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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
8th November 2015

SERVICE OF CHORAL EVENSONG


AND ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

WELCOME TO THE ROBIN CHAPEL.


This chapel is a memorial of a beloved son, erected by his sorrowing
parents; it embodies and symbolises the wider spirit of Christian
charity and unity. It witnesses to the common heritage, the family of
all humankind, in a celebration of life in all its fullness here in this
unique chapel where the love of God dwells and all are welcome.
The Chapel stands as a witness to the lives of all those who have
given, and still give, their lives in the cause of others and, as a house
of prayer, continues to pray for peace in the world. Today in this act
of remembrance, we remember them.

Drawing used by courtesy of Professor John Hume, Scotlands Churches Scheme

Chaplain
The Reverend Thomas Coupar
Chairman of the Thistle Trust
Julian Birchall
Director of Music
Simon Nieminski
Organist
Morley Whitehead
The Robin Chapel Choir
Verger
Dr Teodor Borz
Trumpeter
Christopher Dickson
Highland Band, Royal Regiment of Scotland
Piper
Ian Wilson

Please stand as the Choir and Clergy enter.


WELCOME
HYMN
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on ;
The night is dark, and I am far from home ;
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene, one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
Oer moor and fen, oer crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
Words: Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
Tune: Lux Benigna (John Bachus Dykes)

The Lord be with you.


And with thy Spirit.
Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world; its pride, its
selfishness, its greed; its evil divisions and hatreds. Let us confess our share
in what is wrong, and our failure to seek and establish that peace which God
wills for his children.
Please sit or kneel
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from
thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and
desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We

have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we
have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is
no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable
offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore
thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto
mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father;
for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober
life; To the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all
goodness, and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ACT OF REMEMBRANCE
We are met this day to glorify God whose power sustains the world; to
remember with thanksgiving those who lived and died in the service of our
country; and to ask for Gods help and blessing, that we may be worthy of
their sacrifice each day of our life.
Let us pray.
Most gracious God, Father of all mercies, we offer our thanks for the bounty
of your providence and for the renewing liberty of your grace. We rejoice in
our inheritance in holy things, and in the freedom and peace in which we
live. Especially on this day we give thanks for the remembrance we are
privileged to make of those companions of our way whose lives were given
in time of war and whose names are forever remembered here in this
Chapel. Amen.
Please stand
Let us remember the kindness of God, and his favour to us in our time of
need. Let us remember those who were wounded in the fight; those who
perished in air raids at home; those who fell in battle, and are buried at sea,
or in some corner of a foreign field; and especially those whom we have
known and loved, whose place is forever in our hearts. We remember Robin
Tudsbery, who like so many showed courage, devotion to duty, and selfsacrifice in the cause of others. Let us remember our enemies, whose homes
and hearts are bereft as ours, whose dead lie also in a living tomb of

everlasting remembrance. Let us remember those who came back; those


whose lives still bear the scars of war; those who lost sight or limbs or
reason; those who lost faith in God and hope for humanity. We remember
those who came back to live here in the Thistle Foundation. Let us
remember the continuing grace of God, whose love holds all souls in life, and
to whom none is dead but all are alive for ever.
LAST POST
CHOIR
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.
Words: Laurence Binyon
Music: Douglas Guest

THE LAMENT
LAYING OF WREATHS
The Blues & Royals Wreath: Major Graeme Hutchison
KOSB Wreath: Colonel Jim Wilson
Chapel Wreath: Thistle Veterans
SILENCE
REVEILLE
KOHIMA EPITAPH read by Mr Julian Tudsbery, Family Member, Trustee
When you go home
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow
we gave our today.
Let us pray.
Please sit or kneel
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.
May the example of their devotion inspire us, that we may be taught to live
by those who learned to die. And at the last, grant that we, being faithful till

death, may receive with them the crown of life that never fades; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PSALM 46 (please remain seated)
God is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved:
and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea.
Though the waters thereof rage and swell:
and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.
The rivers of the flood thereof shall make glad the city of God:
the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.
God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed:
God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved:
but God hath shewed his voice, and the earth shall melt away.
The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.
O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord:
what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.
He maketh wars to cease in all the world: he breaketh the bow, and
knappeth the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.
Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the
heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Chant by T.T. Noble

1st LESSON 2 Samuel 1:17-27


read by Mr Julian Birchall, Chairman, Thistle Trust
ANTHEM
They that go down to the sea in ships: and occupy their business in
great waters; These men see the works of the Lord: and his
wonders in the deep. For at his word the stormy wind ariseth:
which lifteth up the waves thereof. They are carried up to the
heavn, and down again to the deep: their soul melteth away

because of the trouble. They reel to and fro and stagger like a
drunken man: and are at their wits end. So when they cry unto the
Lord in their trouble: he delivreth them out of their distress. For
he maketh the storm to cease: so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they are at rest: and so he bringeth
them unto the haven where they would be.
Words: Psalm 107: 23-30
Music: Herbert Sumsion

2nd LESSON Psalm 144: 1-15


read by Lt Col Paddy Williams MC, The Blues and Royals
CREED
We believe that God is Spirit,
And they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
We believe that God is Light,
And if we walk in the Light, as He is in the light,
we have fellowship one with an other.
We believe that God is Love,
And everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God,
And that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
We believe that we are children of God,
And that He hath given us of His Spirit.
We believe that, if we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
We believe that the world passeth away, and the lust thereof,
But he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever
LORD'S PRAYER setting by Richard Langdon
1st COLLECT for the Armed Forces
Almighty God, stretch forth thy mighty arm to strengthen and protect the
armed forces: grant that meeting danger with courage and all occasions
with discipline and loyalty, they may truly serve the cause of justice and
peace to the honour of thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2nd COLLECT for Peace


O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do
proceed: give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;that
both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by
thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in
rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
3rd COLLECT for Aid against all Perils
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only
Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
PRAYER OF KING HENRY VI
O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast created and redeemed me,
and hast brought me hither where I am:
Thou knowest what Thou wouldst do with me.
Do with me according to Thy will, with mercy.
Amen.
HYMN
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
Words: Sir Cecil Spring Rice
Tune: Thaxted (Gustav Holst)

ADDRESS Revd Cole Maynard Deputy Assistant Chaplain General

DOXOLOGY
Now to Him who loved us, gave us
Every pledge that love could give,
Freely shed His blood to save us,
Gave His life that we may live,
Be the kingdom and dominion
And the glory evermore.
Words: Samuel Miller Waring
Tune: Robin Chapel Melody (Sir Francis Tudsbery, 1954)

PRAYERS
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lords,
the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all dwellers
upon earth; most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our
most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth; and so replenish her with
the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may always incline to thy will, and walk
in thy way; endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant that she may
vanquish all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain
everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the creator and Preserver of all mankind, we commend to thy
fatherly goodness all those, who are in any ways afflicted, or distressed, in
mind, body, or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them
according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their
sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for
Jesus Christ, his sake. Amen.
Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household of The Thistle Foundation, and
all who worship within the Robin Chapel, in continual godliness; that
through thy protection they may be free from all adversities, and devoutly
given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy Holy Apostle hast called us to put on the
armour of God and to take the sword of the Spirit, give thy grace, we pray
thee, to The Blues and Royals that they may fight manfully under thy banner
against all evil, and waiting on thee to renew their strength, may mount up
with wings as eagles, in thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father
and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Remember, O Lord, all those who have died the death of honour and are
departed in the hope of resurrection to Eternal Life, especially the Officers,
Men and Women of our Sea, Land, and Air Forces, who laid down their lives
for the cause of Freedom and Justice. In that place of light, whence sorrow
and mourning are far vanished, give them rest, O Lord, the Lover of all.
Grant this for thine only Son, Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do
give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and
loving-kindness to us, and to all people; We bless thee for our creation,
preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine
inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus
Christ; for the means of grace and for the hope of glory. And, we
beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts
may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not
only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy
service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all
our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the
Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
HYMN
Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written,
Full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned Thy goodness,
And we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness,
One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Through many a day of darkness,
Through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely,
To guard the nations life,
Their Gospel of redemption,
Sin pardoned, man restored,
Was all in this enfolded,
One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

And we, shall we be faithless?


Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
And cast away our crown?
Not so: in Gods deep counsels
Some better thing is stored:
We will maintain, unflinching,
One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Thy mercy will not fail us,
Nor leave Thy work undone;
With Thy right hand to help us,
The victory shall be won;
And then, by men and angels,
Thy name shall be adored,
And this shall be their anthem,
One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
Words: E.H. Plumptre
Tune: Thornbury (Basil Harwood)

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, the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you, and all those whom you
love, this night and always.
CHORAL AMEN setting by T.T. Noble
NATIONAL ANTHEM arr. Sir Edward Elgar
ORGAN VOLUNTARY
Mendelssohn Allegro maestoso e vivace & Fuga (Sonata II)

THE ROBIN CHAPEL


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