A special service for Remembrance Sunday

Welcome to this special service for Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2020. Although we cannot gather together for the traditional services in Burstow, Horne and Outwood, we can in this way still hear the names on the Rolls of Honour read out and remember before God all those who have died amid the tragedy of war. You can take part in this service at any time you like, but should you wish to mark the two minutes’ silence at 11am, you should start to watch at 10.22am. The service is led by Revd Nicholas Calver

This service has been put together as a continuous film, so just click below to take part:

The hymn ‘All my hope on God is founded’ is sung
All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew;
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown, He alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
Sword and crown betray his trust;
What with care and toil he buildeth
Tow’r and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s pow’r, hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tow’r.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought;
Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore, from his store
New-born worlds rise and adore.

Still from earth to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

Introduction and Confession
We come to worship Almighty God, whose purposes are good. As we give thanks for his great works, we remember those who have lived and died in his service and in the service of others; we pray for all those who suffer through war and are in need; we ask for his help and blessing that we may do his will.

But first, let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its selfishness, its greed; its evil divisions and hatreds.
Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
and our failure to seek and establish that peace
which God wills for his world. 

Most merciful God,
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;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for Peace
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed; kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace; and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquillity your Kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of your love: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A reading from Micah 4: 1-4
By Ezme Owen-Howes

The Gospel reading from John 15: 9-13
By Nick Case-Green

A focus on three of the Fallen
from Burstow, Horne and Outwood

Revd Charles Sargent on Private Thomas Arthur Tullett,
buried in Burstow Churchyard

Revd Dr Tony Rich on Private Harry Budgen,
commemorated on Horne War Memorial

Revd Nicholas Calver on Flight Sergeant Peter Lowe,
buried in Outwood Churchyard

The hymn ‘O God, our help in ages past’ is sung
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

Beneath the shadow of thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
will bear us all away;
we fade and vanish, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guide while troubles last,
And our eternal home!

Let us remember before God all those who have died amid the tragedy of war; all those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; and all those who have lived and died in the service of mankind.

The rolls of honour of Outwood, Burstow and Horne are read
and wreaths are laid.

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. 

We will remember them.

When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.

Two minutes’ silence are kept

Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life:  hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The anthem is ‘For the Fallen’
Words by Lawrence Binyon, 1869-1943; music by Malcolm Archer, b. 1952.
Sung by the choir of St Mary’s, Horne on 11 November 2019

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,

And now let us pledge ourselves to the service of God and all mankind.

Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all people, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name.  Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.

Now let us join together to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom of peace in the words of the Lord’s Prayer:

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. Amen.

May God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, The Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord; and to us and all his servants, life everlasting; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come down upon you and remain with you always.  Amen.

The National Anthem is sung
God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save the Queen

Thy choicest gifts in store
on her be pleased to pour,
long may she reign:
may she defend our laws,
and ever give us cause
to sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen!

The organist for this service was Peter Nye.