On this Remembrance Sunday, and throughout the coming week, please pray:
Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Common Worship: Times and Seasons
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God of peace, we come before you today in sorrow, in gratitude and in hope. We grieve for those who have died in war, for those who have been injured in body, mind and spirit, and for those who have been bereaved.
More than 100 years after the end of the Great War, we acknowledge again the failures that led to that war, and the failures that followed it. We acknowledge the flaws in the human heart that have led us too often to choose the path of violence instead of the way of peace. We grieve for the millions of lives lost or ruined because of human sinfulness. We acknowledge our debt to those who fought for us and paid the price for our freedom with their life, their grief or their sanity. We thank you for their courage and their devotion to their comrades and their country. And we thank you for those who did not fight: for women who served at home or in factories, farms, transport, offices and hospitals, and for those conscientious objectors who witnessed to peace, often at great personal cost. We thank you for the Christian teaching that warfare is not your desire for the world; that peace between peoples and nations is possible; and that one day you will wipe every tear from every eye and make all things new. Amen.
God of new beginnings, we pray for places where conflict has lasted too long, where peace-making has failed in the face of human pride, greed and fear. May the old order pass away and a new world come to be, in which the fear of violence is history. May your kingdom come and your will be done: on earth as in heaven.
God of healing, we pray for the broken-hearted: those who are scarred by the things they have done, or the things that have been done to them. We long for an end to mourning, crying and pain, when every tear shall be wiped away. May we, your people, learn to be comforters of the comfortless. May your kingdom come and your will be done: on earth as in heaven.
God of peace, we pray for peacemakers: for those who refuse to accept that violence is necessary, whose work is hardly noticed and who win no medals. We thank you for the vision of a world where swords are beaten into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks, and no one harms or destroys anyone. Teach us to love peace, we pray. May your kingdom come and your will be done: on earth as in heaven.
God who says, ‘I am making everything new’, we pray that you will renew us. Give us hope in your future when the world is dark; give us confidence in your truth when we’re tempted to doubt; give us joy in your presence when we feel we’re alone. May your kingdom come and your will be done: on earth as in heaven.
Lord, for ourselves, and for all those who need our prayers today we pray for peace in our world, peace in our nation, peace in our community, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. May your kingdom come and your will be done: on earth as in heaven.
Bible Society/David Orsborne
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