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COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

Website: www.coughlanunitedchurch.com

Tel: 595-3716 (Manse)      5967432  (Church)

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session: Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist: Ruth Davidge

 

 

 ARMISTICE/ REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

November 10, 2019        11:00 a.m.

Welcoming & Offering Team: Gary Fisher & Cal Penney

 

WELCOME TO WORSHIP!

WELCOME ALL to this special service of remembrance. It is Remembrance Day once again, and we will as a nation acknowledge the sacrifice of the people of the Armed Forces throughout history. However, as a community of faith today, we will be taking some time to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadians throughout the ages. Members of The United Church of Canada have served in every major conflict since the church’s formation in 1925 and still do today. And so it is appropriate for us to affirm the lives lost in war and bring them to mind here with us as we worship in freedom and peace. Today we also welcome in worship our church members who served our country in various capacities, Laurence Pike , CPO 2 (Ret), Douglas King, Able Seaman, Navy(Ret) and Calvin Penney,  PO 2 Navy Reserve (Ret).

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP & REMEMBER

GATHERING MUSIC   -         Pre-Sing - Choir Leading

WELCOME & CHURCH & COMMUNITY CONCERNS

CHORAL INTROIT      “Let There Be Peace”        

PROCESSION (Flag)   - Laurence Pike, Calvin Penney & Doug King

*NATIONAL ANTHEM “O Canada”

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons (of us) command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

 

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!  

*CALL TO WORSHIP    

One:    On this Remembrance Sunday we gather to pray

All: for a world where no one will learn war anymore.

One: On this day when the guns once fell silent,

All: we gather to pray for peace to reign in every heart, home and nation.

One: On this day of hope,

All: we come before you, God,
to remember all those who gave their lives so we could be free.

One: In this time of story, song, and prayer, help us to catch a  vision of how the world could live together.

All: And so, let echo the old prayers—make us channels of your peace.

One: In that spirit, let us join our hearts in song.

OPENING PRAYER (Responsive)

One: Almighty God,

All: Grant that we who gather here today may pay fitting tribute and honor to the memory of those who have died in the service of their country.

One: May we be so inspired by the spirit of their love and courage that, forgetting all selfish and unworthy motives,

All: we may live only to your glory and to the service of your people. May we who desire peace be willing to work for justice. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

*HYMN   “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”  -VU 684

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

One: Almighty God, we thank you for bringing us together this Remembrance Sunday to recall with tenderness and respect those who lost their lives from this community and the many thousands farther afield in the wars of the last century.

All: We pray for all those still caught up in conflicts across the world
and acknowledge what may be our own confusion about war
and how we might participate in creating an enduring peace.

One: Help us to meet with you in these moments of worship,
Make us ever mindful of your goodness toward us,
and strengthen us to be aware of the needs of others.
As we pray for peace, may it start with peace in our hearts.     (Silent Reflection)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON AND MERCY

One: Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life,

All: Hear our prayers for all this day, and help us to live in love and service. Amen.

 

HEARING THE WORD

INTROIT TO THE WORD  -VU 371  

“Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear; And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear; Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God thy will to see. Open my ears, illumine me. Spirit divine!”

 

*RESPONSIVE  READING from Psalm  98  p.818 Ref. 2            - Doug King

*GLORI PATRI (Together)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

HEBREW READING FROM MICAH 4: 1-5   - Doug King

GOSPEL READING FROM MARK 12:41-44    - Minister

CHORAL ANTHEM: "Put Peace Into Each Other's Hands."  - Senior Choir

 

MEDITATION       Peace Along the Way

*HYMN         “For the Healing of the Nations”     - VU  678           

 

LIGHTING  of  CANDLES:   Calvin Penney    

One: We light this candle for forgiveness.

All: May God forgive our violence and hatred and help us love our enemies.

One: We light this candle for healing.

All: May God mend angry hearts and broken lives that the world might be healed.

One: We light this candle for peacemaking.

All: May God make us instruments of peace, and help us live in friendship with those who are different from us. Amen.

 

OUR RESPONSE

GATHERING OF OFFERINGS  - Minutes for Mission

*PRESSENTATION OF OFFERINGS & DOXOLOGY       

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Unison)

Our gifts are tokens of our intentions: to remember war’s horror, to bring peace, to end conflict, to counter suffering, to raise hopes, to bring new life. Bless our gifts, O God, for they reflect the Sacrificed One, Jesus, Who gave his life on the cross. Amen.

 

WE REMEMBER

PRAYER OF REMEMBERING

One: God of love, peace and justice, it is your will for the world that we may live together in peace. You have promised through the prophet Isaiah that one day the swords will be beaten into ploughshares. Yet we live in a broken world, and there are times that war seems inevitable. Let us recognize with humility and sadness the tragic loss of life that comes in war. Even so, as we gather here free from persecution, we may give thanks for those that have served with courage and honor.

All: God, we praise you for those that are willing to serve. Bless them as they serve with honor, pride, and compassion. Do not let their hearts be hardened by the actions they must take. Strengthen their families. Keep them surrounded

in your love and peace. We thank you for those that put the welfare of others ahead of their own safety. Let us all be inspired by their self-sacrifice in service to those who needed protection.

One: God, we praise you for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. We ask that you comfort those that still feel the pain of their loss. Keep us mindful that you have promised to comfort those that mourn.

All: God, we praise you for granting us these freedoms. Let us honor those who have served by working for peace. Let us never forget those that have served, and let us never let go of your promise of peace. In the name of Jesus who prayed with his disciples the prayer…Our Father, who art in heaven….(The Lord’s Prayer)

 

WE COME TO REMEMBER

LAYING OF POPPIES – Led by Calvin Penney, Doug King  & Laurence Pike

LAST POST       * MOMENT OF SILENCE           *REVEILLE

Words of Remembrance:              - Laurence Pike

One: They shall not grow 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.

All: We will remember them.

 

 

 

*SONG:      “Ode To Newfoundland”  

When sunrays crown thy pine-clad hills, And Summer spreads her hand When silvern voices tune thy rills, We love thee smiling land We love thee, we love thee, We love thee smiling land.

When spreads thy cloak of shimm’ring white,  At Winter’s       stern command, Thro’ shortened day and starlit night;
We love thee frozen land, We love thee, we love thee,

We love thee frozen land.

 

When blinding storm gusts fret thy shore, And wild waves lash thy strand;  Thro’ spindrift swirl and tempest roar;  We love thee wind-swept land,  We love thee, we love thee, We love thee wind-swept land.

As loved our fathers, so we love, Where once they stood we stand; Their prayer we raise to heav’n above;  God guard thee Newfoundland;  God guard thee, God guard thee,  God guard thee Newfoundland.                  (written by Sir Cavendish Boyle)

 

*COMMISSIONING and BENEDICTION                                                      The worship has ended – the Service has begun. Go in                         peace, do justice and love kindness and walk humbly with one another and your God. In the name of our Living Creator, Redeemer- Christ, and our Inspiration, Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

*SUNG RESPONSE:              Go  Now in Peace  -VU 964

Go now in peace, go now  in peace, May the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.

RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

MISSION AND SERVICE

MINUTES FOR MISSION

Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological education in seven theological schools, including Emmanuel College in Toronto, Ontario.

Aside from The United Church of Canada ministry training degrees, Emmanuel College offers interfaith programs in Muslim studies and Buddhist studies. These programs have created a more enriched program of study and diversity in the student population. Here is the story of one of these students:

Captain Barbara Helms was enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain of the Muslim tradition in October 2017. She will be serving with the 30th Field Artillery Regiment (33 Canadian Battle Group, 4th Canadian Division). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree specializing in Muslim chaplaincy, offered through the University of Toronto, the Toronto School of Theology, and Emmanuel College. Thanks to your gifts to Mission & Service, the college has implemented inter-faith programs such as Islamic Studies. Padre Helms has been involved in teaching, community outreach, youth ministry, hospital pastoral care, and inter-faith dialogue. She is grateful for the opportunity to be the first female Muslim chaplain, and finds that military chaplaincy is a place where she can serve her regimental family.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.