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Yesterday's Commemoration

posted 10 Aug 2015, 02:39 by Dean Fostekew

Below is the first part of the service we held yesterday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. 

Eucharistic Commemoration of the end of World War II

Eucharistic setting: ‘The Good Shepherd Service’

Throughout this service we will pause to hear the names of those commemorated on our War Memorial. 

The name will be read, a poppy cross laid and a candle lit.


The Choir and Clergy process into the church.


Grace and peace to you from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ.



“I remember V J Day”

I remember VJ Day,

When I knelt on my knees and tried to pray.

Just a lad of ten years old,

Not very big but very bold,

With long grey socks and shorts to match,

With holes in the backside, covered with a patch.

I remember my mother with tears in her eyes

Her emotions so strong she could not disguise.

Her brother was missing, presumed dead,

In far distant lands, so the telegram said.

My father was returning on a hospital boat,

I prayed and prayed again it would stay afloat.

The bunting came out on our cobbled street

With all the mothers helping to organise a treat.

It was a sad time for my grandparents that day

With their only son missing, I didn’t know what to say.

To myself I promised that I would one day

Look after them both, come what may.

A veteran I was at ten years old,

Evacuated twice and three weeks in a home.

As I remember some forty years on

With both grandparents and father dead and gone.

The times that we had should never be forgotten

No matter how sad and at times very rotten.”

Keith Ingham

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd 

Anthony Norman Beilby: Major 2nd Lothian and Border Horse. Born 3rd August 1913 in Edinburgh. Educated at Loretto 1923-31. Died in North Africa 20th February 1943 aged 30.

May he rest in peace: Amen. 

Opening Hymn (HON 19) Robert Bridges 1844-1930 based on ‘Meine Hoffung stehet feste’ by Joachim Neander 1650-1680

All my hope on God is founded;

he doth still my trust renew.

Me through change and chance he guideth,

only good and only true.

God unknown, he alone

Calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,

sword and crown betray his trust;

what with care and toil he buildeth,

tow’r and temple, fall to dust.

But God’s pow’r, hour by hour,

Is my temple and my tow’r.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,

deep his wisdom, passing thought;

splendour, light and life attend him,

beauty springeth out of naught.

Evermore from his store,

new-born worlds rise and adore.

Still from earth to God eternal

sacrifice of praise be done,

high above all praises praising

for the gift of Christ his Son.

Christ doth call one and all:

ye who follow shall not fall.

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

Kenneth de Watteville: Lieutenant 271754 591 Antrim Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers. Born in Inverness-shire 1921 son of John and Alexis de Watteville brother to Jean and Margaret. Died 24th March 1943 aged 22 in a glider crash during the Rhine Assault. Buried at Riechwald War Cemetery, Germany. The panelling in the sanctuary was erected by his family in his memory.  May he rest in peace: Amen. 


Rocca San Giovanni

It is quiet here now, the valley is silent.

Only the birds and the stream have their noise,

The twittering, bubbling sweet sounds of nature.

Apart from this – silence which nothing destroys.


The smell is a faint one of morning and pine trees,

Of bracken and water, of woodland and stream,

The sight is of rushes, of mill house and lime trees.

The feel is of peacefulness sweet as a dream.


But at one time this valley, this valley of heaven,

Became a most torturous valley of hell.

For the fighting was bitter, the Hun held on grimly,

Regardless of losses, and many men fell.


For the British came north and the silence was shattered,

By rifle – machine gun – trench mortar – grenade.

The Messerschmitt diving bought sickening terror,

The valley vibrated with Death’s serenade.


But the British advanced and the valley was taken,

The fighting moved northward as Gerry moved back,

And the only remains to give proof of the fighting,

Are freshly dug graves at the side of the track.


Again it is peaceful, the valley is silent,

Only the birds and the stream have their noise,

The twittering, bubbling sounds of nature.

Apart from this – silence which nothing destroys.

 George Fraser Gallie, November, 1943. Aged 21

Collect for Purity 

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

Robert Edwards Harvey: Flight Lieutenant 119204 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. Born in Edinburgh. Son of woodville and Alexandra Harvey. Husband of Kathleen Maude Harvey. Died 12th August 1944 aged 31 in a training accident at Linton-on-Ouse Yorkshire. Buried at Harrogate Stonewall Cemetery.  May he rest in peace: Amen

Confession and Absolution

In life and in death we are with the Lord. 

Let us turn to the Lord who is full of 

compassion and mercy, and ask that he 

will forgive us our sins, and extend his 

healing love upon our broken world.

All of us have sinned and we all fall short

of the glory of God but let us remember that

God is love and we are his children and that 

there is no room for fear in love. We love

because he loved us first.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.


For the hatred which divides nation from nation,

race from race, class from class; forgive us Lord.

For the covetous desires of people and nations to

possess what is not their own; forgive us Lord.

For the greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth; forgive us Lord.

For our envy of the welfare and happiness of others;

forgive us Lord.

For our indifference to the imprisoned, the homeless, and the refugee; forgive us Lord.

For the lust which dishonours the bodies of women, men and children; forgive us Lord.

For the pride which leads to trust in ourselves and not in God; forgive us Lord.

(Coventry Cathedral litany of Reconciliation adapted)


God, who is both power and love,

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.


Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

William Prentice McDonald: Private 2766864 Royal Army Ordinance Corps. Son of Mr & Mrs John McDonald. Husband to Jane McDonald of Newcriaghall. Died 19th August 1944 aged 31. Buried at Portobello Cemetery.  

May he rest in peace: Amen

Kyrie (Sung)

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

James McIntosh: Confirmed 14th May 1935 aged 15. Older brother of Duncan McIntosh. Member of this congregation.  

May he rest in peace: Amen

Collect of the day

Lord of the nations, Saviour and judge of all: 

remove from human hearts all bitterness and hate, grant to those who have died in war your mercy and forgiveness and bring us all to the peace of your eternal Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who suffered and died, and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.


Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 58:6-9a, 11-12

6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard. 

9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 

11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. 12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. 


‘High Flight’ 

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

of sun-split clouds,-and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark nor ever eagle flew-

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high un-trespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John G Magee. 

Pilot Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 11th December 1941 

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

George McLaren: Leading Aircraft Man 1562614 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. Son of James and Sybil McLaren of 24 Coltbridge Avenue. Died of his wounds 19th November 1945. Cremated at Warriston 20th December 1945.

May he rest in peace: Amen

Epistle: Romans 8:31-39

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd: 

Hugh Whitelaw Philip MacLean: Ordinary Coder P/JX251223 Royal Navy. Born 23rd May 1911 son of Alexander and Isabella MacLean. Musician and Church Organist. Lost at sea with the sinking of HMS Royal Hood 24th May 1941 aged 30. Commemorated at the Naval Memorial Portsmouth.

May he rest in peace: Amen 

Gradual Hymn (HON 654) Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;

He makes me down to lie

in pastures green; 

He leadeth me the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,

and me to walk doth make

within the paths of righteousness,

e’en for his own name’s sake

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,

yet will I fear no ill:

For thou art with me, and thy rod

and staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished

in presence of my foes;

my head thou dost with oil anoint

and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life

shall surely follow me;

And in God’s house for evermore

my dwelling place shall be.

Gospel : John 15:9-17 (Please stand)

When it is announced:

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. 

 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.’ 

At end: Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious Gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord.

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

Reginald Alexander Malkin: Leading Aircraft Man 949570 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. Baptised 26th June 1919 son of Arthur and Margaret Malkin and elder brother of Alexander of 42 Coltbridge Terrace. Died 19th January 1943 in Japan. Buried in Yokohama War Cemetery. 

May he rest in peace: Amen

Reflection (Please sit) 

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd:

Basil Arthur Herdman Newton: Pilot Officer 67095 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. Born Spey Bank Inverness 1920 son of Dr. Robert and Kathleen Herdman Newton of 5 Murrayfield Avenue brother of James and Kathleen. Died 11th October 1941 aged 21. Buried at Nether Avon Church Yard.

May he rest in peace. Amen

Profession of Faith (Please stand)

We believe in God the Father,

Creator of all that is,

whose mystery is beyond our understanding,

whose love is always around us.

We believe in God the Son,

Jesus the incarnate Word,

Who suffered and died for us,

our risen and living Lord.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

Spirit of truth and love,

God’s power in the Church and the world,

within our hearts to strengthen and sanctify.

Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. 

Intercessions (Please sit or kneel)

From the VE Day Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey 

May 2015 (amended)

Trusting the promises of God, and with faith in his mercy, let us pray to the Lord. 

Let us give thanks for the selfless and courageous service and sacrifice of those who brought peace to the world in 1945, and for the good example they have given us; Lord, hear us. 

Lord, graciously hear us. 

We pray for nations still devastated by war, for their people and their leaders, and for those who suffer the effects or memories of past wars; for veterans, for those who mourn, and for all innocent victims whose lives have been shattered by the cruelty of others; Lord, hear us. 

Lord, graciously hear us. 

Let us pray for those who work for peace and liberty throughout the world, for the Armed Forces of the Crown, and for all who strive to bring an end to injustice and oppression; Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us. 

We pray for those in our own day who have grown weary or lost hope as a result of violence or terror; for all refugees and displaced people, and for those who seek to address the causes of discord and distrust; Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us. 

Let us give thanks for the reconciliation of former enemies, for the flourishing of goodwill between them, and for the many blessings we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices which have made for peace; Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us. 

We pray for the young people of our own day and for all who will shape the future of this nation, that they may be inspired by those who have gone before them to serve as they have been served; Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us. 

We pray for all in need this day, for those suffering as a result of war and conflict and those known to us who are sick in body, mind or spirit; especially we pray for ……

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us. 

We pray for all those who have died in acts of war and conflict; for all who have recently died and for all who mourn.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us. 

God of love and peace, we ask you to send your grace and blessing upon your people in need for the sake of your Son, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

Remembering the men from the Good Shepherd: 

Frank Shearburn Pilditch: Lieutenant 279200 Royal Engineers 241 Field Camp. Born in Argentina 1915. Son of Eric and Mary Shearburn Pilditch. Married Margaret Mary Izat School Teacher from Ceylon 21st September 1939. Lived at 96 Corstorphine Road. died 19th March 1945 aged 30. Buried at Reichwald Forest war Cemetery. Germany.

May he rest in peace: Amen

Peace (Please stand)

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid.’

We meet in his name.

Let us share his peace.