ANZAC DAY

WISHART COMMUNITY

ANZAC DAY SERVICE

The Wishart Community ANZAC Day service will be on Sunday 25th April commencing at 9:30am. This service is presented by St John's church, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Wishart and Mt Gravatt.

The service will be held in the carpark with seating provided.

The 42for42

The 42 for 42 is a veteran initiated community group for those affected by the war in Afghanistan. The 42 for 42 is currently constructing the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden in Brisbane. This major project by the 42 for 42 is being built for Afghanistan veterans and families.

During the Wishart Community ANZAC Day service, there will be an opportunity to donate to this project.

You can read more about this project and donate here: https://www.42for42.org.au/the-memorial/

COFFEE and ANZAC biscuits are

available to purchase before and after the service.

ORDER OF SERVICE

SING: Abide with me

Acknowledgment of Country

Introduction - Invocation, Prologue & Requiescat

ANZAC Day prayer

Readings

Message

SING: Amazing Grace

Prayers

Laying of Wreaths

Passing of the ANZAC Spirit

In Flander’s Field

Ode to the Fallen

The Last Post

Minute’s Silence

Rouse

Benediction

The New Zealand Anthem

SING: Advance Australia Fair

SING - Abide with me

Abide with me fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless O abide with me

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day
Earth's joys grow dim its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not abide with me

I need Thy presence ev'ry passing hour
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r
Who like Thyself my Guide and Stay can be
Through cloud and sunshine O abide with me

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness
Where is death's sting where grave thy victory
I triumph still if Thou abide with me

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heav'n's morning breaks
And earth's vain shadows flee
In life in death O Lord abide with me

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the triune God, the Creator of heaven and earth and His ownership of all things. We recognise that He gave stewardship of these lands upon which we meet to the First Nations Peoples of this country. In His sovereignty, He has allowed other people groups to migrate to these shores. We acknowledge the cultures of our First Nations Peoples and are thankful for the community that we share together now. We pay our respects to the Jagera and Turrbal peoples and their elders, both past and present, and those who are rising up to become leaders.

Invocation

Lord God, be with us this morning as we gather to pay tribute to those who have been involved in our Nation’s battles. As we remember those who have died in war, let us pray that He will give us grace to serve Him unto our life’s end. Amen

Prologue

At 0500hrs, three platoons of the leading company of the 7th Battalion set off in four of the ship’s boats. As they moved away from the dim light, the Company Commander, Major Jackson could see the flashes of shells and rifles to their front. Approaching the shore, the men caught the sound of firing, to their right they could see shells bursting over other boats of the Battalion. Ahead they saw rifle and machine gun fire cutting up the water. As the lead boat, under the command of Captain Layh, entered the field of fire, five out of the six rowers were shot, but others took the oars, and they pushed on. The boat was scraping the shingle when, as Captain Layh threw himself into the water beside it, he was shot through the hip. As he turned to call the men forward, he was again shot in the leg. With the survivors, he scrambled toward the little grass-tufted sand hummocks fringing the beach, and they lay low behind them. Of the 140 men in the four boats, only 3 officers and 36 men, many wounded, made the safety of the hummocks, the rest lay dead or dying behind them.

Requiescat

On this day above all days we recall those who served in war and who did not return to receive the grateful thanks of the Nation. We remember those who still sleep where they were left - amid the holly scrub in the valleys and on the ridges of Gallipoli, on the rocky and terraced hills of Palestine - and in the lovely cemeteries in France. We remember those who lie asleep in the ground beneath the shimmering haze of the Libyan Desert - at Bardia, Derna, Tobruk - and amid the mountain passes and olive groves of Greece and Crete, and the rugged, snow-capped hills of Lebanon and Syria. We remember those who lie buried in the rank jungle of Malaya and Burma - in New Guinea - and in the distant isles of the Pacific. We remember those who lie buried amid loving friends in our Motherland and in our own far north. We remember those who lie in unknown resting places in almost every land, and those gallant men whose grave is the unending sea. Especially do we remember those who died as prisoners of war, remote from their homeland, and from the comforting presence of their kith and kin. We think of those in our women’s services who gave their lives in foreign lands and at sea, and of those who proved to be, in much more than name, the sisters of our fighting men. We recall too, the staunch friends who served beside our men on the first ANZAC Day - men of New Zealand who helped to create the Legend of ANZAC. We recall those who gave their lives serving with the other British Commonwealth and allied forces. We think of every man and woman who has died so that the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine. We think of those gallant men who died in Korea, in Malaya, and in Vietnam, assisting to defend the Commonwealth, and other countries of the free world, against a common enemy. May these all rest proudly in the knowledge of their achievement, and may we and our successors in that heritage prove worthy of their sacrifice.

ANZAC Day prayer

God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy,
We remember those who in time of war faithfully served their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war any more.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.

Amen.

Bible reading - Psalm 46

Read by Gwen Spence

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the LORD has done,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the shields with fire.

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth."

The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Bible reading - Romans 5:1-8

Read by Earl Marken

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Message

Rev. Peter Judge-Mears

SING - Amazing Grace

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers toils and snares
I have already come
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun

Prayers

Sue Truscott and Brenda Smith

Laying of wreaths

In memory of those who served their country...

In World War 1

Councillor Steven Huang

In World War 2

The Honourable Corrine McMillan, MP

The Korean War

Councillor Steven Huang, on behalf of Ross Vasta MP

Malaya / Vietnam

Wishart Rotary

Peacekeeping

Mt Gravatt Rotary

Timor

Wishart Community Hub

Middle East (Afghanistan / Iraq)

Mt Gravatt Community Centre

The Fallen

St Johns Wishart

Passing of the ANZAC Spirit

In Flander's Field

Read by Hugh Smith

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Ode to the fallen - Last Post - Minute's Silence

Civilian men remove hats, those in uniform salute.

They shall grow not 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.

Anthem - God defend New Zealand

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

SING - Advance Australia Fair

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair!

Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair!

Thank you for joining us today.

Coffee & biscuits are available to purchase for morning tea.

If you would like to donate to the work of the 42for42 foundation, click here.