Remembrance Sunday

Today, 11th November at 11am is exactly 100 years since the Armistice in the First World War took effect and the guns fell silent. So today in all our services we think of those who lost their lives in that great conflict and all subsequent conflicts including the Second World War.
We gather in the Peace Garden at Affpuddle Church at 9am and our Parish Communion starts at 9.15. There will be an act of Remembrance at the Bladen Valley War Memorial at 11am.
At Bere Regis we gather at 10.50 at the War Memorial (the procession leaves the Scout Hut around 10.30) and we then move into Church for our Remembrance Day Service. Later, at 7pm the parish beacon will be lit on Souls’ Moor. There will be refreshments a little later at the Scout Hut and songs from the First World War. 
Collect for today  
Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in thy 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 liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
The Old Testament Reading:  Micah 4, verses 2-5
  Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’
  The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
  He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far  and wide.
  They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
  Nation will not take up sword against nation nor will they train for war any more.
  Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig-tree,
and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
  All the nations may walk in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
The Gospel Reading:  John 15, verses 9 to 17
    ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: love each other.
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                      We pray for your Christians everywhere who may be subject to violence or discrimination because of their faith: give them courage and strength and perseverance                ~may the Church be a vehicle for peace and justice not just here in our country but throughout the world                ~we pray for our Archbishops Justin and John and our Bishops Nicholas and  Karen and all who minister in  the  Christian faith           ~we continue our prayers for all involved in change in our benefice and we  ask for guidance and support for Charles and Felicity as they look forward to their move              ~ we pray for the Church in the Sudan and South Sudan: today for the Diocese of Wonduruba,     and for the Rt Revd Matthew Taban Peter its bishop.  
For the world and its leaders
We pray that world leaders  turn away from war, genocide, torture, and violence           ~ for an end to suffering  in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere                 ~we pray for constructive talks to take place to end civil war in Yemen                           ~for all in need of food, clean water and decent sanitation                  ~we pray for brave decisions to be taken and implemented to save life on our planet : thinking among many things of plastic waste, air pollution and the loss of precious habitat         ~for our country and continent we pray for all those involved in Brexit negotiations
 For our parishes and community   
We give thanks to those who work to defend us thinking of those based locally – Bovington Camp, Lulworth, Blandford and Poole Marine base         ~we pray for those in training or preparing to join our forces           ~locally for Scouts, Guides and other groups                 ~and for all those who have been members of the armed forces and whose lives have been influenced by it           ~we pray for all who are homeless or under threat of homelessness  locally,  and for affordable housing for young people                  ~and for those receiving from local foodbanks and all who keep the system going
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
~We pray for all in hospital and for those awaiting treatment, operation or the outcome of tests                ~for all carers and those who give support            ~for those whose faculties are deteriorating and for all with dementia                         ~ and in our parishes for Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, Mary Fegan, Kirstin Duffield, Rene Philips, Mary England  and Peter Taylor        
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
On the centenary of the end of The Great War we lift the souls of all killed in that conflict to your grace and love ~we think of all killed in subsequent wars and raise them to you in prayer            ~and so we  remember before you Lord, any in our own loves we have known and loved, we have known and loved         ~and we commend to you the souls of those from our parishes who have died recently: Alan Godden,  Colin Jutting and Edwin House                    ~ we pray for all  in grief at the loss of those close to them
Post Communion  Prayer  
   O God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion upon the anguish of the world and, by thy healing power, make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
                     They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
                         Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. 
                         At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
                             We will remember them.                                               (Laurence Binyon)
To further mark the cessation of hostilities in WW1 Artsreach are performing “The Gathering” this afternoon at Briantspuddle (see magazine and notices for details ) and on Saturday 17th November there is an exhibition and tea dance at Briantspuddle (again see mag/notices for details)
Services next Sunday  18th November:             
8.00am   Affpuddle: Holy Communion           
10.00am  Bere Regis: Parish Communion           
6.00pm  Bere Regis: Evensong
Informal Advent study meetings looking at well-loved carols will take place over 4 weeks in each of the parishes commencing Mon 26th November (Affpuddle, evenings) and Thursday 29th (Bere R, mornings)