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WELCOME

to S. Michael’s Ledbury commemoration of

VE Day 75 years on

Listen to

HM King George VI -
The Speech on Victory in Europe Day - 8 May 1945









Please join in singing
 
Now Thank We All Our God




Now thank we all our God

With hearts and hands and voices;

Who wondrous things has done,

In whom His world rejoices;

Who from our mother’s arms

Has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love,

And still is ours today.


O may this bounteous God

Through all our life be near us,

With ever joyful hearts

And blessed peace to cheer us;

And keep us in His grace,

And guide us when perplexed,

And free us from all ills

In this world and the next.


All praise and thanks to God

The Father now be given,

The Son, and Him who reigns

With them in highest heaven,

The one eternal God,

Whom earth and heaven adore;

For thus it was, is now,

And shall be ever more.



Psalm 145 verses 1 to 7  (NIV)
do read along if you’d like to












1 I will exalt You, my God the King;

I will praise Your name for ever and ever.

2 Every day I will praise You

and extol Your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

His greatness no-one can fathom.

4 One generation will commend Your works to another;

they will tell of Your mighty acts.

5 They will speak of the glorious splendour of Your majesty,

and I will meditate on Your wondrous  works.

6 They will tell of the power of Your awesome works,

and I will proclaim Your great deeds.

7 They will celebrate Your abundant goodness

and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

Amen.


Reflection by Bill MacKenzie








Let’s pause, remember and give thanks
reading aloud or silently as you prefer

Thanksgiving and Remembrance


Almighty God,

we thank You for the generations that have gone before us

and especially those who endured hardship,
fought evil and bore grievous suffering in World War II;

who this day 75 years ago joyfully celebrated victory and war’s ending in Europe.

   

We remember too, others who continued the fight in the Far East

whose victory would be celebrated in August of that year.


We rejoice that by their courage and tenacity, peace was won;
the peace that we have enjoyed to this day.


Almighty God,

today we remember all those who gave their lives in that great conflict

and those who have given their lives to keep us safe

for the following seventy five years.


As we appreciate the heritage of freedom which they won and kept for us,

we give thanks for their courage, their devotion to duty and their comradeship

and pray that our lives may be worthy of their sacrifice.


Our hearts are saddened by the countless and continuing conflicts across the world

that have brought destruction and suffering to the many.


Father God,

we declare that You are the Shepherd of our souls,

the giver of everlasting life.  


Today, we commemorate and commend to You

those who lived and died in the service of others.


We are glad to remember that Your purposes for us are good,

that You gave Jesus Christ for the life of the world

and that You lead us by His Holy Spirit

into the paths of righteousness and peace.

Help us to follow.

Amen.




To finish,
do listen to the instrumental music “The home front song”
written for VE Day by musicians ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ from Worcester








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