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Sunday 8th November 2020 Service cancelled 

Sadly, as churches have been ordered to close on 5th November, our Remembrance Sunday Service has been cancelled.

We can still show our gratitude and respect for those who lost their lives in conflicts. You may like to stand outside your house for the two minute silence at 11am or perhaps display a poppy at your window or driveway. The British Legion have created two posters for the occasion to download and print In colour or To colour yourself.

Our collection at St Giles' would have been sent to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and they will really be missing the support from all the parades and services cancelled this year. Click here to make a donation online instead.

We will not be producing our own podcast this week. Instead, here is a link to the Diocese of Oxford Church at Home service.

Last but not least, please pray for those whose lives have been lost or continue to be affected by war and conflict, those left behind and those who work for peace across the world. Here are some ideas from Roots on the Web to help you pray.

A prayer of petition for those affected by war

God of justice and peace,
we pray for those who have been injured
or disabled through war.
For those who have lost homes
and security through conflict;
for those who have lost loved relatives in wars;
for those who face danger and take risks for peace;
for all those, especially children, caught up in current conflicts;
for refugees and all those in need of aid and other help.
God of encouragement
and Saviour of the despairing,
comfort those who remember past sacrifices
and guide us in building
a just and peaceful community for all.

"It's difficult to see the point of wearing a poppy"

God, it's difficult to see the point of wearing a poppy,
or what difference two minutes' silence will make
when we could be shouting protests.
But we can recognise a broken life being valued,
a gift being given,
and taking two minutes to reflect on how much we have.
We look to the future, not to the past.
We cannot change what has been
but do not need to repeat its mistakes.
So as old and young come together before you,
take the very best of our lives;
bind us into one people of faith
and help us to share our common values,
love of Jesus and care for each other;
to build dreams,
and, with your Holy Spirit,
turn them into reality.

At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we will remember them.

Heather McDowell, 06/10/2020