Flower Festival Thanksgiving Service


Hymn Great if Thy faithfulness

  1. 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 wilt be.

Refrain: 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!

  1. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
    join with all nature in manifold witness
    to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Refrain: 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!

  1. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
    strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
    blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain: 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!
( by Thomas O. Chisholm – 1923)

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night, and a perfect end.

All: Amen

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name. Do not forsake us. O Lord our God.

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

Let us reflect in silence on the day which is ending , recalling our failures to love God and our neighbour 

(Silence is kept)

Let us confess our sins to Almighty God. 


All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

We have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought and word and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen. 


The almighty and most merciful God grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins, time for true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. 

All: Amen.


To you before the end of day,

creator of the world, we pray:

in love unfailing hear our prayer,

enfold us in your watchful care.


Keep all disturbing dreams away,

and hold the evil foe at bay.

repose untroubled let us find

for soul and body, heart and mind.


Almighty Father, this accord

through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:

who reigns with you eternally

in your blest Spirit’s unity.

Our First Reading Is from – John Chap: 17

20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message.

21 I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me.

22 I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one:

23 I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me. 

Hymn – Thy hand, I God has guided 

  1. Thy hand, O God, has guided
    thy flock, from age to age;
    the wondrous tale is written,
    full clear on every page;
    our fathers owned thy goodness,
    and we their deeds record;
    and both of this bear witness:
    one Church, one Faith, one Lord.
  1. Thy heralds brought glad tidings
    to greatest as to least;
    they bade men rise and hasten
    to share the great King’s feast;
    and this was all their teaching
    in every deed and word;
    to all alike proclaiming:
    one Church, one Faith, one Lord.
  1. Through many a day of darkness,
    through many a scene of strife,
    the faithful few fought bravely
    to guard the nation’s life.
    Their gospel of redemption,
    sin pardoned, man restored,
    was all in this enfolded:
    one Church, one Faith, one Lord.
  1. Thy mercy will not fail us,
    nor leave thy work undone;
    with thy right hand to help us,
    the victory shall be won;
    and then, by men and angels,
    thy name shall be adored,
    and this shall be their anthem:
    One Church, one Faith, one Lord.
    (by Edward Hayes Plupurter – 1821 to 1891) 

Our Second Reading is from – Revelation Chap: 7

9 After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd – no one could count all the people! They were from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

10 They called out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!”

11 All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures. Then they threw themselves face downward in front of the throne and worshiped God,

12 saying, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!”

13 One of the elders asked me, “Who are these people dressed in white robes, and where do they come from?”

14 “I don’t know, sir. You do,” I answered. He said to me, “These are the people who have come safely through the terrible persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb.

15 That is why they stand before God’s throne and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence.

16 Never again will they hunger or thirst; neither sun nor any scorching heat will burn them,

17 because the Lamb, who is in the centre of the throne, will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ,

and asleep we may rest in peace.

All: Amen

Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Prayers from the prayer jar 

We Say Together 

The Lord’s Prayer 

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. 


Be with us, merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen

Hymn – All people that on earth do dwell

  • All people that on earth do dwell,
    Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
    Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
    Come ye before Him and rejoice.
  • The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
    Without our aid He did us make;
    We are His flock, He doth us feed,
    And for His sheep He doth us take.
  • O enter then His gates with praise;
    Approach with joy His courts unto;
    Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
    For it is seemly so to do.
  • For why? The Lord our God is good;
    His mercy is for ever sure;
    His truth at all times firmly stood,
    And shall from age to age endure.
  • To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
    The God whom Heaven and earth adore,
    From men and from the angel host
    Be praise and glory evermore.
    (by William Kethe, 1550)

All: Lighten our darkness we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

All: Amen

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us, this night and for evermore. 

All:  Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ 


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