Remembrance Sunday

Prayers to use together

Opening Prayer

Eternal God, as poppies sway in the breeze and their seeds are scattered, so, as we wear these poppies of remembrance, may your refreshing Spirit breathe through us, freeing seeds of peace and hope, compassion and kindness, justice and love for all creation. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, when we glory in power and not in humility. Forgive us and grant us your peace. When we glory in satisfaction and not service Forgive us and grant us your peace. When are hearts are at war with your will for our lives Forgive us and grant us your peace. When we are reluctant to plant the seeds of our plenty in the soil of the needs of others. Forgive us and grant us your peace. In Jesus name we pray Amen.

Intercessions

As we remember those who have died in past wars, so we pray too for those still dying today.... and for those who grieve.....

All: God of the past be our future peace

We remember those living in countries where civil war is destroying communities and making enemies of neighbours, where fear and violence dominate every aspect of daily living......

All: God of today be our future peace

We remember those who have been injured and traumatised by the brutality of war , especially those robbed of their childhood by what they have seen or been forced to do ....

All: God of tomorrow be our future peace.

We remember those who are peacemakers, those who negotiate, those who speak out at great cost to themselves and their families.....

All: God of the future, be our eternal peace.Amen.

 

 

 

A prayer of Commitment

In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace

Will you comfort those who long for peace in their hearts we will

Will you support those who long for peace in their families we will

Will you visit those who long for peace in their homes, we will

Will you pray with those who long for peace in their church we will

Will you work with those who long for peace in their communities we will

Will you speak out for those who long for peace in their nation we will

In Jesus name we will.

Amen

 

Sending Out Prayer

Plant seeds of peace wherever your journey takes you and bless others as you have been blessed. Speak no words that would wound. Withhold nothing that can be shared and pray always for peace. And may God the Father be your strength. Jesus the Son be your inspiration and the Holy Spirit be your guide this Remembrance Sunday and always Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Fawkes Night

Start outside light Sparklers together and say

As we light our Sparklers and make patterns of fire and light so we pray: As a spark becomes a flame so may our prayers live. As the sparks dance freely, so may we let go of all that holds us back. As air intensifies the hunger of fire, so may our knowledge of the fleetingness of time, breathe new urgency into our love of life. May the memories of the past and the hope of the future combine to bless our todays And may we never forget to play! In Jesus name Amen.

 

Then come inside and have a simple meal together - light a candle and pray

Gracious God on this bonfire night we remember the tragedy of Guy Fawkes and pray for your church throughout the world

We pray for those tempted to violence to further their cause – we pray for peace and reconciliation where there is hatred and division

We give thanks for opportunities for communities to come together around sharedbonfires and pray for places where neighbours are strangers and many are lonely.

We give thanks for any memories we have of fireworks nights that have been fun and pray for all children today wherever they may be, especially those denied the freedom to play. Amen.

 

 

Reading: Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him saying: “ If you are the Christ save yourself and us” But the other one answering rebuked him saying: “Do you not even fear God seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly fro we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong” then he said to Jesus: “Lord, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom” And Jesus said to him: “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” Luke 23 39 – 42

Questions to mull together

What memories have stirred in you lately?

What place does memory have in our spiritual lives and why do we value the liturgical cycle and seasons?

How can collective memories still influence and divide communities to day? How can they heal?

Is it important for faith communities to maintain a collective memory?

Final Blessing

Go in peace and may God's love light up the sky of your life, healing memories that have hurt you and giving you the confidence to go forward in hope and trust every day of your life Amen.

 

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sarah | Reply 08.11.2013 10.40

Thank you for your timely seasonal prayers and reflections. Wonderful way to start the day ! sarah

Anne B | Reply 05.11.2013 09.35

Hello Lynne, I've just caught up with your blogs - Sparklers and Remembering. Your work makes me smile, remember and feel blessed. Thank you.

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