justice and peace.
Happy are those who are called
to the supper of the Lamb.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘O God of Love, O Power of Peace’  Songs for a Gospel People #32

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Bread of life,
you taught us to put away bitterness and anger,
and with tenderhearted kindness
to share the fruit of our labour with the needy.
Strengthen us by your grace,
that in communion with you,
we may forgive one another
and live in love as Christ loved us.  Amen. [vi]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘Walls That Divide’  Songs for a Gospel People #32


Go forth in the power of the Spirit to work for justice and peace.
Thanks be to God.

[i] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 226.

[ii] Preface for the Last Sunday after Pentecost:  The Reign of Christ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 223.

[iii] Common Praise #689.

[iv] Thanksgiving at the Table VI in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 66.

[v] Common Praise #744.

[vi] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 172.

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