Remembrance Sunday – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – 8th November 2020


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All are requested to join in wherever text is bold and / or GREEN

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
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

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.

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia

 In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

 Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Micah:

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills.  Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’  For out of Zion shall go forth instruction and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.  For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Psalm is now said by the congregation

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
[i]Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:

What then are we to say about these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?  Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn?  It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

All stand for the Gospel reading.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John:

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – thus it was that the 1st. World War, or the ‘Great’ War as it came to be known, drew to an end in 1918.  A ‘war to end all wars’, as it was hailed to be – the first ‘mechanised’ war, with slaughter on a scale previously wholly unimagined, finally was over.

This was a particularly significant moment back in 2018, being the centenary of the ending of the 1st World War.  It is particularly important too that we are mindful of this today, falling as it does 75 years from the end of World War 2.  We had been hoping and indeed planning to meet here earlier in the year to celebrate VE Day, but alas, the pandemic put pay to that, and also to our Plan B for VJ Day, which in fact might well have had more resonance for us here in South-East Asia.  Since the 2nd World War ended in 1945, due largely to the influence of organisations such as the United Nations, NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), and what has subsequently evolved into the EU (The European Union), warfare on this scale has, thank God, been avoided, although there have been what must now run into hundreds of smaller-scale conflicts and attempted genocides, which have seen thousands upon thousands of people killed and lives wasted, particularly amongst the young, on whom the future of our civilisation entirely depends.

War, we might well feel, to be a sin, not only against God, but also against our neighbour.  Looking back to 1939 though, on the part of the Allies, there was very much the feeling that this was a ‘just’ war, to free us from the tyranny of Adolf Hitler, the Nazi jack-boot and the concentration camp.  Thus, just like the Crusades in the Middle Ages,  this became, in effect, a ‘holy’ war in which we were justified ‘by faith’ – terrible though it unquestionably was, to have sat quietly by and done nothing in the face of such overwhelming evil would have been infinitely worse.  As we heard in our 2nd reading, ‘If God is for us, then who can be against us’?

Every year then since 1918, the Western World, in particular, has come to a halt at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember before God with thanksgiving the sacrifice made by so many in order that future generations might be able to live in peace, security and freedom.  A solemn silence is kept for two minutes, and heads are bowed whilst we remember the sacrifice of those who ‘gave their tomorrow so that we might have our today’.   Jesus told us in today’s gospel that to lay down one’s life for one’s friends is the ultimate act of supreme love, and it is of course in that word ‘love’ that the whole of Our Lord’s teaching is encapsulated.

For those of us who have lived through some, or any part of such events, and quite possibly lost members of our own families in the terrible tragedy of war, there is an almost instinctive desire to keep these memories alive.  Anti-Semitism, which was such a significant factor in World War 2 is, alas, still only too alive and well today.  In both Europe and the United States, there are attacks against Jewish people as a regular occurrence.  Recently, we have seen racism rear its ugly head in another form, as highlighted by the ‘Black Lives’ Matter’ campaign.  Only this past week, we have witnessed atrocities in both Nice and Vienna.  People are becoming increasingly polarised in their views, and intolerant of one another to a degree which has not been seen for many years.  Donald Trump, whatever virtues he might be perceived to have, has been a very divisive influence in America, whilst the whole ‘Brexit’ situation in the United Kingdom has turned even families against one another.  Immigrants are seen now very much as a problem, and there are mounting pressures both in Europe and in America to stem the tide, with Trump even having started to build a wall to keep them out!

Islamic militants have been increasingly to the fore in recent years, and so now there is growing resentment of members of the Islamic faith which threatens to explode at any moment.  As I have said several times in the past, Jews, Muslims and Christians are all ‘people of the book’, in other words, what we know as the Old Testament, and yet there has been enmity between these groups for thousands of years, and until this can somehow be resolved, the situation in the Middle East will continue to be a veritable powder-keg.

Now, you might well be wondering, just why it is that I’m seemingly going off at a tangent from where we started?  Quite simply, it is because the conditions prevalent in the Europe of the 1930s are ominously rearing their ugly heads anew, and what happened then could all too easily be repeated now.  It is terribly important that the rising generation, especially all those who have never been any closer to a war than the other side of a television screen, are not only made aware of the sacrifices of their forebears, but then kept ever mindful of them, in the faint hope that conflicts of this nature can be avoided in the future.  Rolling 24/7 news has much for which to answer, and we are now so much more aware of what is going on, thousands of miles away on the other side of the globe, than ever we were previously, but from my own perspective the world has never looked to be as dangerous a place as it now is in 2020, the Covid pandemic notwithstanding.  The peace of God, for which we pray, seems to be increasingly endangered, as humankind hurtles with ever-growing velocity down the slope which leads to destruction, like the Gadarine swine in the New Testament, or the vehicle with brake failure in our own day.

The prophet Micah told us in our first reading: “He, the Lord, shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.”

Then again, in Psalm 46, we read: “He makes war cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two.   He burns the chariots with fire.”  War is not then in any way part of God’s divine plan.  Whether it be as individuals or as nations, whenever we have to resort to violence, then both reason and argument have failed. 

So we live in hope, and so we remember.  Unfortunately, our Act of Remembrance here in Pattaya can’t synchronise either with mainland Europe or the United Kingdom, which in Thai time would be either 1700 or 1800 respectively, but hopefully, it will be no less meaningful for that.  We shall use our intercessions, which will not follow their usual form, as both an introduction to, and also a preparation for this.  Let it be the prayer of each and every one of us, that the persecution of minorities, and all whose ways and traditions are different from our own, may not be allowed to take an ever-increasing hold, as happened so tragically in the period leading up to 1939.  It would be terrible if the supreme sacrifice, made by so many on our behalf, were to prove ultimately to have been in vain – from any such sacrilege, Good Lord, deliver us.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 


Let us pray for the world and for the Church:

Prayers of intercession are now said and at the end of each prayer the priest says:

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Lord hear us,

Lord graciously hear us

At the conclusion of the prayers the priest says:

Almighty God, who has promised to hear our prayers.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All who are able, are requested to stand for the Act of Remembrance.

After the conclusion of the 2-minute silence, the priest will say:

They shall not grow old, as we who 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.

As part of this Remembrance Sunday, Members of the British Legion (and others) are invited now to lay their wreaths.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace using a traditional Thai ‘Wai’.

Judge eternal, throned in splendour,
Lord of lords and King of kings,
With thy living fire of judgement
Purge this realm of bitter things:
Solace all its wide dominion
With the healing of thy wings.

Still the weary folk are pining
For the hour that brings release:
And the city’s crowded clangour
Cries aloud for sin to cease;
And the homesteads and the woodlands
Plead in silence for their peace.

Crown, O God, thine own endeavour;
Cleave our darkness with thy sword;
Feed the faithless and the hungry
With the riches of thy word:
Cleanse the body of this nation
Through the glory of the Lord.


Blessed are you, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, 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.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world;

Happy 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.

 After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say

Let us pray.

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 in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:
The love that asks no questions, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve hear of long go,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by souls and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

NOTE: The introductory music is ‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar.


Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price