Good Morning,

This year in our history is unique. As our nation is unable to celebrate Anzac Day in a traditional sense, we thought that it may be appropriate to celebrate Anzac Day on the home front.

We commemorate ANZAC day each year on the 25th April because this was the day that Australian, New Zealand and other commonwealth forces attacked the cliffs of Gallipolii (Turkey) in 1915.

In solidarity as a people and as a nation we are asked to stop and remember those who willingly served us in uncertain times, knowing that they were standing for the values of us all with a sense of purpose.

We are called to give thanks and honour towards those who serve and have served us as a people.

We give thanks as a nation that we are a free people and that this freedom has been bought with a price by those who have been willing to respond to a call of duty on our behalf.

In remembering our fallen, we pray for their families and the legacy of what has been left behind.

We thank God that he has preserved us as a nation and as a people in times where fear and uncertainty have been at our doorstep. In humility and thanks, we pray for our nation and our people once more in the light of challenges that we may be facing.

We observe a minute’s silence after the Ode and in this remembrance, recognition and thankfulness we present honour in the recognition of sacrifice.

The Ode

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Prayer

Lord God, we acknowledge that you are the author and the perfecter of our faith. In you and though you all things are made. We give thanks to you that we live in a country that is free.

We ask that we would remain humbled and willing to take up your mantle of peace, righteousness and honour in all that we do and to uphold others above ourselves through our service and duty towards them.

We pray for the safety of all who serve our nation currently, where conflict and disaster exist and acknowledge those who have served and lost their lives, Lord we uphold their families to you as they deal with grief, loss, suffering and reminders about what has been taken from them.

We pray for those in government Lord Jesus as our nation is guided through and by their actions. Grant them wisdom in their decisions, stewardship and care for us as a people. Lord we ask for wisdom, stability and direction that aligns itself with your will and purpose for us as a people.

Above all we give you honour, thanks and praise for the life that sustains us, upholds us and directs our paths.

In your name we pray. Amen.