Saint Leonard’s Servicefor Remembrance Sunday14th November[For visitors from outside the UK, Remembrance Sunday is the closest Sunday to the 11th November, commemorating the conclusion of the First World War on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month - 11/11/1918]The American equivalent is Veteran’s Day, also 11th November, which is a Federal Holiday.Welcome to our OpenCast church service - on-line.There are prayers, readings, hymns and music; just as you would have in church.As you read through this service you may care to say aloud the bold text.To hear the music and the readings, click on each title (red, underlined text) (and remember to adjust the volume on your speakers).Let us pray:HeavenlyFather,whoseblessedSonwasrevealedtodestroytheworksofthedevilandtomakeusthechildrenofGodandheirs ofeternallife:grantthatwe,havingthishope,maypurifyourselvesevenasheispure;thatwhenheshallappearinpowerand greatglorywemaybemadelikehiminhiseternalandgloriouskingdom;whereheisaliveandreignswithyou,intheunityofthe Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.We are here to worship Almighty God, whose purposes are good; whose power sustains the world he has made; who loves us, though we have failed in his service; who gave Jesus Christ for the life of the world; who by his Holy Spirit leads us in his way.As we give thanks for his great works, we remember those who have lived and died in his service and in the service of others; we pray for all who suffer through war and are in need; we ask for his help and blessing that we may do his will, and that the whole world may acknowledge him as Lord and King.AmenHymn:“All People That On Earth Do Dwell”Tune: the ‘Old 100th’ (from its place in an old hymn book)Arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the 1953 CoronationSung at Westminster Abbey at H.M.’s 50th Coronation Anniversary We praise the LordGod, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end,that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord.And so we Praise You.Bible Readings:Old Testament:Psalm:New Testament:Gospel:Daniel 12.1-395Hebrews 10.11-14,19-25Mark 13.1-8AudioAudioAudioAudioClick these links to hear the readingsTextTextTextTextClick these links to read the textA Reflection for this week“IloveOctoberandIhatetoseeitpasssoquickly.MyloveandIatedinneroutdoorslastFridayanditfeltliketheLastTime andasanoldmanIfindLastsratherpainful.IrodetheAmtrakintoNewYorkfromBoston,withthatdeliciousflightin QueensasthetraindescendstowardthetunneltoManhattanandwe’reskimmingthehousetopslikeClarkKentinpursuit of evil gangsters, and I thought, “When will I get to do this again?” and it pained me.Itpainsmetoseethewaveofpuritanisminthearts,artsorganizationscompetingtoseewhocanwritethemostmilitant missionstatementsdeclaringtheirdedicationtoEqualityandInclusivityandAnti-Elitism,whichtellsmeclearlythattheend isnear.Artiselitistbecausesomepeoplearebettersingersthanalmostanyoneelseandsomeplaysastonishandothers onlyfillthetime,andifequalityisnowthegoal,thenwheredowegotoexperiencetheextraordinary?Artthenbecomes ideology,andforastonishmentwemustwaitforthenextblizzardorthunderstorm.AManhattanthunderstormisworth waiting for, but still. We have a long haul ahead of us, people. Children dressed up as malevolent beings for Halloween: is this a good thing? I doubt it. Novemberisamiserablemonth,withelectionsatwhicholdpeoplewilloutvotetheyoungandtimidschoolboardswillbe electedwho’llcutoutanyremainingartormusiceducationandrequirehistoryteacherstoofferopposingpointsofviewas tothelegitimacyofthe2020election.NovemberushersusintoaseasonofcolourlessnessandThanksgiving,anawkward daywhenpeoplewhodon’tlikeeachotheranymoresitdownandpracticepoliteness;adaythatremindsuswhy“turkey”is asynonymfor‘Flop’.Anythingyoudototurkeyisanimprovement:stuffitwithjellybeans,pourbrandyonitandlightiton fire — better yet, put some cherry bombs in it and blow it up.Novemberisahardmonth,andthencomesthetyphoonofcommercialChristmasjoythatmakesthedayitselfsuchalet-down,afteralltheecstaticfamiliesinBestBuycommercialsyouhavetofaceyourowngrumpybrood.AndthenNewYear’s Eveandthechampagnedoesn’tsparkleasitusedto,andeveryone’solderandthetalkatthepartyisallabouthealth insurance,andthenafloodoffootballgames,afterwhicheveryonefeelsconcussed,thenit’sJanuaryandFebruarycomes along, which is more or less like moving to Nebraska.Thisiswhyweneedtoenjoywhatlittleisleftofthisgorgeousmonth.Thecurefortheblues,asweallknow,istoget outdoorsandwalkaroundandpayattentiontotheworld.IprefercityscenessinceIflunkedbiologyanddon’tknowthe namesoftreesorbirdsorrockformations,butIcanreadsignsandsensethestoriesofpeoplepassingby.Iwalkalonga busystreetthroughthesurgeofpedestrianismandifabuspullsuptoabusstopasIapproach,Iboardit,nomatterwhere it’sgoing,anditfeelslikedestiny—everythingIdidtodaywasperfectlytimedsoI’dbetherewhenthebusstopped—and thismakeseverythingmagicalwhenIgetoff—everythingwasmeanttobeseenbyme—thestreetpreachershouting somethingfromFirstCorinthians—theboysweavingaroundinskateboards—thestringquartetplayingMozartonthe corner by the coffeeshop — and a dog runs barking and a flock of pigeons rises up, the whooshing of wings.Andoneday,unintentionally,simplybecauseitwasthere,Iwalkedupthestepsintoalibraryandaroomoflongtableswith greenstudylampsandyoungpeoplestudyingmathsandwritingtermpapersontheirlaptops;nochatter,novideogames, allbusiness;thechildrenofcabdriversandcleaningladiesandtheladiesatthenailsalon.Itwasasacredplace,thechildren redeemingthelovingsacrificesofthesaints,climbingthesteepslopetobelawyersanddoctors,andinthatroom,IfeltI’d come to the very heart of the city, what it’s all about. Look no further. The future is in this room, studying. There is hope, and plenty of it.‘Letter from America’ ~ Garrison KeillorBroadcaster, musical host and raconteurWorship SongTHIS IS JESUS‘Gas Street Music’ - featuring Jeremy RiddleComposers: Jeremy Riddle, Matt Redman, Nick Herbert, Tim HughesLyrics and Chord sheetIntercessions Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:For the service men and women who have died in war, each one remembered by and known to God;may God give peace.God give peace.For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;may God give peace.God give peace.For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; may God give peace.God give peace.For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror;may God give peace.God give peace.For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free;may God give peace.God give peace.For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, diplomatic, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace;may God give peace.God give peace.O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.Amen.Closing PrayersO God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.Amen.God grant to the living grace, to the departed rest, to the world and all its people unity, peace and concord …and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting;and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with me and remain with us always.Amen.Through everything I experience this coming week, with all its ups and downs and various emotions …… help me to hold fast to the joy and hope your resurrection brings. Amen.____________________________________________Postlude “The Last Post ceremony”at Menin Gate, Ypres, BelgiumFollowingtheMeninGateMemorialopeningin1927,thecitizensofYpreswantedtoexpresstheirgratitudetowardsthosewhohadgiventheir livesforBelgium'sfreedom.Henceeveryeveningat20:00,buglersfromtheLastPostAssociationclosetheroadwhichpassesunderthe memorial and sound the "Last Post"OntheeveningthatPolishforcesliberatedYpresintheSecondWorldWar,on6September1944theceremonywasresumedattheMenin Gate despite the fact that heavy fighting was still taking place in other parts of the town.