Remembrance Day Prayer

The History 12 class prepared and led our Remembrance Day service this week. The students did an incredible job of setting tone, sharing meaningful stories, and leading the student body in hymns and prayers. We thought we’d share the closing prayer from the service, which was prepared by History 12 students and was shared communally in a call-and-response format:

Holy God
You called all that is into being
and offered humanity life in all its fullness.
Yet we have allowed good relationships to be broken.
We have become distant from you and our neighbour.
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy upon us

At times we have failed to speak out for justice,
leaving the voiceless without an advocate.
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy upon us

We are loathe to take account of the many ways
in which we unwittingly profit
from the machinery of war and greed.
Still, we read the parables of Jesus
which fly in the face of social convention,
offending those who dare to listen.
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy upon us

 
To all who fall short of God’s glory
you offer pardon and peace.
Now the parables of Jesus offer a new vision;
now the servants dine and the masters serve,
now the last becomes the first and the first becomes last.
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
have mercy upon us.

November 10, 2016