Remembrance Day 2013

PoppyToday, Wycombe saw another huge turnout for the Remembrance Service in All Saints High Wycombe. The church was packed and the sermon deeply moving, based as it was on the Chaplain’s direct experience in Afghanistan.

Traditionally, the MP leads prayers. This year, I modified those I inherited from Paul Goodman to those below. I also added prayer for the typhoon victims. The penultimate prayer was derived from those used daily in Parliament.

Let us give thanks for those who, in the day of decision, ventured their all for the peace, liberty and justice we now enjoy.

May we strive to preserve and extend freedom and justice in our nation, in Europe and in the world, and to safeguard the peace which was won at such cost.

May God give peace …

Let us remember before God those who suffer as a result of war:
The injured and the disabled,
The homeless and the hungry,
All who have lost their livelihood and security,
Those who mourn the loss of husband or wife, children or parents, friends and comrades,
And especially we pray for those who have no faith in God to sustain them in their grief.

May God give peace …

Let us pray for all men and women, that their hearts may be turned to God in the search for righteousness and truth;
That we may learn to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds and with all our strength,
That we may learn to love our neighbours, even our enemies, as ourselves,
So that we may live in peace.

May God give peace …

O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who from your throne beholds all the dwellers upon earth, grant to our Queen and her government, to members of Parliament, to councillors, officials and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals; but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed.

May God give peace …

Lord God our Father, grant our prayers in the power of your Spirit,
That as so many died for peace,
We may live for peace,
For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.



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