Welcome to this service from the charge of Eddleston linked with Peebles Old.
On this Remembrance Sunday we gather in our homes to glorify God whose power sustains the world; to remember with thanksgiving those who lived and died in the service of our country; and to ask for God’s help and blessing, that we may be worthy of their sacrifice each day of our life.
Let us worship God.
Not just for yesterday, Lord God, not even for today,
but for tomorrow also. We remember in silence.
They stand like measured ranks in a foreign field.
Stone upon stone, name upon name, date upon date.
Stones not yet worn by the passing of the seasons.
Names not yet forgotten by the passing of the generations.
Dates too full of memories as year encircles year.
We hold the names before you.
Names etched in granite. Names carved on our hearts.
We are in the place which we know is holy ground because you are there.
We are mindful of the sacrifice. Aware no words of ours are sufficient.
We stand committed to follow the ways of the Prince of Peace.
We remember in silence before an empty cross
a sign of a God who loves his world and who wants for all his children
the peace that the world can neither give nor take away.
Thus says the LORD:
"Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
"The LORD will surely separate me from his people";
and let not the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
For thus says the LORD:
"To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant
I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.
Come Lord Jesus
Into homes where there is an empty chair
Into hearts filled with tears
Into people searching for peace.
Come Lord Jesus
into minds filled with hatred
Into governments with little compassion
Into the lives of folk just like us
And turn us all to focus on the peace the world
Can neither give nor take away.
Today remember and give thanks for those who lived
and died in the service of others
and those who survived brutalities but still suffer.
We ask for your blessing today upon all the members of our armed forces
as we commit ourselves to work for a peace that will shape our homes
and our communities.
For the sake of Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together saying
THE LORD'S PRAYER
God grant to the living, grace;
To the departed rest;
To the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth
and all people peace and concord;
And to us his servants life everlasting.
And the blessing of God almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with you all now and for evermore.
While Sarah plays our closing voluntary which is Nimrod by Edward Elgar, you are invited to observe your own time of silence.
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
We will remember them.
Thank you for being with us today. Just a wee message before you go.
Poppy sellers have been having a very difficult time this year. You can help them if you wish by donating online. Locally to the left and nationally to the right.