Harbour Churches Sofa Service 8th November

Harbour Churches Sofa Service : Remembrance Sunday ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’

Part Two of the Sofa Service – 6 minutes

Today’s service opens with Aled Jones singing the great Quaker hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’ from his album ‘Higher’.

The theme of the service, to mark Remembrance Sunday, is based on The Beatitudes – described by Richard Rohr as the ‘alternative commandments’ and the verse from Matthew 5. 9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God’. Reflecting on Rowan Williams book ‘The Truce of God’ we explore what it means to be a peacemaker – and especially how we might understand that in terms of Christ’s peace.

To mark Remembrance Sunday, we keep two minutes silence with the Last Post and Reveille.

 PLEASE NOTE Due to technical reasons (which remain a holy mystery…) the final six minutes of the service created a new video. This can be uploaded immediately following the first service.

The service ends with the choir of Sheffield Cathedral singing the hymn ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’.

We continue to pray for:

Charlie Gray, Judy Page, Clive Yeomans, Derrick Pope, Anne-Marie, Stella Boyse,  Angela Derek and Stuart, John Stedman, Julian Kennedy-Cooke, baby Rupert and mum Katie and dad Sam.

We give thanks for the lives of those who have died, praying especially for Patsy Watney, and all who are grieving.

Father of all, remember your holy promise,
and look with love on all your people, living and departed.
On this day we especially ask that you would hold forever
all who have suffered during war, those who returned scarred by warfare,
those who waited anxiously at home,
and those who returned wounded, and disillusioned;
those who mourned, and those communities that were diminished and suffered loss.
Remember too those who acted with kindly compassion,
those who bravely risked their own lives for their comrades,
and those who in the aftermath of war, worked tirelessly for a more peaceful world.
And as you remember them, remember us, O Lord;
grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.