Warrant Officer Gary Stevens BA LRSM DipMus ... - Royal Air Force

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Warrant Officer Gary Stevens BA LRSM DipMus ... - Royal Air Force

Organist Mr Benjamin Chewter BA ARCO

Assistant Organist Lincoln Cathedral

The Band of the Royal Air Force College

conducted by

Warrant Officer Gary Stevens BA LRSM DipMus(Open)

THE CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

ROYAL AIR FORCE COLLEGE CRANWELL

Service of Thanksgiving

and Commemoration

for

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 8 November 2009


All: Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for any reward

Save that of knowing that we do thy will.

THE BLESSING

Amen

Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage;

hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted;

honour all people, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of

the Holy Spirit. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son

and the Holy Spirit rest upon you and remain with you always.

Amen

The congregation stand while the Queens’ Colours and Standards

are borne from the Church

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The congregation stand for the Hymn:

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt 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.

O God our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

The congregation remain standing for:

ACT OF DEDICATION

led by Reverend (Squadron Leader) Kevin Hart RAF

Church of Scotland and Free Churches Chaplain

God, who calls us to be one with himself, through his

Son Jesus Christ, tasks us to share in his work of

reconciliation. So let us pledge ourselves anew to be

peacemakers in our homes, in our country and throughout the

world, in the words of the College Prayer.

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ORDER OF SERVICE

The congregation stand for the entry of the College Cross, carried by

Officer Cadet Pippa Le Cras and escorted by Officer Cadet Sharon

Ingle and Officer Cadet Luke Savage followed by the clergy.

Opening hymn:

All my hope on God is founded;

he doth still my trust renew.

Me through change and chance he guideth,

only good and only true.

God unknown,

he alone

calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,

sword and crown betray his trust;

what with care and toil he buildeth,

tow'r and temple, fall to dust.

But God's pow'r,

hour by hour,

is my temple and my tow'r.

God's great goodness aye endureth,

deep his wisdom, passing thought:

splendour, light, and life attend him,

beauty springeth out of naught.

Evermore

from his store

new-born worlds rise and adore.

Daily doth th' Almighty giver

bounteous gifts on us bestow;

his desire our soul delighteth,

pleasure leads us where we go.

Love doth stand

at his hand;

joy doth wait on his command.

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Still from earth to God eternal

sacrifice of praise be done,

high above all praises praising

for the gift of Christ his Son.

Christ doth call

one and all:

ye who follow shall not fall.

FANFARE

Enter the Standards of No 55 (Reserve) Squadron, No 45

(Reserve) Squadron, Queens’ Colour of Central Flying School

and the Queens’ Colour of the Royal Air Force College

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

God save our gracious Queen,

long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen.

Send her victorious,

happy and glorious,

long to reign over us:

God save the Queen.

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

Reverend (Wing Commander) Alastair Bissell RAF - College Chaplain

Chaplain: We have come together to remember before God

those who have given their lives for our country, to

honour their courage and sacrifice and to pray for the

peace and freedom which was their hope. We will

keep silence and lay a wreath in honour of those who

gave their lives; we will hear God's word and commit

ourselves again to his service and to that of our

neighbour.

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But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day;

The saints triumphant rise in bright array;

The King of Glory passes on his way;

Alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast;

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Alleluia!

THE PRAYERS

Reverend (Squadron Leader) John Ellis RAF

Church of England Chaplain

Reader: Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Chaplain: Let us pray for the coming of the Kingdom in the

words our Saviour gave us:

All: 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.

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Amen.


THE SERMON

by Reverend (Group Captain) Gordon Craig BD DipMin, Assistant

Chaplain-in-Chief Training and Principal Chaplain Church of Scotland

and Free Churches

The congregation stand for the Offertory Hymn, the collection from

which will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

For all the saints who from their labours rest,

Who thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest;

Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;

Thou, Lord, their captain in the well fought fight;

Thou, in the darkness, still their one true light;

Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,

Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,

And win, with them the victor's crown of gold.

Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine;

Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear, the distant triumph song,

And hearts are brave again and arms are strong;

Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;

Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest

Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest;

Alleluia!

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ACT OF PENITENCE

Let us first confess to God the sins and shortcomings

of the world, our share in what is wrong and our failure

to seek and establish that peace which God wills for his

people.

The congregation sit or kneel and after a moments silence say

together:

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned

against you, through our own fault, in thought and word

and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake

of your Son, Jesus Christ, forgive what we have been,

amend what we are and direct what we shall be, through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Chaplain: Almighty God, who in Jesus Christ has given us a

kingdom that cannot be destroyed, forgive us our sins,

open our eyes to his truth and strengthen us to do his

will, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

Amen

The congregation stand as the Commandant moves to the Memorial

Chapel for the Act of Remembrance.

Commandant:

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.

All: We will remember them.

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The Last Post

There follows a 2-minute silence.

Kohima Epitaph

Read by Officer Cadet Gemma Bean

Reveille

When you go home

Tell them of us and say –

"For your tomorrow

We gave our today".

The Commandant lays the wreath.

Chaplain: Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Jesus

we cannot be parted, either by life or death, we give

you thanks for all whom we remember this day, and

ask that you would so work your good purposes in us

that we might honour those who have gone before us

and share with them in your eternal joy.

Amen

The congregation sit for:

THE OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 2 v 1-5

Read by: Senior Aircraftman Luke Phoenix

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

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The congregation stand for the Hymn:

The congregation sit for:

God is our strength and refuge,

our present help in trouble;

and we therefore will not fear,

though the earth should change!

Though mountains shake and tremble,

though swirling floods are raging,

God the Lord of hosts

is with us evermore!

There is a flowing river,

within God's holy city;

God is in the midst of her –

she shall not be moved!

God's help is swiftly given,

thrones vanish at His presence –

God the Lord of hosts

is with us evermore!

Come, see the works of our Maker,

learn of His deeds all-powerful;

wars will cease across the world

when He shatters the spear!

Be still and know your Creator,

uplift Him in the nations –

God the Lord of hosts

is with us evermore!

THE NEW TESTAMENT READING: 1 Timothy 2: v 1-7

Read by: Officer Cadet Luke Dobby

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

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