Remembrance Day 2001
Monday, November 12, 2001 9:30 am
Ben Calf Robe School
Call to the gym (over p.a.): Imagine -- John Lennon Opening Hymn: Prayer of St. Francis Explanation of Remembrance: S. McGuinness On November 11, people across Canada stop to reflect and remember more than 100,000 Canadian servicemen and women who died fighting for our freedom. This is why November 11 is called Remembrance Day – the day we wear a poppy as a reminder of the blood red flower that grows in the fields where many of these men and women have died. The poppy helps us to remember these people, and to never forget them. When we wear the poppy, we reflect on the hope that has been given to us – a hope for a good future for all. As we remember the past, so must we remember the people who are fighting for us today. We remember the many lives lost on September 11, and we pray for the safe return of our soldiers in active duty in the Persian Gulf. We pray for the evil that destroys mankind be eliminated as countries work together to resume peace in the world. Choral Reading: In Flanders Fields: by students in K-6 Song: BCR Choir: Hero Reading: M. Graves Matthew 5: 38 - 48 You have heard that it was said, “Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous . If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. This the Word of the Lord (Thanks be to God) Moment of Silence: S. McGuinness Let us now bow our heads and close our eyes and spend a moment in silence in honour and respect for those who gave their lives so that we may have freedom and peace. Let us think about how we can do God’s work and help bring peace to the world through our actions. Moment of Silence Taps: The Scottish Soldier Laying of Wreaths: Hymn: Let There Be Peace On Earth Closing Prayer: J. Bolton Psalm 61 O God, Listen to me! Hear my prayer! For wherever I am, though far away at the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help. When my heart is faint and overwhelmed, lead me to the might, towering Rock of safety. For you are my refuge, a high tower where my enemies can never reach me. I shall live forever in your tabernacle, oh, to be safe beneath the shelter of your wings! For you have heard my vows, O God! To praise you every day, and you have given me the blessings you reserve for those who reverence your name. You will give me added years of life, as rich and full as those of many generations, all packed into one. And I shall live before the Lord forever. Oh, send your loving kindness and truth to guard and watch over me, and I will praise your name continuously, fulfilling my vow of praising you each day. Amen. Closing Song: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?