Document 6442646


Document 6442646
SUNDAY 11 november 2007
As we gather, music is played to prepare us for worship, followed by silence.
A welcome and some introductory notices are given.
Remembrance Sunday
3 Before Advent
President : Revd Canon Adrian Alker
Assistants : Revd Sue Hobley, Mr Michael Burn
Preacher: Prof John Dominic Crossan
Induction loop please turn your
hearing aid to the T
setting. Please switch
off mobile phones.
Welcome to St Marks and today we particularly welcome Dominic Crossan
as our preacher. There will be a short act of remembrance to conclude
today’s service. We hope you will stay for tea or coffee after the service. All
baptised people including children are invited to receive communion. Please
indicate at the rail if you require a gluten free wafer.
Organ voluntary: Nimrod (Variations Op.36) Elgar, arr. W.H. Harris (we
begin a time of silence once the voluntary has begun)
All sing : Taize chants : My peace I leave you, my peace I give you: trouble
not your hearts, my peace I leave you, my peace, I give you: Be not afraid.
Within our darkest night (562 in the hymn book)
A minister greets the congregation
The Peace
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members
of one body we are called to peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you
Opening Hymn : 139 For the healing of the nations
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
All Ever loving God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our
hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love
you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.
We sing the Gloria, one of the oldest hymns to the Trinity – Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, from the early Church
Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, patri et filio
Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, spiritui sancto
Collect :
Spirit of truth ad judgement,
who alone can exorcize the powers that grip our world:
at the point of crisis give us your discernment,
that we may accurately name what is evil,
and know the way that leads to peace,
through Jesus Christ, Amen. (Janet Morley, All Desires Known)
Old Testament reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.1–5, 13–17
read by Roy Godden
1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our being gathered together to him,
we beg you, brothers and sisters,
2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed,
either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us,
to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way;
for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first
and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.
4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god
or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God,
declaring himself to be God.
5 Do you not remember that I told you these things
when I was still with you?
13 But we must always give thanks to God for you,
brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord,
because God chose you as the first fruits
for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit
and through belief in the truth.
14 For this purpose he called you
through our proclamation of the good news,
so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers and sisters,
stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us,
either by word of mouth or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved
us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,
17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
At the end of the reading(s) the reader says:
How is this the Word of the Lord for us today?
Gradual hymn : 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, amd 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.
Brian Wren (born 1936)
© 1989 Stainer & Bell Ltd
Original version completed August 1987, revised 1988. Dedicated to my parents.
Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 294846
Gospel : Luke 20. 27 - 38
When it is announced
All : Glory to you, O Lord
27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection,
came to Jesus, and asked him a question,
28 ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies,
leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow
and raise up children for his brother.
29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless;
30 then the second
31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.
32 Finally the woman also died.
33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be?
For the seven had married her.’
34 Jesus said to them,
‘Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage;
35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age
and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in
36 Indeed they cannot die any more, because they are like angels and are
children of God, being children of the resurrection.
37 And the fact that the dead are raised
Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush,
where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them
are alive.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord All : Praise to you, O Christ
The Prayers of Intercession led by Michael Burn
The response to in faith we pray is we pray to you our God
Ending with God of love,
Hear our prayer and make us one in heart and mind to
serve you with joy for ever. Amen
Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We confess that we have sinned in thought,
word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been,
Help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be;
That we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you,
our God. Amen
THE OFFERTORY A collection is now taken for the work of the church.
If you are a taxpayer, please place your gift in the yellow envelope and write
your name etc on the envelope. Bread and wine are brought up.
Offertory Hymn : Eternal God before whose face we stand
Eternal God, before whose face we stand,
your earthly children, fashioned by your hand,
hear and behold us, for to you alone
all hearts are open, all our longings known:
so for our world and for ourselves we pray
the gift of peace, O Lord, in this our day.
We come with grief, with thankfulness and pride,
to hold in honour those who served and died;
we bring our hurt, our loneliness and loss,
to him who hung forsaken on the cross;
who, for our peace, our pains and sorrows bore,
and with the Father lives for evermore.
O Prince of peace, who gave for us your life,
look down in pity on our sin and strife.
May this remembrance move our hearts to build
a peace enduring, and a hope fulfilled,
when every flag of tyranny is furled
and wars at last shall cease in all the world.
From earth's long tale of suffering here below
we pray the fragile flower of peace may grow,
till cloud and darkness vanish from our skies
to see the Sun of Righteousness arise.
When night is past and peace shall banish pain,
all shall be well, in God's eternal reign.
Written on request for the Remembrance Sunday Service in Winchester Cathedral,
November 1999
Timothy Dudley-Smith (born 1926) © administered by Oxford University Press in
Europe Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 294846
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation
Through your goodness we have this bread and wine to offer,
Which the earth has given and human hands have made.
They will become our spiritual food and drink.
Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
O Eternal Wisdom, we praise you and give you thanks,
because the beauty of death could not contain you.
You broke forth from the comfort of the grave;
before you the stone was moved,
and the tomb of our world was opened wide.
For on this day you were raised in power
and revealed yourself to women as a beloved stranger,
offering for the rituals of the dead
the terror of new life and of desire fulfilled.
Therefore, with the woman who gave you birth,
the women who befriended you and fed you,
who argued with you and touched you,
the woman who anointed you for death,
the women who met you, risen from the dead,
and with all your lovers, men and women, throughout the ages,
we praise you, saying
Holy, holy, holy, resurrection God,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory;
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God;
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is our brother Jesus, who walks with us the road of our grief,
and is known again in the breaking of bread;
who, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said:
‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this to remember me.’
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying:
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this whenever you drink it, to remember me.’
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Come now, disturbing spirit of our God,
breathe on these bodily things and make us one body in Christ.
Open our graves, unbind our eyes, and name us here;
touch and heal all that has been buried in us, that we need not cling to our
pain, but may go forth with power to release resurrection in the world.
(Janet Morley)
The children may join us and we say together ;
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.
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
All those of any Christian denomination are invited to come to the altar rails
to receive communion and anyone is welcomed to receive a blessing.
The Universal Prayer for Peace
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Notices followed by a time with the children
Act of Remembrance, led by Prof. John Roach
They shall not grow 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
Two minutes silence
Hymn : 366 O God, our help in ages past
Closing responses—we face the back of the church
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord All In the name of Christ Amen.
Organ voluntary: Prelude in C minor, BWV 546 J.S. Bach