• Reverend Dan Stork Banks

VE Day Celebration Service

VE DAY 75th Anniversary Celebration.

A service of thanksgiving

The Greeting and Introduction

Heaviness may endure for a night: All But joy comes in the morning​.

God has been our refuge and our strength:

All Apresent help in time of trouble.

Dear friends,

we have come together on this day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, when the sounds of war fell silent on this continent. We come together conscious of our need for God’s forgiveness for the sin and the desire to dominate others that leads to conflict between people, and war between nations. And as we remember the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen who gave their lives restraining evil and opposing tyranny, so we also come in thanksgiving for the years of peace that the nations of Europe have enjoyed since the Second World War. We gather joyfully today, as those who gathered on that first Victory day, glad of each other’s company, and grateful for the laughter and love that follows times of sadness and loss. But above all things, let us pray that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven, as we join our voices together and say:

All Our Father...

Psalm 42 1 ​As the deer pants for streams of water, ​so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 ​My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ​When can I go and meet with God? 3 ​My tears have been my food ​day and night, while people say to me all day long, ​“Where is your God?” 4 ​These things I remember ​as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God ​under the protection of the Mighty One​ with shouts of joy and praise

​among the festive throng. 5 ​Why, my soul, are you downcast? ​Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, ​for I will yet praise him, ​my Savior and my God. 6 ​My soul is downcast within me; ​therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, ​the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 ​Deep calls to deep ​in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers ​have swept over me. 8 ​By day the Lord directs his love, ​at night his song is with me— ​a prayer to the God of my life. 9 ​I say to God my Rock, ​“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning, ​oppressed by the enemy?” 10 ​My bones suffer mortal agony ​as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ​“Where is your God?” 11 ​Why, my soul, are you downcast? ​Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, ​for I will yet praise him, ​my Savior and my God.

Silent reflection

Collect for Peace

Lord God, all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works come from you. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments. Defend us also from the fear of our enemies that we may live in peace and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

‘​The call to be reconciled The welcoming joy of God God’s promised time of peace Living safely and at peace Your salvation is near to those who fear you, All that glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

All that glory may dwell in our land.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. AllYour salvation is near to those who fear you, that glory may dwell in our land.


For those who served and died in World War II O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those men and women who have died in active service, particularly in the Second World War, whose sacrifice brought Victory in Europe. As we honour their courage and cherish their memory,

may we put our faith in your future;

for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. ​Amen.

For those who serve today O Lord God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray, your almighty arm to strengthen and protect our service men and women.

Support them in times of conflict,

and in their rest and training keep them safe from all evil;

endue them with courage and loyalty;

and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the peace of the world O God, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace; that the design of your great love lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows and give peace to your church, peace among nations,

peace in our dwellings and peace in our hearts;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind,

in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering,

and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.

Responsory O Lord our God,

as we remember, teach us the ways of peace.

As we treasure memories, teach us to hope.

As we give thanks for the sacrifices of the past,

help us to make your future in this world,

until your kingdom come. A l l Am e n .

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:

kindle in the hearts of all people the true love of peace;

and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom

those who take counsel for the nations of the earth;

that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,

till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. A l l Am e n .

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth,

and all who are in authority under her;

that they may order all things in wisdom and equity, righteousness and peace,

to the honour of your name,

and the good of your Church and people;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. All Amen​.

The Blessing

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; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come down upon you and remain with you always.

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