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Talk, prayers and readings from our Memorial Service 

On Wednesday 06 November we held our 'A Time to Remember' service in Church. Please find below Tom Peryer's talk, prayers and readings from the service.

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Prayers and Readings


And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.From a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins and made famous because George VI quoted it in his 1939 Christmas broadcast to the nation and the empire.
 
For Peace of Heart
O Lord God, in whom we live and move and have our being, open our eyes that we may behold your fatherly presence ever with us. Draw our hearts to you with the power of your love. Teach us to be anxious for nothing, and when we have done what you give us to do, help us, O God our Saviour, to leave the issue to your wisdom. Take from us all doubt and mistrust. Lift our hearts up to you in heaven, and make us to know that all things are possible to us through your Son our Redeemer.
Prayers of Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, 1825 – 1901.
 
From the Book of Common Prayer
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then Lord, in Thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last - through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Even such is time
Even such is time that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and dust;
Who, in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days:
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
Sir Walter Raleigh
 
A Prayer for Wisdom
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90 10-12
 
God’s love shall never slacken
I learned that love was our Lord’s meaning.
and I saw for certain, both here and elsewhere,
that before he ever made us, God loved us;
and that his love has never slackened, nor ever shall.
In this love all his works have been done,
and in this love he has made everything serve us;
and in this love our life is everlasting.
Our beginning was when we were made,
but the love in which he made us never had any beginning.
In this we have our beginning.
All this we shall see in God for ever.
May Jesus grant this.
Mother Julian of Norwich
 
All mankind is of one Author and is in one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators: some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation; and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.
John Donne
 
Spirit of Love
When love is the spirit of your life … it will always live and work in love, not because of this or that, here or there, but because the spirit of love can only love, wherever it is or goes and whatever is done to it. As sparks know no motion but that of flying upwards, whether it be in the darkness if the night or in the light of the day, so the spirit of love is always on the same course. It knows no difference of time, place or persons but whether it gives or forgives, bears or forbears, it is equally doing it owns delightful work … for the spirit of love is its own blessing and happiness because it is the truth and reality of God in the soul.’
William Law (1686 – 1761) from ‘The Spirit of Love’
 
Death
Death is not the master of the house; he is only the porter of the king's lodge
John Henry Jowett (1863-22 Famous Congregational Preacher)
 
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti

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