From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges – Sunday 9th Nov, 2014

For Remembrance Sunday, our journey through the Bible leads us to think about war and violence. Brian Mclaren asks “To help some, is God willing to harm others? Is God part of the violence in the world, and is violence part of God? Or is God the voice calling to us in our violence to move to a new place, to join God beyond violence, in kindness, reconciliation and peace?”

Deuteronomy 7:1-11

Psalm 137:1-9

Psalm 149

Matthew 15:21-39

A Prayer of Remembrance

Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen