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 A Service of Remembrance dedicated
to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

 
Sunday 11 September, 2022
You can follow the service below or download the service sheet here
 

We sing:  Praise My Soul the King of Heaven [Mission Praise 187]

INTRODUCTION

 

In the name of Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father, grace, mercy and peace be with you.

 

All: and also with you.

 

We meet this day to remember before God our late Sovereign Queen Elizabeth, to renew our trust and confidence in Christ, and to pray that together we may be one in him, through whom we offer our prayers and praises to the Father.

 

CONFESSION

 

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

 

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

 

Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

 

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from your sins,

and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

 

BIBLE READINGS

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; 

therefore can I lack nothing.

 He makes me lie down in green pastures

and leads me beside still waters.

He shall refresh my soul  

and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;  

for you are with me

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who trouble me;  

you have anointed my head with oil

and my cup shall be full.

Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,  

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

This is the word of the Lord.   
All: Thanks be to God.

 

A reading from the Book of Revelation (21:1-7)

 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.’

 And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

 

This is the word of the Lord.   
All: Thanks be to God.

 

We sing:  Guide Me O, Thou Great Jehovah [Mission Praise 63]

 

A reading from the Gospel of John (21:1-7)

Jesus said, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’

 

This is the word of the Lord.   
All: Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON

 

THANKSGIVING

 

As we mourn the death of Elizabeth our Queen, let us give thanks to God in faith and trust.

 

For the gift of Christ Jesus and for all whose devotion to him has sustained the life of our Church and nation:

 

Let us bless the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

For Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and all the Royal Family; for the ministers of the Crown and all who bear the privilege and burden of government:

 

Let us bless the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

For all people touched by Queen Elizabeth’s devotion to public service:

 

Let us bless the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

For our own lives, giving thanks for all those who have gone before, and asking that we might go forward with confidence and hope:

 

Let us bless the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

                       

PRAYERS

 

Ending with The Lord’s Prayer

 

We sing: Lord for the Years [Mission Praise 142]

 

BLESSING

 

We sing the National Anthem:

 

God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the King!

 

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On him be pleased to pour;
Long may he reign:
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
With heart and voice to sing,
God save the King!