National service 3 or 4 August
A national service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War will take place at Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014 9.30pm; with candles extinguished at 11pm ("The lights went out over Europe"). Broadcast to the nation 10 - 11pm. Local churches are encouraged to offer similar services at the same time.
First World War Memorial Service
Propers for a Requiem Eucharist
Churches together, www.ctbi.org.uk
Westminster Abbey, www.westminster-abbey.co.uk
Coventry Cathedral, www.coventrycathedral.org.uk
A selection of set prayers
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
[Collect for the 3rd Sunday before Advent, Common Worship]
Hymns and Songs
All my hope on God is founded (NEH 333)
And did those feet in ancient time (NEH 488, A&M: H&S 576)
Extol the God of Justice (A&M:H&S 558)
For earth’s fragile beauties (NEP 648, A&M:H&S 526)
For the Healing of the Nations (A&M:H&S 635)
Dear Lord God,
Today we remember all those who suffered during the First World War. Those who fought and died, those who were injured, those who waited anxiously at home, those who mourned and those communities that suffered loss.
We thank you for all those who worked for peace then and we pray that you will guide all those who work for peace between warring nations and communities today.
Help us to be peacemakers in our everyday lives. Help us not to behave with fear, spite, anger and prejudice but to become people of compassion, care, friendship and forgiveness. Help us to work for the common good and stand up for truth and justice.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Click here to download a printable prayer card version. Simply print out onto thin card and hand out during services.