Online service for Remembrance Sunday

The Benefice of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk, Gilling East and Stonegrave

We come together wherever we are but in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all who, in bereavement, disability and pain, continue to suffer the consequences of armed conflict and terrorism.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.

The Fallen of Ampleforth


Thomas Hubert Benson      Joseph Preston
Hills Bamber                         Edwin Shepherd
Reginald Bradley                  William Shepherd
Harry Brough                        William Sowray
Philip Brown                         Herbert Thompson
George Chase                       Louis Thompson
Herbert Fox                           Donald White  
Thomas Hartas                     George Henry Worthy    
Walter Kerr                            Thomas Wright      
John McEvoy                          
Lawrence McEvoy                          
Arthur James Nichol               1939-1945
Wardle Nicholson                    Stephen Brown                
Gordon Nicholson                   Ronald Butcher
Sidney James Pearson           Vivian Howkins

John Perry                                John Hutchinson
Lawrence Pinder                      Arthur Wright

The Fallen of Gilling

1914 – 1918

Ernest Borissow
George Henry Brough
William R Charter
Percy Church
Ernest Clark
John England
Alfred Ewbank
Robert Harper
John MacGathan
Edwin Pybus MM
George Skilbeck
William Williamson


Harold Barlow

The Fallen of Oswaldkirk

1914 – 1918

Richard Johnson
George Skilbeck
Albert Trenholme
Gordon Trenholme


William Osborne
They shall grow not old, as we that 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.

 The Last Post

Two minutes silence


Ever living God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence. May that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 in 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.


O valiant hearts
sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields

O valiant hearts who to your glory came
through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
as who had heard God’s message from afar;
all you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
to save mankind – yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
into the light that nevermore shall fade;
deep your contentment in the blest abode,
who wait the last clear trumpet-call of God.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
whose cross has brought them and who staff has led,
in glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
commits her children to thy gracious hand.

Sir John S. Arkwright (1872-1954)

First Reading – Amos 5.18-24

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God give us peace.
For the servicemen and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered and known to God.
God give us peace
God give us peace

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss.
God give us peace
God give us 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.
God give us peace
God give us peace

For civilian men, women and children whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity.
God give us peace
God give us 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 dignity as we 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 forever.

Eternal Father, strong to save
sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields


1       Eternal Father, strong to save,
         whose arm doth bind the restless wave,
         who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
         its own appointed limits keep:
         O hear us when we cry to thee
         for those in peril on the sea.

2       O Saviour whose almighty word
         the winds and waves submissive heard,
         who walkedst on the foaming deep,
         and calm amid its rage didst sleep:
         O hear us when we cry to thee
         for those in peril on the sea.

3       O sacred Spirit, who didst brood
         upon the chaos dark and rude,
         who badst its angry tumult cease,
         and gavest light and life and peace:
         O hear us when we cry to thee
         for those in peril on the sea.

4       O Trinity of love and power,
         our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
         from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
         protect them whereso’er they go:
         and ever let there rise to thee
         glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

William Whiting (1825-1878)

Second Reading – Matthew 25.1-13

The Address by Ian Henley, Reader

O God our help in ages past
sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields

1       O God, our help in ages past,
         our hope for years to come,
         our shelter from the stormy blast,
         and our eternal home;

2       Under the shadow of thy throne
         thy saints have dwelt secure;
         sufficient is thine arm alone,
         and our defence is sure.

3       Before the hills in order stood,
         or earth received her frame,
         from everlasting thou art God,
         to endless years the same.

4       A thousand ages in thy sight
         are like an evening gone;
         short as the watch that ends the night
         before the rising sun.

5       Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
         bears all its sons away;
         they fly forgotten, as a dream
         dies at the opening day.

6       O God, our help in ages past,
         our hope for years to come,
         be thou our guard while troubles last,
         and our eternal home.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

Will you strive for all that makes for peace
We will

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war
We will

Will you work for a just future for all humanity
We will

Merciful God,
We offer to you the fears in us
That have not yet been cast out by love:
May we accept the hope you have placed
In the hearts of all people,
And live lives of justice, courage and mercy;
Through Jesus Christ, our risen redeemer. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life:hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; fulfil in them the purpose of your love, and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The National Anthem

God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth
and all people peace and concord
and to us and all his servants life everlasting.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore.

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