Remembrance 100 – 100 years,
100 days and two minutes of silence
On Sunday, 4 August 1918, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4 August 1918 should be observed as a National Day of Prayer.
One hundred days later the war ended.
On 4 August 2018 churches across the country, across the spectrum of denominations, will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation, called Remembrance 100.
100 Days of Peace and Hope
HOPE, the charity which co-published The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, is coordinating this season of prayers for peace. Church leaders, Christian ministries, charities and members of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth have provided prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities. These 100 Days of Peace and Hope have been collated online at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days. They are available free to be used by individuals, churches and schools in villages, towns and cities across the UK to reflect on the losses of war, and to work and pray for peace.
In his introduction to 100 Days of Peace and Hope Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby writes, ‘From 4 August 2018, in churches across this country, let us mark 100 days with prayers for peace, hope and reconciliation.’
Rev Nims Obunge, The Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and CEO of The Peace Alliance, explains the impact Remembrance 100 could have in communities: ‘Plan to organise a peace prayer event, community peace talks, a peace festival, a peace arts and poetry competition, peace projects and many more community building activities.’
Silence – a gift book for Remembrance
A commemorative booklet called Silence has also been produced for churches to give away at Remembrance events. Silence includes many familiar Remembrance epitaphs, poems and exhortations and aims to help all those attending Remembrance services to engage with God in the two minutes silence.
On Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will observe Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to mark the centenary of the end of
World War 1. Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director, says: ‘As well as reflecting on loss, this year also gives us the chance to look forward as we mark the end of World War 1 and pray for peace. We have set up Remembrance 100 in partnership with others, to help churches bring communities together to mark this significant point in our history. Already there are many ways in which communities, churches and schools can get involved.’
Click here to see a preview of Silence.
Many organisations and denominations are working together to provide Remembrance100 resources for local churches and communities. These include the Armed Forces Christian Union, Bible Society, Christian Vision for Men, Church of England, Churches Together in England, Deo Gloria Trust, HOPE, Lifewords, the Methodist Church in Britain, the Peace Alliance, the United Reformed Church, Scripture Union, Sports Chaplaincy UK, and the World Prayer Centre.
Click here to see the 4 August 1918 Order of Service for the National Day of Prayer.
For more information visit www.hopetogether.org.uk/remembrance or www.remembrance100.co.uk or contact the HOPE office: 01788 542782
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