Home Service 35

Home Service: Sunday 8 November 2020 ~ Remembrance Sunday ~ Compiled by Liz

Let us begin our worship with a rousing song of praise.

Song

Praise Him on the trumpet, the psaltery and harp
Praise Him on the timbrel and the dance
Praise Him with stringed instruments too
Praise Him on the loud cymbals.
Praise Him on the loud cymbals.
Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord
Hallelujah, Praise the Lord.
Hallelujah, Praise the Lord.
Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord

Reading Psalm 111
Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.

Prayer
Let us thank the Lord for all His blessings to us. For this country’s freedom and those who gave their lives to secure and maintain it. For food and homes, for fellowship and family, for the NHS and those who work in it.
As we meet today, the nation stops at 11 am to remember those who
gave their lives in war for our freedom. We might not be able to meet in
large groups round the War memorial as in previous years, but you may have watched on television the service from the Cenotaph as part of your remembrance.

Hymn

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in thy strength, safe in thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee and in Thy name we go.
We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors-we rest with Thee, through endless days

In the Bible there are times when God asks us to remember the
wonderful things He has done. The Israelites were told to erect a
cairn when they had entered the Promised land to remind them of all
God had done in leading them out of Egypt and across the desert to a
land of “milk and honey”.

Reading : Joshua 4
Memorial Stones Are Set Up

When the whole nation had crossed the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
“Choose twelve men, one from each tribe, and command them to take twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests were standing. Tell them to carry these stones with them and to put them down where you camp tonight.” Then Joshua called the twelve men he had chosen, and he told them, “Go into the Jordan ahead of the Covenant Box of the LORD your God. Each one of you take a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the tribes of Israel. These stones will remind the people of what the LORD has done. In the future, when your children ask what these stones mean to you, you will tell them that the water of the Jordan stopped
flowing when the LORD’s Covenant Box crossed the river. These stones will always remind the people of Israel of what happened here.” The men followed Joshua’s orders. As the LORD had commanded Joshua, they took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan…… This is what Moses had commanded.

As we know the Israelites often forgot what God had done and disobeyed Him. Like us, they struggled to remember, so there are other times when we are given symbols to help us remember. The most obvious one is the one Jesus gave us at the Last Supper.

Luke tells us in chapter 22.

The Lord’s Supper
When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the
apostles. He said to them, “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer! For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.” Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way, and rejected your will for our lives. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us,
forgive us, cleanse us, and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you, and to please you in every way; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn

Give me a sight, O Saviour, Of Thy wondrous love to me,
Of the love that brought Thee down to earth, to die on Calvary.
O make me understand it, Help me to take it in,
What it meant to Thee, the Holy One, To bear away my sin
Was it the nails, O Saviour, that bound Thee to the tree?
Nay, ‘twas Thine everlasting love, Thy love for me, for me.
O wonder of all wonders, That through Thy death for me,
My open sins, my secret sins Can all forgiven be.
Then melt my heart, O Saviour, Bend me, yes, break me down,
Until I own Thee Conqueror, and Lord and Sovereign crown.

God remembers His covenant (agreement) with us but will also forget
our sins.
Hebrews 8:10-12 tells us
Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel
in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. None of them will have to teach their friends or tell their neighbours, ‘Know the Lord.’ For they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.”

Psalm 103 v11:2 also reminds us about God’s willingness to forgive if we are truly sorry and ask for His forgiveness.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Song


I get so excited, Lord, every time I realise,
I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven.
Jesus, Lord, You’ve done it all, You’ve paid the price
I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven.
Hallelujah, Lord, my heart just fills with praise;
My feet start dancing, my hands rise up,
and my lips they bless Your name.
I’m forgiven X6
Living in Your presence, Lord, is life itself:
I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven,
With the past behind, grace for today, and a hope to come,
I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven.

Let us conclude our worship with a short time of prayer for others
Pray for …
Those we know who cannot be with us for illness or shielding
reasons.
For our families and friends.
For the government at this time of Covid 19,
that they may make good decisions with care and compassion

Benediction
The peace of God be in our hearts.
The grace of God be in our words.
The love of God be in our hands.
The joy of God be in our souls
and in the song that our lives sing.
Amen