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The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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"Flowers Of The Forest" - June Tabor
"When This Bloody War Is Over" - Sods' Opera
"Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind" - York Minster Choir
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping: those who have died for their country in conflict; those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; and all who have lived and died in the service of humanity.
They shall grow not 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.
We will remember them.
"Last Post" - The Band Of The Corps Of Royal Engineers
"Last Post" by Carol Ann Duffy
"Gymnopedie No.3 (Excerpt)" by Satie - Samantha Morton
"Reveille" - The Band Of The Corps Of Royal Engineers
Remember, Lord, your people, who cry to you in their grief.
Remember the fallen in battle, and the innocents who have died.
Remember your power to heal and save.
"I Vow To Thee My Country" - The Salvation Army New York Staff Band
"The Lord Is My Light" - Taize
"O God, Our Help In Ages Past" - Sheffield Cathedral Choir

O God, our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come, 
our shelter from the stormy blast, 
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne, 
still may we dwell secure; 
sufficient is thine arm alone, 
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, 
or earth received her frame, 
from everlasting, thou art God, 
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in thy sight, 
are like an evening gone; 
short as the watch that ends the night, 
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream, 
bears all its sons away; 
they fly forgotten, as a dream 
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come; 
be thou our guard while troubles last, 
and our eternal home.
Alleluia. Alleluia.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,  
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
"Requiem Peter" - Elyakim Taussig
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Most merciful Father, accept our prayers that we may know your peace in our hearts, and your love in our lives, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Son Of God, Eternal Saviour" - Sheffield Cathedral Choir

Son of God, eternal Saviour,
Source of life and truth and grace,
Son of Man, whose birth among us
Hallows all our human race,
Thou, our Head Who, throned in glory,
For Thine own dost ever plead,
Fill us with Thy love and pity;
Heal our wrongs, and help our need.  

As Thou, Lord, hast lived for others,
So may we for others live;
Freely have Thy gifts been granted,
Freely may Thy servants give.
Thine the gold and Thine the silver,
Thine the wealth of land and sea,
We but stewards of Thy bounty,
Held in solemn trust for Thee.          

Come, O Christ, and reign among us,
King of love, and Prince of peace,
Hush the storm of strife and passion,
Bid its cruel discords cease:
By Thy patient years of toiling,
By Thy silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure,
Shame our selfish greed of gain.

Dark the path that lies behind us,
Strewn with wrecks and stained with blood;
But before us gleams the vision
Of the coming brotherhood.
See the Christlike host advancing,
High and lowly, great and small,
Linked in bonds of common service
For the common Lord of all.

Son of God, eternal Savior,
Source of life and truth and grace,
Son of Man, whose birth among us
Hallows all our human race,
Thou Who prayedst, Thou Who willest,
That Thy people should be one,
Grant, O Grant our hope’s fruition:
Here on earth Thy will be done.

The Lord is here.
God's Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.     
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.   
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Father, all powerful and ever living God...
...as they sing for ever to your glory:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
God of power and might,…
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Dying you destroyed our death, 
rising you restored our life. 
Lord Jesus, come in glory.
Lord our God, your Son…
...for ever and ever. Amen. 
Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.
This is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.
The body of Christ. Amen.
The blood of Christ. Amen.

"Eternal Ruler Of The Ceaseless Round" - Keble College Choir

Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round 
Of circling planets singing on their way, 
Guide of the nations from the night profound 
Into the glory of the perfect day, 
Rule in our hearts, that we may ever be 
Guided and strengthened and upheld by Thee. 

We are of Thee, the children of Thy love, 
The brothers of Thy well belovèd Son; 
Descend, O Holy Spirit, like a dove 
Into our hearts, that we may be as one; 
As one with Thee, to Whom we ever tend; 
As one with Him our Brother and our Friend. 

We would be one in hatred of all wrong, 
One in our love of all things sweet and fair; 
One with the joy that breaketh into song, 
One with the grief that trembleth into prayer, 
One in the power that makes Thy children free 
To follow truth, and thus to follow Thee. 

O clothe us with Thy heavenly armour, Lord, 
Thy trusty shield, Thy sword of love divine; 
Our inspiration be Thy constant Word; 
We ask no victories that are not Thine; 
Give or withhold, let pain or pleasure be, 
Enough to know that we are serving Thee.

Father of all,  we give you thanks and praise,  that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.  Dying and living, he declared your love,  gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

"Thy Kingdom Come O God" - St.Chad's Cathedral

Thy kingdom come, O God!
Thy rule, O Christ begin!
Break with thine iron rod
the tyrannies of sin!

Where is thy reign of peace,
and purity and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
as in the realms above?

When comes the promised time
that war shall be no more,
oppression, lust, and crime
shall flee thy face before?

We pray thee, Lord, arise,
and come in thy great might;
revive our longing eyes,
which languish for thy sight.

O'er lands both near and far
thick darkness broodeth yet:
arise, O Morning Star,
arise, and never set!

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and humanity: that we may help, encourage, and comfort others, and support those working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.
Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all your peoples, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.
May Almighty God, who has given us the will to undertake these things, give us also the strength to perform them: for his name’s sake. Amen.
"Let Peace Prevail" - Cooper, Nelson & Early
My sisters and brothers, go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - June Tabor
Service from "They Shall Not Grow Old" compiled by Brian Elliott CF,
adapted by Jonathan Hagger
Prayer over the gifts by Jonathan Hagger
Roman Catholic Eucharistic prayer for reconciliation (2)
Other material from "Common Worship" (Church of England)


WORSHIP AT ST. LAIKA’S — 13 Comments

  1. You only liked the music and I can hardly thank you on behalf of the artists. No doubt they’ll want to write to you directly.

    Thank you, Ellie.

  2. MadPriest, you can thank me for admiring your choice of music, or don’t thank me at all. Whatever.

    I attended a Eucharistic service at my church today, and I admit that I listened to your service mainly for the music. Although I turn to God often during the day, I’m not one for long periods of formal prayer. If you recall, you were the one who advised me that I could listen while I did other things, because I said some days I didn’t have time to listen attentively.

    If I listen again, I won’t comment.

  3. Jonathan, Every bit directed thoughts and prayers to remembrance and hope for the future! Music included, splendid!