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We will remember them!  

Rembering the Dead of all Wars!

     The readings of the Easter season focus on the postive outcomes of the passion and death of Jesus. The central Christian theme is not unrelated to the ANZAC theme of today; of remembering all those who have made the supreme sacrifice in war.
     We gather today to hear more about the good news of God's victory, in Jesus, over the power of death. On this ANZAC Day we remember the events at Gallipoli's ANZAC Cove and all the men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for our country in wartime.
 

gathering prayer:

[ The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of God's holy Spirit.   Avoid an over-wordy gathering rite.
Opening Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
]

 
Presider:
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
 
Assembly:
Amen
Pirihi:
Ki te ingoa o te Matua,
o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu:
 
Iwi:
Amene

Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 

[ SAMPLE ]   Penitential Act

 
Presider:
Blessed are all
who were faithful to the call
to serve their country:
Presider:
Those whose memory we recall
believed their sacrifice
would set us free.
We are free
but we act as if their sacrifice
makes no difference! - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
( E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
( E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou. )
 
Presider:
Those whose memory we honour today;
gave their lives
that we might live in peace.
We do live in peace
but we have stopped
working for peace
and we leave it for others to do: - ( pause ) -
CHRIST, have mercy:
( E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou: )
 
Assembly:
CHRIST, have mercy.
( E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou. )
 
Presider:
Those whose dying we celebrate today,
believed in life.
The way they died signalled
a new birth
- a resurrection!
We are alive -
but we act as though
there is no resurrection
by failing to forgive: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
( E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy:
( E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou. )
 
Presider:
May the God of peace-makers,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to a new way of living:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

GLORIA:

( Omitted )

 

opening prayer:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray. ]

Let us pray: . . ,
( Kia īnoi tātou: . . , )
[ Pause for silent prayer . . ; ]
Almighty everlasting God,
who sent your Son
to die that we might live,
grant, we pray, eternal rest
to those who gave themselves
in service and sacrifice for their country:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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the readings:

[ The commentator focuses on giving a brief context of the readings, including the gospel, so that those who are going to hear the readings, are ready to receive what is being offered in the reading itself. ]

 

the first reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

Isaiah announces the coming of a new ruler and the nature of this rule. Historically there is a link with the ideology of the Davidic kings. But instead of pointing to success for a new ruler's armies, the prophet speaks about the victory of "justice" and "uprightness".
 
Reader 1:
Isaiah 9 : 1 - 6
 
the response:
Psalm 126 (125) : 5
 
Assembly:
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy!
 

the second reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

The writer urges that reconciliation to God, through the death of Christ, has broken the power of evil and the long-standing separation between Hebrews and non-Hebrews!
 
Reader 2:
Ephesians 2 : 13 - 18
 

the Gospel:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

In replying to a request from some Greek-speaking Hebrew worshippers in Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus, who is facing His own imminent death, thinks in terms of God's covenant plan for the salvation of all humanity.
 
Presider/Deacon:
John 12 : 23 - 28
 

Reflection:

[ A brief reflection which links the liturgy of the Word with the liturgy of the Eucharist. It seeks to clarify the significance of these texts for life beyond the liturgical assembly. Hearing of the Word of God when the scriptures are read & experiencing the Presence of God in the action of the Eucharistic Prayer, reinforces the unity of the "good news" for the practise of discipleship. The reflection that follows is an address to be given at the dawn memorial service at Wellsford, NZ. ]

     ”As the dawn-light is now about to pierce the night, so let the memory of those who did not return, inspire us to work for the coming of the new light into the dark places of the world
– we will remember them” ( parade commander's announcement )

      Another sign to inspire us is the presence of many families here. In particular the children from Wellsford Primary School. Together with their teachers and parents they have been working by their art and poetry, to honour the memory of all who served in wartime and peace-keeping actions. Some of you will have seen the display of their work in the RSA rooms last week. Service men assure me that such acknowledgement by families is a great comfort to them. In a short time we'll hear some of the childrens' poems.

     Anzac Day focuses on the events at Gallipoli, but the people we remember this morning, served in every theatre of war and peace-keeping. I remember my father, who enlisted on the 19th April 1915 - thats a few weeks before the Gallipoli campaign. He served in the Western Front; he was present when mechanised tanks were introduced into warfare; he was twice wounded in one of the battles of the Somme; and a few months after the declaration of the Armistice, he entered Germany in the army of occupation. In all, he served in the artillery for 4 years and 83 days.

      I remember asking my father why he enlisted. He replied that it was what people at the time expected young men to do. Another memory of my Dad. When WW II broke out, he volunteered again, this time for the Air Force. By the end of the war he was CFI (chief flying instructor) at Harewood in Christchurch. As the flying school closed he inherited the course photographs of the pilots he had trained. Someone had noted the casualties by marking the photos of the trainee pilots' hat badges with red ink. Photograph after photograph, had liberal markings in red; more than a third of those in the photos, who trained at Harewood, later lost their lives.

      These reminders that it wasn't only at Gallipoli – but at the Somme, on Crete, in the Western Desert, at Monte Cassino, at sea, and in the air; in times of war and in times of peace-keeping; our army, navy and air force personnel have served us unselfishly and bravely.

      Many of you could match my story with memories of your own family member/s. Your stories and mine would be similar. Such stories stir a sense of community in us – of what it means to be together in adversity.

      There is another story – the story of Easter – about an empty tomb! Christians believe the empty tomb is a sign of resurrection – of God's victory over death! We express confidence that the tombs of all those who died in service of our country, are also empty!

      We believe their sacrifice is not in vain, because to paraphrase the opening words of the parade commander: “As the dawn has now pierced the night, the memory of those who served, inspires us to work for the coming of the new light into the dark places of the world – we will remember them”.

LET US PRAY:

Let us pray for peace:
in our homes; our neighbourhood; our country and our world . . ,

We pray for the dead in all wars,
in thanksgiving for their sacrifice.
May the God of mercy welcome them
into lasting peace.

We pray for our country,
in thanksgiving for its influence on us.
In times of sorrow and strife,
may we find strength,
in the support of unselfish and brave people.

We pray for all who have died
since returning from their war service;
their influence still shapes us.
May we hold their memory close
and find comfort in the knowledge
that they are rewarded
by a loving and merciful God.

We pray for the families
our service men and women left behind;
May a lively memory of our loved ones
cause us never take for granted
what our family members have done.
May we keep working for peace
in our home, neighbourhood, country and world.
We pray these prayers
in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with God the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and always. Amen.
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The Creed:

 

Assembly:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only son, our Lord,
[ At the words that follow, up to
and including: 'the virgin Mary', all bow.
]

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God
the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.>
 

intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:

  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the Presider;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the Presider. Where these are taken from a book, the most appropriate ones for that day should be chosen, especially those which relate the the readings or homily;
  • An invitation to the congregation to offer their own intentions. It is helpful if these can be organised to some extent beforehand;
  • If there are special events in the community or special needs for prayer which have not so far been mentioned, the Presider could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the Presider. ]
 

[ SAMPLE PRAYERS ]

 
Presider:
Let us pray for peace,
in our homes
in our neighbourhood
in our country
and in our world: . . ,
 
1:
Let us pray for our war dead;
in thanksgiving for their sacrifice.
May the God of mercy
welcome them into lasting peace: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
2:
For our country, Aotearoa New Zealand,
in thanksgiving for its influence on us.
In times of sorrow and strife,
may we find strength and consolation
in the love and support
of unselfish and brave people:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
3:
For those who have died
since returning from war service.
Their influence shapes us still.
May we, who hold their memory
close to our hearts,
be comforted in the sure knowledge
they are rewarded by a loving
and merciful God:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
4:
For ourselves;
...................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
5:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
6:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
7:
For our sick: including N. & N..
May they have the comfort of Christ's presence
to relieve their distress, remove their fears,
give them peace, and restore their health: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
8:
For our beloved dead: including N. & N..
May they be welcomed into the community of saints,
and share in the joy of heaven:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
Presider:
Let us pray, for our personal needs: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear our prayer:
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou: )
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
( E te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou. )
 
Presider:
O God, our refuge and our strength
and source of all goodness . . ,
 ( E te Atua,e to matou whakarurunga, e to matou kaha,
  te puna on nga mea pai katoa. . , )
We pray for peace on Earth
in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and always............:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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Preparation of Gifts:

[ The Hymn is: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

prayer over the gifts:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray: . . , ]

Let us pray: . . ,
(Kia īnoi tātou: . . , )
[ Pause for silent prayer: . . , ]
Grant, O heavenly Father,
that the sacrifice of Christ,
who laid down his life for his friends,
may raise all those who have died in war
to the victory of eternal life:
 
Assembly:
AMEN.
 

Preface Prayer:

[ Preface III of Easter ]

 
Presider:
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
in all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but in this time above all
to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover
has been sacrificed.

He never ceases
to offer himself for us,
but defends us
and ever pleads our cause before you:
he is the sacrificial Victim
who dies no more;
the Lamb, once slain,
who lives for ever.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people,
exults in your praise,
and even the heavenly Powers,
with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn
of your glory, as they acclaim: . . ,
( Holy, holy, holy . . , )
 

Eucharistic Prayer:

[ Eucharistic Prayer II ]

 
Presider:
... [H]e took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU,
AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu to tinana
e huna nei i tenei taro ee.
 
Assembly:
HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI.
 
Presider:
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice and,
once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU,
AND DRINK FROM IT:
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW
AND ETERNAL COVENANT.
WHICH WILL WILL POURED OUT
FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu o toto e.
huna nei i tenei waina ee.
 
Assembly:
HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI, NAU MAI.
 
Presider:
The mystery of faith:
 
Assembly:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
 

The LORD's Prayer:

 

 
Presider:
At the Saviour's command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
 
Assembly:
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 . . ,
 
Pirihi:
I te whakahau a te
Kaiwhakaora ā, nā te akoranga atua,
ka māia tātou ki te kī atu:
 
Iwi:
E to mātou Matua i te rangi
kia whakatapua tōu ingoa;
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga,
kia whakaritea tōu hia hia
i te whenua kia pērā anō i tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei he taro mā
  mātou mo tēnei rā,
whakakāhoretia ō mātou hara,
me mātou e whakakore nei i ngā hara
  o te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou;
kaua mātou e tukua kia whakawaia,
ēngari whakaorangia mātou i te kino. . . ,
 

Holy Communion:

 

 
Presider:
Body of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko te Tinana o te Karaiti:
 
Iwi:
Amene.
 
Presider:
Blood of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko nga Toto o te Karaiti:
 
Iwi:
Amene.
 
 
[ Communion Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]
 

the sending:

[ The Presider focuses in the final prayer, blessing, gestures and movement, some central strands which relate this celebration of Eucharist to the world from which the people come and to which they now return. ]

 
Presider:
Let us pray: . . ,
(Kia īnoi tātou: . . , )
[ After a period of silent prayer: . . , ]
By our communion with this Sacrament, O Lord,
grant us, we pray, fortitude in the cause of right,
and may our remembrance of those who have died in war
make us ardent defenders of your peace.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
[ Any Announcements may now be made by the Presider
or another member of the assembly.
]
 

the blessing:

Presider:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent,
In the name of the God,
   who restored the beauty of God's image
   when death had scarred the world;
In the name of Jesus,
   who embraced us as God's own
   and fills us with longing for lasting peace;
In the name of the holy Spirit,
   who raised Jesus from the dead
   and extends the reigning of God's life;

To observe ANZAC Day;
to celebrate that the sacrifices of past
have not be in vain;
but are a sign of a new birth -
a resurrection!

To honour this gift,
we pledge to work for peace
in our families,
in our neighbourhood,
in our country
and in our world.

We ask the grace to do this,
through Him, who is our brother;
the Man of peace,
until we gather again.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
 
Pirihi:
Kio noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
 
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 
Presider:
May Almighty God bless us, ✠
the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.
 
Assembly:
Amen
 
Pirihi:
Kia whakapaingia koutou e te Atua kaha rawa,
e te Matua, e te Tamaiti, ✠ e te Wairua Tapu.
 
Iwi:
Amene
 
Presider/Deacon:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
 
Assembly:
Thanks be to God.
 
Pirihi:
Haere koutou, pānuitia te Rongo Pai a te Ariki.
 
Iwi:
Whakamoemiti ki te Atua.
 
 
[ Final Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
 

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