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Parish News - Special VE Day Edition

The Benefice of Alrewas with Fradley and Wychnor
                             The Nations Toast    
                    to the Heroes of World War 11
                   “To those who gave so much
                               “We thank You” 
A note from Elizabeth…………..
This weekend is a very special one in the heart of the nation. Our Benefice had many things planned; our villages had many things planned. We have adapted some, postponed others and commemorated the occasion in other ways because of the Corona virus crisis.
I am aware that this Bulletin will be going out to many who have recollections of WW2 and the moment the War in Europe ended 75 years ago. Perhaps it would be good to hear from anyone who would like to share memories?  There is still another commemoration on August 15th – VJ Day – when Japan surrendered to the allies and WW2 finally ended!
My comments are second hand; I have only one relative still living who has memories of that time. Immediate family who served their country did not share their memories a generation ago in the same way that those who are still alive are doing now.
I’ve reflected some of my thoughts in tomorrow’s Service which we have pre-recorded, not just from St Stephen’s this time, but involving all three churches. Modern technology (and the expertise of those who have edited our recordings) has allowed John and me to appear as though we are leading the Service together. Amazing!
There are some poignant moments there; all involved have some history to share of WW2. I thank them all for their contributions. You may wish to see the Order of Service and follow with some responses. You will find this printed after this message.
The Service will be live on YouTube at 10.30am on Sunday May 10th. Just click on the link below to view and worship with us
 There have been some positive sides of this lock down time; it has given us new skills; we have made new friends and established greater friendship with others. We have seen resilience and commitment flourish, and been inspired by many. So far it has been nearly 7 weeks; and whilst it is a different context and situation, it does not compare with those away from home in WW2 serving their country for the freedom we enjoy today.
One veteran captured the hearts of the nation with his determination and courage. Nicknamed Captain Tom (Moore) by his fans, he has become something of a role model in this crisis. He has inspired us not just by what he has achieved at 100 years old, but by his words as well.
"To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment," he said, addressing a British public who have seen life turned upside down by corona virus,
"The sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away."
And, he added…. “Tomorrow will be a good day”.
I hope that tomorrow will indeed be a good day as we commemorate VE75 and celebrate peace.
                                                                                            Elizabeth Wall
                                                                                                   Associate Minister
The Benefice of
Alrewas with Fradley
and Wychnor
10th May 2020
A Service of Thanksgiving
to mark the 75th anniversary
of Victory in Europe Day

When VE Day dawned on 8th May 2020 it was 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.
Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.
This 75th anniversary provides our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark   and terrifying period. It is an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

Opening Prayer
In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples 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 the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; 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.
Isaiah 2.1–4
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

                                                                     Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Poem                           ‘Unmentioned in Despatches’
Some of them never come home to fanfares,
they dump their kit-bags down at the door,
kiss their wives and let their children
wrestle them down to the kitchen floor,
switch the telly on, pour out a whiskey,
search for the local football score.
Some of them skip the quayside welcome,
dodge the bunting and cannonade,
make their landfall in silent harbours,
nod to the coastguard, but evade
the searchlight of public scrutiny
like those engaged in the smuggling trade.
Some of them land at lonely airfields
far removed from the celebration,
hang their flying gear in a locker,
cadge a lift to the railway station,
make for home and take for granted
the short-lived thanks of a grateful nation.
Some of them miss the royal salute,
the victory parade along the Mall,
the fly-past, the ships in formation passing
the cheering crowds on the harbour wall.
Remembered only by friends and relatives,
some of them never come home at all.
Poet: Peter Wyton

Some thoughts on VE75
The Nations Toast
to the Heroes of World War 11                                        
To those who gave so much
We thank You”       

I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:16-21
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been, thou forever will be.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Thomas Obadiah Chisholm(1866-1960)
©1951 Hope Publishing Co.
The Prayers
Lord’s Prayer
We join all our prayers together as we say
All          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.

Put peace into each other’s hand
and like a treasure hold it;
protect it like a candle flame,
with tenderness enfold it.
Put peace into each other’s hand
with loving expectation;
be gentle in your words and ways,
in touch with God’s creation.
Put peace into each other’s hand
he is love’s deepest measure;
in love make peace, give peace a chance
and share it like a treasure.
Fred Kaan (b. 1929) © 1989 Stainer & Bell Ltd
Act of Rededication     
to be led by John and Elizabeth on behalf of our British and German friends

We fought for peace, that the world might never again know such violence and destruction.                                                         
Will you work for peace and reconciliation in your homes and communities, and promote peace throughout the world?                
All          With the help of God, we will.
We fought for justice, that the scourge of prejudice and oppression might never again take root in our societies.          
Will you work for a world in which hatred and injustice never have the final word, and where all people can flourish with dignity and hope?                                                                                           
All       With the help of God, we will.

We struggled so that the whole human family might know good will, security, and freedom.                                            
 Will you always acknowledge how precious are the gifts which God has entrusted to us, and exercise the freedoms and responsibilities you have with gratitude and humility?          
All               With the help of God, we will.
A Minister leads a prayer for ourselves as we seek the way of peace and reconciliation…………...
  All        Lord, strengthen our hearts, hands, and minds,
                to work together for peace;
                to see you in one another,
                and to seek your kingdom above all things;
                that your will may be done,
                and your Kingdom come,
                through Jesus Christ,
                the Lord of Lords and King of kings.        
A moment of Reflection
Music is played
We shall go out with hope of resurrection,
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on.
We shall go out and tell our stories boldly,
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We’ll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted,
we’ll dream our dream of hurts that can be healed;
we’ll weave a cloth of all the world united
within the vision of a Christ who sets us free.
We’ll give a voice to those who have not spoken,
we’ll find the words for those whose lips are sealed.
We’ll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
vibrating love alive in every heart.
We’ll share our joy with those who are still weeping,
chant hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief;
we’ll leap and dance the resurrection story
including all within the circles of our love.
June Tillman (1993)© 1993 Stainer & Bell, Ltd.
Used by permission of Hope Publishing Company.  Tune: Londonderry Air



                Unto God’s gracious mercy
                and protection we commit you.
                The Lord bless you and keep you.
                The Lord make his face to shine upon you
                and be gracious unto you.
                The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you       
                and give you his peace this day and always.


All          May the peace of Christ burn in our hearts                                        
  and dawn on our world.  Amen.


Thank you for being part of this special
Commemoration today.
Some material in this Service booklet is copyright
reproduced under CCL 284076
Front cover photograph reproduced by courtesy of RAF100 Baton Team
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Vicar:                        Revd Preb John W Allan.  Email:
                                 The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent DE13 7BT        01283 790486

Associate Minister:   Revd Elizabeth Wall          Email:
                                 Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW                                01543 254891

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
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                         Mr John Feathers,                                                                                  01283 791842
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Captain of Ringers:  Mr David Hall                                                                                          01283 792464
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Pastoral Care:          Mrs Julie Willis,                                                                                       01283 791719
Children's society:    Mr and Mrs Peter & Lynn Lerigo,                                                            01283 791544

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Warden:                  Mrs Frances Mayes, Blackenhall Lodge,
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PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jackie Coates, Keeper's House, Wychnor                                        01543 473173
PCC Treasurer:     Mrs Karen Mercer, Hill Farm, Wychnor                                                     01283 791515

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