A special service for All Souls Day

Welcome to this special service for All Souls Day, a day for remembering all those we love but see no longer. In this service the names of all those whose funerals have been associated with the three churches of the benefice over the past three years, are read out, together with other names that people have asked to be included. After the names have been read, there is a piece of organ music during which you may like to light a candle at home to remember someone you love, whether their name has been read out or not. Or you may just like to sit quietly and remember. The service is led by Revd Nicholas Calver

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I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The hymn ‘The Lord’s my shepherd’ is sung

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in You alone,
and I will trust in You alone,
for Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.

He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.

And I will trust in You alone,
and I will trust in You alone,
for Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
are the comfort I need to know.

And I will trust in You alone,
and I will trust in You alone,
for Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.

A reading of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11
by Kay Hammond

by Revd Nicholas Calver

Let us pray.

Hear us, O merciful Father, as we remember in love those whom we have placed in your hands. Enfold them in the arms of your mercy in the blessed rest of everlasting peace and in the glorious company of the saints in light.

The names of the departed are read out.

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Amen

The organ plays
Air by S Wesley

While the organ plays, whether you are in church or at home, you may like to like to light a candle – a symbol of light, of life and of love – as a prayer for the person or persons you are remembering. Or you may just like to sit and remember

Let us pray with confidence to God our Father, who raised Christ his Son from the dead for the salvation of all. In our grief, but also in thankfulness, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

The hymn ‘The day thou gavest’ is sung

The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank Thee that thy church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun, that bids us rest, is waking
Our brethren ‘neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it Lord: thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires pass away;
Thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all thy creatures own thy sway.

The final blessing
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon and give you peace. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and all those whom you love, this day and always. Amen.

The hymns were recorded at previous services at St Mary the Virgin, Horne. The organ music was recorded at Horne specially for this service.
Organist: Peter Nye