Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
10 November 2019
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome & Intimations
When the Guns Fall Silent (Video)
At the 11th Hour
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent on the Western Front, to bring to an end the First World War. Our nation and commonwealth has recalled that moment through our Armistice and Remembrance events down the decades, decades during which the men and women of our armed services have continued to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
And so just over 100 years later, we stand here today to remember lives sacrificed in the service of our Country, and those traumatised and injured in conflict. May we have such a devotion to justice and freedom that the heroism of all who fought, and still fight, may continue to be remembered in a nation of service and in a world of peace.
We Wear a Poppy
On Remembrance Day
And at eleven
We stand and pray.
Wreaths are put
Upon a grave,
As we remember
Our soldiers brave.
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, we come to you this day in humbleness and reflection, as we seek to worship you while remembering the sacrifice of those who served, and who painfully bore the brunt of war and conflict. Which is why seek you, and ask that you help us to understand and learn from history, and to grasp the suffering and hurt endured by those at war, and the sense of loss and anguish of those at home. Grant that we would rejoice in the freedom and peace in which we now live, and that as people and nations we would work toward reconciliation and peace, in the hope of ending the world’s on-going conflicts.
We also ask that in the midst of this, that we would remember the sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension of your Son, and grasp the significance of that in light of His suffering and pain on our behalf. Then send your Holy Spirit and fill us, and our world, with a Christ-like gentleness, humility, and willingness to forgive. Empty our hearts and minds of the fear that leads to intolerance and selfishness, and instead grant that we would be generous in spirit, charitable at heart, and hospitable in mind, as we seek to remember the sacrifice of others, and to reach out to the world around us with the Gospel.
We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ our Saviour, amen.
Silence Preparation for Worship
Opening Hymn: CH4 – 173 Sing to God New Songs of Worship** (Ode to Joy hymn tune)
Prayer of Adoration
Doxology (CH4-807**) and Presentation of the Offering
Hymn: CH4 – 702 Lord, In Love and Perfect Wisdom** (Blaenwern hymn tune)
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 46
New Testament Reading: Matthew 8:5-13
Hymn: CH4 – 706 For the Healing of the Nations** (Cwm Rhondda tune)
In Flanders Field
In Flanders fields,
the poppies grown between the crosses row on row, that mark our places;
and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, faly scarce heard amongst the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago we lived,
felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved,
and now we lie in Flanders fields.
Take up your quarrel with the foe;
to you from failing hands we throw the torch;be yours high to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in flanders field.
I Have a Little Poppy
"I have a little poppy, as red as can be
To show that I remember those who fought to make me free"
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.
The Last Post
Hymn: CH4 – 260 Eternal Father Strong to Save** (Armed Forces lyrics)
Prayer of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 704 I Vow to Thee My Country** (Thaxted hymn tune)
Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.
Benediction: 1 John 5:20**
CH4 – 786 May the God of Peace Go With Us**
Eternal Father Strong to Save (Armed Forces lyrics)
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain
O'er which our traffic runs amain
By mountain pass or valley low;
Wherever, Lord, thy brethren go,
Protect them by thy guarding hand
From every peril on the land.
O Spirit, whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament;
O Wind of heaven, by thy might
Save all who dare the eagle's flight,
And keep them by thy watchful care
From every peril in the air.
O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them whereso'er they go,
Thus evermore shall rise to thee
Glad praise from air and land and sea.