VJ Day 75th Anniversary

VJ Day 75th Anniversary Service

Service Transcript

St Clement Danes VJ Day 75th Anniversary Service.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to this podcast from St Clement Danes Church, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force in the middle of London, on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day

This is Padre David Osborn speaking:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

Let us pray:

Heaviness may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

God has been our refuge and our strength: A present help in time of trouble.

Dear friends, we have come together on this day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We are 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 and women who gave their lives restraining evil and opposing tyranny, so we also come in thanksgiving for the years of peace that many nations have enjoyed since the Second World War. We gather joyfully today, as those who gathered on that day in August 1945, 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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord our God,

creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world

and in your great love fashioned us in your image.

Now, through the deep waters of death,

you have brought your people to new birth

by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts

as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessed be God for ever.

Micah 4.1-4

Peace and Security through Obedience

In days to come
   the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
   and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
   and many nations shall come and say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
   to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
   and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
   and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
   and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
   and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
   neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
   and no one shall make them afraid;
   for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Your salvation is near to those who fear you that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other that glory may dwell in our land. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Your salvation is near to those who fear you, that glory may dwell in our land.

Luke 15.18-24

I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.

Chaplain in ChiefAddress:

Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force,
The Venerable (Air-Vice Marshal) John R Ellis QHC RAF

Words from Psalm 67

  1. God be merciful unto us, and bless us :
    and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us:
  2. That thy way may be known upon earth :
    thy saving health among all nations.
  3. Let the people praise thee, O God :
    yea, let all the people praise thee.
  4. O let the nations rejoice and be glad :
    for thou shalt judge the folk righteously,
    and govern the nations upon earth.
  5. Let the people praise thee, O God :
    yea, let all the people praise thee.
  6. Then shall the earth bring forth her increase :
    and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
  7. God shall bless us :
    and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.


Japan SurrendersPrayers

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. 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.

Collect for Peace

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. Amen.

A prayer for the Sovereign

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. Amen.

Royal Air Force Collect

Almighty God, who has promised that they who wait upon thee shall renew their strength and mount up with wings, as eagles, we commend to thy fatherly protection all who serve in the Royal Air Force. Uplift and support us in our endeavour, that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and a sure defence to our homeland. Help us to fulfil our several duties with honour, goodwill and integrity, and grant that we may prove to be worthy successors of those who by their valour and sacrifice did nobly save their day and generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The RAF crest inlaid in the church floorAn act of commitment

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men and women: that we may help, encourage and comfort others, and support those working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations.

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

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. Amen.

Support us, O Lord,

all the day long of this troublous life,

until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,

the busy world is hushed,

the fever of life is over

and our work is done.

Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,

a holy rest, and peace at the last;

through Christ our Lord. 

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

That concludes our podcast for VJ Day, please join us again every Sunday at 11.00; in the meantime good bye from all of us at St Clement Danes Church.