November 8, 2020 ~ 10:30 am ~ Remembrance Sunday Leading and Supporting Worship Today Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming Scripture Reader Carol Clarke Sound Technician: John Hunter Featuring remembrance stories and reflections from various members of the Grace family. ~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics 1 We Join One Another to Worship God
PRELUDE Improvisation on a Hymn C. Burton
GREETING (2 Cor 13:14) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
WELCOME Remembrance Sunday Service. Instead of a sermon, some of the Grace family share stories and reflections on War, Peace and Remembrance. Remembrance day is a day that is more about peace than it is about war. It is ironic but true that people who go out to war, when they do so in the best of human intentions, go to war to fight for peace. They go to war so that the rest of us, hopefully, do not have to. And not just peace for us, but peace for “them” as well, whoever “they” are. True peace is never peace for just some, but peace for all.
CENTERING SCRIPTURE Let us center and set our intention in this time of worship with these words of Jesus from scripture: Matthew, chapter 5: verse 9… “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship
OPENING PRAYER (SUNG) Please join in our opening prayer, singing VU 684 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace 1. Make me a channel of your peace: where there is hatred, let me bring your love; where there is injury, your healing power, and where there's doubt, true faith in you: 2. Make me a channel of your peace: where there's despair in life, let me bring hope; where there is darkness, only light; and where there's sadness, ever joy. O Spirit, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul. 3. Make me a channel of your peace, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving to all that we receive, and in dying that we're born to eternal life.
REMEMBRANCE Family Stories Bonnie’s Hammond, Peter’s Armstrong, Marilyn Parkin
HYMN VU 678 For the Healing of the Nations 1. For the healing of the nations, God, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords. To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word. 2. Lead us forward into freedom, from despair your world release; that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase. 3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned: pride of status, race or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span. 4. You, Creator-God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind; that, by our response and service, earth its destiny may find. 2 God Speaks, We Listen
SCRIPTURE: A reading from Isaiah chapter 2: verse 4. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; 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.
REFLECTIONS on War Norine Baron, Ricardo Araujo Abbotts
PRAYER OF CONFESSION We have power, and sometimes we use it in ways that are not needed, ways that are destructive and not constructive. Let us confess to God the times we needlessly use power in destructive ways. In our needless destructive actions, forgive us. There are times when we have power that we could use to protect and care for ourselves or others, but out of fear, or uncertainty, or unknowing, or apathy, we do not use it. Let us confess to God the times we hold back from using our power that could protect and care for ourselves or others. In our harmful inaction, forgive us. At times we are not aware of the sacrifices that others have made on our behalf and not aware of the ways we benefit from sacrifices made by others. Let us confess to God our lack of appreciation that comes from a lack of awareness. In our unknowing, forgive us. brief silence God, your way is the way of the Christ, the way of peace. Forgive us our failure to be peacemakers. Help us to follow Jesus, and to find the balance that will use our power in ways you wish, in ways that seek peace. In ways that find peace.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE Jesus said, Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. Peace is not something we have to find or make from scratch. Peace is something given to us in the form of forgiveness. It is given to us to share. Christ has renewed us and forgiven us and sent us forth to share peace. Thanks be to God.
STORIES OF BEING THERE… Years After. Isabelle Hagerman Jim O’Brien
HYMN VU 526 Weep for the Dead 1. Weep for the dead. Let tears and silence tell of blood and battle, horror and renown. The years diminish, but do not dispel the pain of lives destroyed, and life laid down. 2. Silent the dead. Remembering we stand silent as they, for words cannot esteem causes of war, the love of native land, all that they were, and all they might have been. 3. Raising our flag, we stand with muffled drum, judged by the colours of God's love and loss, recalling as we pray, "Your kingdom come," a purple robe, and blood upon a cross. 4. Summoned by love that leaves no room for pride, we pray that every continent and isle, wounded by war, war's hate may lay aside, and find a way to heal and reconcile. 5. Weep for the dead, from all the ills of earth. Stand by the cross that bids all hatred cease. March to the drums of dignity and worth. Salute the King of Love, the Prince of Peace. Scripture Passage: A reading from the book of Amos chapter 5: verses 14-15. 14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15 Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
REMEMBRANCE DAY… Childhood Memories and Why Go to the Cenotaph? Shirley Woolner, Caroline Araujo-Abbotts We Remember… We honour the Remembrance Day tradition, remembering war and those who have died, to help us remember why we must ensure, never again. I
N FLANDERS FIELDS John McCrae
AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE (DS, alt.) Remember the men and women who have died in active service. And we remember their friends and family members who still feel deep grief. (a time of silence) Remember the men and women who still suffer the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wounds of war. And we remember those for whom depression and post-traumatic stress is a reality. (a time of silence) then to next page in congregation version: Remember the naval, army, and air force personnel who faced mortal danger. And we remember civilians, bombed, shelled, and driven from their homes, and refugees living in camps without hope of a new life. (a time of silence) Peace-loving God, while we commit ourselves to remembering, count us in when it comes to compassionate and practical support for those who suffer because of wars past and present. (a time of silence) We remember, and we act, because Jesus’ Spirit inspires us. Amen.
ACT OF REMEMBRANCE from For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon (VAC) 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. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. We will remember them.
* THE LAST POST Traditionally, the Last Post is played at the end of the day to signal lights out. In a commemorative service, it symbolizes death. (VAC)
* TWO MINUTES OF SILENCE
* ROUSE The Rouse is traditionally played to get soldiers out of bed, and is played during cenotaph ceremonies in the Commonwealth. For Christians it signifies our hope of the resurrection of the fallen. (W)
* O CANADA VU 524 O Canada 1. O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all of us command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North, strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. * PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST In a moment we will pass the peace. … realized offertory gives time to pass plate, not needed when online, but time needed to pass the peace, so Chris’s musical offering will be moved to passing the peace, and not during the offering. The spirit of peace and love abides in each of us. Let us share this spirit of peace and love with one another in the chat, or in whatever way we can. The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. MUSIC while we pass the peace. Little Litanies of Jesus G. Grovlez
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (5min I am thankful for, I hope) As you listen to the prayers of Grace family members, consider what you thank God for, and what, in hope, you ask God for, what you are hopeful for. Prayers offered by members of Grace family. And we pause for a moment to offer our own prayers. silence
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, VU 921) As a child who turns to a loving caregiver who watches over them, we turn in prayer to you, O God, who are our heavenly parent, our mother, Our Father, who art in Heaven…
OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering. INVITATION With an offering stone to honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering, let us pray: PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF For the work of bringing peace, we offer our remembrances and stories passed down to us. For the work of bringing peace, we offer our gifts of communication. For the work of bringing peace, we offer a portion of the material and financial gifts we have received. For the work of bringing peace we offer our church, ourselves, our love, our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Donate online: www.graceunitedthornbury.ca, select “Give”
HYMN VU 686 God of Grace and God of Glory 1. God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power; now fulfil your church's story; bring its bud to glorious flower. Grand us wisdom grant us courage, for the facing of this hour. 2. Lo, the hosts of evil round us scorn your Christ, assail your ways; fears and doubts too long have bound us; free our hearts to work and praise. Grant us wisdom grant us courage, for the living of these days. 3. Cure your children's warring madness, bend our pride to your control; shame our wanton selfish gladness, rich in goods and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss your kingdom's goal. 4. Set our feet on lofty places, gird our lives that they may be armoured with all Christlike graces, pledged to set all captives free. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, that we fail not them nor thee.
SENDING Remember and Go. Remember what we have heard and shared here today. And may it inspire you to the motto of Remembrance Day. We have known war, we know war, let us live into God’s dream about war, the dream of millions who have fought and lived or died: No more war. Never again. Remember and go. Go! And in the name of the God who is peace, go offering peace. Go! And in the name of the Christ who makes all things new, go making peace. Go! And in the name of the Spirit who is the lamp of wisdom, go shine a light on peace. As disciples of Christ, this is our calling, and our task. Go… in… peace.
SUNG BLESSING Go Now in Peace Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true, Know God will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there, * within, around, above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love. Amen, amen, amen. * alternate words: watching from above
POSTLUDE Consolation F. Liszt
COFFEE HOUR Join us via Zoom for community time. The Zoom Link was sent in the eblast.
LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission: - Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Offering Prayer, Sending written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020 - Act of Remembrance from Gathering, Pentecost 2 2017, p 48. Written by David Sparks,
HYMNS - “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.” Words: attr. to St. Francis 1220 Music: Sebastian Temple 1967, arr. Betty Pulkingham 1976 Music copyright 1968 Franciscan Communications Centr. Used by permission, One License #608577 - “For the Healing of the Nations.” Words: Fred Kaan 1965 Music: Henry Purcell ca. 1682; desc. Darryl Nixon 1986 Words copyright 1968 Hope Publishing Company Descant copyright 1987 Songs for a Gospel People Used by permission, One License #608577 - “O Canada.” Words: Robert Stanley Weir 1908 Music: melody Calixa Lavallée ca. 1880 arr. C. Burton - “God of Grace and God of Glory.” Words: Harry Emerson Fosdick 1930, alt. Music: John Huges 1905 Used by permission, One License #608577 - “Weep for the Dead.” Words Brian Wren ©1989 Hope Publishing Company Used by permission, One License #608577. Music Charles Harris, Public Domain. - “Go Now in Peace.” Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. © 1988 Harold Flammer Music, Inc. Alternate words used with permission. Reproduced with permission, One License, #608577.
SCRIPTURE PASSAGES from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
INFORMATION SOURCES in Bulletin: (VAC) Veteran Affairs Canada: A Guide to Commemorative Services. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/public/pages/feature/vetweek/comm_guide/CommGuide_e.pdf, accessed Nov. 7, 2013 (W) Wikipedia: The Rouse www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rouse, accessed Nov. 7, 2013