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Remembrance Sunday
10th November 2002

Let us begin our prayers on this special day of Remembrance by thanking God for his love for each one of us.

God our Father, we can never thank you enough for your great love for us, made known in your son, Jesus Christ.Poppy

- the love that redeemed us, and all mankind
- the love that freely forgives
- the love that watches over us day by day
- the love that is stronger than death, 
- the love that can bring peace and joy into the lives of all.

God of love, accept our thanksgiving, and give us grace to love you more, for Jesus' sake.

Lord in your mercy
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We thank you Lord for the church of which we are members. 

We pray for those who minister to us, especially for Charlie, Joan and Sam, who in their different ways lead us to a deeper knowledge of your love.

We thank you for the many ways in which the Church influences our lives, and we pray that through those influences we may become 'a channel of your peace' so that Poppy

'where there is hatred, we can bring love;
where there is despair, we can bring hope;
where there is sadness, ever joy
and where there is doubt, true faith in you.'

We pray your blessing on all who share with us in this church's life and worship, and that together, we may be 'a channel of your peace' in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord in your mercy
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Father, we pray for the Church throughout the world - that it may share to the full in the work of your Son, revealing you to all people, reconciling them to you and to one another.

We pray that we and all Christian people may learn to love one another as you love us, and that your Church may more and more reflect the unity which is your will and your gift in Jesus Christ our Lord, and through that unity we pray that your church may be ' a channel of your peace' throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy
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We pray now for those areas of the world where people are suffering and dying because of armed conflicts and hostilities and especially at this time for the people of Israel and Palestine, and for those in central and west Africa.

We pray that your Spirit may so move in the hearts of people, that the barriers of fear, race, suspicion and hatred, which separate so many, may crumble and disappear. We pray that love will conquer all.Poppy

Lead us Father into freedom;
From despair your world release.
That, redeemed from war and hatred,
All may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
Fear will die and hope increase.

We pray that 'care and goodness' will fill the hearts of those leaders of Northern Ireland, of Iraq, and of all troubled countries. Let there be peace on earth and an end to suffering.

Lord in your mercy
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Let us pray for all those we know and love.

God our Father, you have commanded us to love one another, and to serve each Poppy others needs. Help us, in our homes to be helpful and considerate, forbearing and forgiving, so that the harmony of our family life may be strengthened and sustained.

We pray now for our families, especially for those who live away from us - both young and old; for our relatives, especially those who live alone; for our friends and people we meet in our daily lives.

We pray that we may be sensitive to their needs, and know your guidance in any difficult and demanding situation which may arise involving them.

Lord in your mercy
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We pray for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness. For the neglected, for the abused, for the lonely, for the distressed. We pray especially for those who are ill, whether in their own homes or in hospital.

We pray for anyone known to us in need or trouble. We name and remember them in our hearts and raise them to you, Lord. We ask you to bless them. We pray that they may know your love, and in doing so receive courage and strength.

Lord in your mercy
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And now, on this special day, we remember Lord, all those who have died. We remember especially the victims of the two world wars and of the other Poppy conflicts which have occurred since. We remember those we knew or who were known to our parents or grandparents.

We also remember those who came home with terrible injuries, those who became mentally ill through the traumas of war, and those who lost someone they loved.

Heavenly Father, we pray for those who continue to suffer, that they may receive courage and hope in their troubles and through you find an inner peace of mind.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for those who mourn, and for those who miss the company and care of loved ones. 

We pray your love may unite us to yourself, that in fellowship with you we may always be united with out loved ones.

As we remember before God all who have died, let us also remember that Jesus Christ is the light of the world,  a light which no darkness can quench. We remember them all and light a candle to symbolise the light and love of Christ, a light which eternally shines and brings hope.

You turn our darkness into light,
in your light shall we see light.

And so we finally pray for ourselves:Poppy

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father - brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen

Bible Readings and Notes and Sermon: 'The five wise and five foolish bridesmaids' for Remembrance Sunday, 10th November 2002.

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