Thought for the Week: 8th November 2020

This week we have a prayer for Remembrance Sunday, taken from 'The Vine' worship material.

Remembrance Day Prayer

As we pray today I invite you to use your poppy, either by detaching it or holding it where it is. If you don’t have a poppy with you, please picture one in your mind.

Let us pray.

First, we hold one of the petals of the poppy. Father, the red of this petal is like the red of the blood shed by so many in the wars of the last century. We remember members of our family who were directly involved in those wars, some in the armed forces, some left behind. We remember injury, trauma, death, courage, fear – lives changed forever. We give thanks for so many who were prepared to pay the highest price of all.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Now we take hold of another petal on our poppy. In doing so, we hold before God the violence and warfare of our own times. We pray, Father, that you will give us politicians and military leaders equal to the huge tasks they face – wise in judgement, calm in spirit, makers of peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Now we touch the centre of the poppy, the place where the seeds are kept, ready for new life. Lord, take the seeds of peace which lie in the hearts of your people everywhere, and cast them generously over every continent and nation. Let those seeds germinate, grow and flourish.

Beat our swords into ploughshares, our spears into pruning hooks and our weapons of mass destruction into technologies for peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Now we hold the green leaf (or the green stem) and remember the green and growing hope which comes from faith alone, faith in a God for whom everything is possible, even in the darkest hour. May hope guide our politics, our nation, our thinking and our lives. May hope draw us ever nearer to that day when the world shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In your mercy, forgive our foolish ways,

In your mercy, help us to listen before we fight,

In your mercy, hold back the men of war,

In your mercy, save the innocent,

In your mercy, hear us,

In your mercy,

In your mercy.