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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

13 Nov 2021 • General news

Daniel 12. 1-3

In the third year of King Cyrus a word was revealed to Daniel. 1‘At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.’

Hebrews 10. 11-14, 19-25

11Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, 13and since then has been waiting ‘until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Mark 13. 1-8

1As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.’ 

Remembrance Thought

Remembrance Sunday is an extremely poignant day in the calendar. Despite the recent period of rest that Her Majesty the Queen has been asked to undertake, she was keen to be back ‘on duty’ for the Sunday Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, an indication of how important she views the day.

As I write this I have just returned from two assemblies at Whittle Academy at which the children were reminded of the importance of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and I was touched to hear them sing a simple song ‘We will remember’, actually the first song they had been able to sing together since March of last year.

We all know that in an ideal world there would be no need for war, but the reality of human life is that we do not live in an ideal world. Whether we like it or not wars seem to be a part of the human condition. This does not mean that we accept them. The loss of life which came from the First World War reminds us that all conflicts since are to be abhorred. Remembering has an important part to play in helping us not to accept the inevitability of war and to redouble our efforts to avoid conflict in the future.

Our readings today are not a great comfort to us. The passages from Daniel and Mark seem to accept the inevitability of war but there is the hope of a protector (in Daniel) and the birth of a new age (implicit in Mark).

As Christians we believe that in the person of Jesus we have a Saviour. As the one who laid down his life for each of us (his friends) he showed the greatest love for us all. This is the hope to which we cling whilst recalling the sacrifice of so many others whose loss of life has protected the way of life we value so dearly. The promise of eternal life through faith in Jesus is not to undervalued. It reminds us of the depth of God’s love for us and I believe gives us the encouragement to live for the way of life he would have us live.

Malcolm

Prayers, St Mary Walsgrave, Remembrance Day 14 November 2021 [prepared by Sue Morton]

Almighty God

We come to you on this day to remember the many people throughout time, all over the world and here in the UK, who have died and been injured in wars.

We come to you to remember

  • othe lessons of the past
  • othe cost of war, the price of peace
  • othe scope of human depravity, the extent of human sacrifice
  • oand the ongoing consequences of conflict and war to this very day.

Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer

Almighty God

Help us to learn those lessons

  • oto live and work for peace
  • oto fight only what is evil and corrupt
  • oto serve and not count the cost
  • oto give our all in the cause of a better world.

Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer

Almighty God

We pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces, the police, fire and ambulance services. Keep them safe.

We pray for children and young people growing up in violent surroundings whether caught up in places of war or living in homes of fear and deprivation.

In this time of pandemic, we pray for and give thanks for the NHS and care home staff.

We pray for the homeless on our streets here in Coventry.

We pray for refugees throughout the world.

Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer

Almighty God

We pray for a new awareness of the battleground within us

  • onew ways of channelling anger and aggression
  • oa new appreciation of the world as one community, like a family
  • onew ways of dialogue and negotiation
  • oa new readiness to forgive and reconcile our differences
  • oa renewed faith of love and peace, the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer

Almighty God

In this holy place we pray for those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit

  • ofor those who grieve
  • ofor those who are despairing or distraught
  • ofor those who have lost a purpose in life
  • ofor those whose memories are a burden rather than a delight.

Loving God

You have walked this way before us.

Your love ached at the unmarked grave of your son Jesus Christ.

You bore his agonising death.

And from it all, you have brought healing for broken hearts and hope for us all through your gift of eternal life.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen