C A L L T
O W O R S H I P
God is our hope and strength; a very present help in trouble.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT WITH ALL THEY MIGHT:
CHRIST IS THEY STRENGTH AND CHRIST THEY RIGHT:
LAY HOLD ON LIFE AND IT SHALL BE
THEY JOY AND CROWN ETERNALLY.
CAST CARE ASIDE, LEAN ON THY GUIDE,
HIS BOUNDLESS MERCY WILL PROVIDE:
LEAN, AND THY TRUSTING SOUL SHALL PROVE,
CHRIST IS THY LIFE, AND CHRIST THY LOVE.
FAINT NOT, NOR FEAR, HIS ARM IS NEAR:
HE CHANGETH NOT, AND THOU ART DEAR,
ONLY BELIEVE AND THOU SHALT SEE,
THAT CHRIST IS ALL IN ALL TO THEE.
READING (Read by Captain
Then He entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants from their stalls, saying to them, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple is a place of prayer; but you have turned it into a den of thieves.' "After that He taught daily in the Temple, but the Chief Priests and other religious leaders and the business community were trying to find some way of getting rid of Him. But they could think of nothing, for He was a hero to the people, they hung on every word He said.
THE CONDITIONS OF A JUST WAR
Jesus himself took a weapon, a whip, and applied sufficient force to achieve his objective when he found corruption in the Temple.
The practical expression of the Love of God in human activity is in the EXERCISE OF JUSTICE. In an attempt to humanise war and limit wanton slaughter the church formulated the PRINCIPLES OF A JUST WAR.
1. DECLARED AND ENGAGED IN BY PROPER AUTHORITY: Not an individuals whim, governments wage war against governments. We are not mercenaries but servants of our community through the government they elected.
2. ENGAGED IN FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE INNOCENT: and for the defense of the oppressed, not agreed or aggression.
3. FOUGHT ONLY WHEN PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS FAIL TO ATTAIN JUSTICE: As a last resort. We don't live by the sword' but we are skilled in its use should all else fail.
4. THERE MUST BE A REALISTIC EXPECTATION OF SUCCESS: The just war is for the protection of the innocent not to sacrifice more lives unnecessarily.
5. IT MUST BE A JUSTLY WAGED WAR: Two wrongs don't make a right. Torture, wanton destruction and non-military targets cannot be justified.
Just now, I would rather be in the Indian, than the Atlantic ocean, I would rather be in Cornwall than entering a War Zone BUT I have no moral qualms about being here and being part of this Task Force. I would like to think that if my part of the United Kingdom was invaded, someone would be prepared to do for my children what we may be asked to do for the Falklanders.
It is with this in mind that I invite you all, whatever you believe and in the name of all you hold dear, to share with me in the sentiment if not the conviction of the following prayers.
LET US PRAY
Our Families - God, our
Heavenly Father, look in love upon our families and friends. Protect them from harm,
comfort them in loneliness and prosper them in all good things. Let no shadow come between
them and use to divide our hearts and in your own good time bring us home to them again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Before Action - 0 God, who sees that in this conflict we are seeking to serve you, and yet in the waging of it we must need to do many things that are an offence against your love; accept we pray you our imperfect offering, arm us with your spirit that our action may further the victory of your justice and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Sir Francis Drake' s Prayer - 0 Lord, when Thou givest to Thy servants to endeavor in any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning but the continuing of the same until it be thoroughly finished that yieldeth the true glory; through Him who for the finishing of Thy work laid down His life, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
NELSONS PRAYER (Together) - MAY THE GREAT GOD WHOM I WORSHIP, GRANT UNTO MY COUNTRY, AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF FREEDOM IN GENERAL, A GREAT AND GLORIOUS VICTORY: MAY NO MISCONDUCT IN ANYONE TARNISH IT: AND MAY HUMANITY AFTER VICTORY BE THE PREDOMINANT FEATURE IN THE BRISTISH FLEET. FOR MYSELF INDIVIDUALLY, I COMMIT MY LIFE TO HIM THAT MADE ME, AND MAY HIS BLESSING ALIGHT ON MY ENDEAVOURS FOR SERVING MY COUNTRY FAITHFULLY. TO HIM I RESIGN MYSELF AND THE JUST CAUSE WHICH IS ENTRUSTED ME TO DEFEND. AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.
The Service ended with the Naval Hymn.