A Liturgy for VE Day

Gathering

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Amen

Heaviness may endure for a night:
All But joy comes in the morning.

God has been our refuge and our strength:
All A present help in time of trouble.

Dear friends, on this day we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, when the sounds of war fell silent on this continent.

We come together conscious of our need for God’s forgiveness for the sin and the desire to dominate others that leads to conflict between people, and war between nations.

And as we remember the many soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians who gave their lives restraining evil and opposing tyranny, so we also come in thanksgiving for the years of peace and co-operation that the nations of Europe have enjoyed since the Second World War.

Let us pray that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven, as we join our voices together and say:

All Our Father…

Readings

Hedd Wyn – Rhyfel

Gwae fi fy myw mewn oes mor ddreng,
A Duw ar drai ar orwel pell;
O’i ôl mae dyn, yn deyrn a gwreng,
Yn codi ei awdurdod hell.

Pan deimlodd fyned ymaith Dduw
Cyfododd gledd i ladd ei frawd;
Mae sŵn yr ymladd ar ein clyw,
A’i gysgod ar fythynnod tlawd.

Mae’r hen delynau genid gynt
Ynghrog ar gangau’r helyg draw,
A gwaedd y bechgyn lond y gwynt,
A’u gwaed yn gymysg efo’r glaw.
Woe is me that I live in an age so perverse,
And God at ebb on a distant horizon;
After him, man, the lord and commoner,
Raising his ugly authority.

When he felt God going away
He raised a sword to kill his brother;
The sound of fighting is on our ear,
And its shadow on poor cottages.

The old harps that were played before are
Suspended on the branches of yonder willows,
And the cries of the boys filled the wind,
And their blood mixed with the rain.

Micah 4:1-4

And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains.
It will be raised above the hills,
And the peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say,
“Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord
And to the house of the God of Jacob,
That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For from Zion will go forth the law,
Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, [b]distant nations.
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they [c]train for war.
Each of them will sit under his vine
And under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid,
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Responsary

Your salvation is near to those who fear you,
All that glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
All that glory may dwell in our land.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
All Your salvation is near to those who fear you,
that glory may dwell in our land.

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those men and women
who died in the Second World War,
whose sacrifice brought Victory in Europe.
As we honour their courage and cherish their memory,
may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life and hope,
now and for ever.Amen.

The Last Post

2 minutes silence

The Reveille

An Act of Commitment

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men and women: that we may help, encourage and comfort others, and support those working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.

All Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, 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.

O Lord our God,
as we remember, teach us the ways of peace.
As we treasure memories, teach us to hope.
As we give thanks for the sacrifices of the past,
help us to make your future in this world,
until your kingdom come.
All Amen.

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle in the hearts of all people 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 tranquility your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church,
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.

Collect for Peace
All Amen.

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