VE/VJ Service at Ladock Church, Sunday 16th August 2020



at Ladock Parish Church
   Sunday, 16th August 2020




   Why are we here?                What is so special about today? 


Voice 1.   Today we remember the moment when the soldiers in World War 2 laid down their weapons and the killing stopped.


Voice 2.   Today we remember the moment when the people of the world breathed a sigh of relief.


Voice 3.  Today we remember the moment when people were suddenly free once more... free to laugh, free to sing, free to begin their lives again. 



Reading  (Kate Holborow. High Sheriff of Cornwall)

At the end of World War 1. when peace was finally declared the soldier poet Siegfried Sasoon wrote this poem. It is entitled  “Everyone Sang”


                  Everyone suddenly burst out singing;

                  And I was filled with such delight

                  As prisoned birds must find in freedom                 

                  Winging wildly across the white

                  Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.


                 Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;

                 And beauty came like the setting sun:

                 My heart was shaken with tears; and horror

                 Drifted away.... O but Everyone

                 Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.




Eternal Lord God, maker and creator of us all. Look on us, your children, with compassion. Forgive our foolish ways and lead us surely on the way that leads to life. Fill our hearts with love and give us joyful, thankful hearts. Amen          






Be still my soul: the Lord is on your side;

bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;

leave to your God to order and provide;

in every change he faithful will remain.

Be still my soul: your best, your heavenly friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still my soul: your God will undertake

to guide the future as he has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake,

all now mysterious shall be clear at last.

 Be still my soul: the waves and winds still know

his voice, who ruled them while he lived below.


Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart

and all is darkened in the vale of tears,

then you shall better know his love, his heart,

who comes to soothe your sorrow, calm your fears.

Be still my soul: for Jesus can repay

from his own fullness all he takes away.


Be still my soul: the hour is hastening on

when we shall be for ever with the Lord,

when disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

sorrow forgotten, love's pure joy restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.



LEADER: From the dawn of civilisation there have been wars and disasters. Kings and Governments have risen to power and in an instant have been destroyed and forgotten. But through it all God has watched over his people and has reached out to his children.




A reading from the 40th chapter of the prophet Isaiah.

Do you not know, have you not heard, were you not told long ago'

have you not perceived ever since the world began,

that God sits throned on the vaulted roof of earth, whose inhabitants are like grasshoppers?

He stretches out the skies like a curtain, he spreads them out like a tent to live in;

he reduces the great to nothing, and makes all the princes of the earth less than nothing.

Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely have they taken root in the earth than they wither away, and a whirlwind carries them away like chaff. But the Lord, the everlasting God, Creator of the wide world, grows neither weary or faint;

no man can fathom his understanding.

He gives vigour to the weary, new strength to the exhausted.

Young men may grow weary and faint, even in their prime they may stumble and fall;

but those who look to the Lord will win new strength,

they will grow wings like eagles,

they will run and not be weary, they will march and never grow faint.

The Lord your God has spoken.   Amen 


A moment of reflection by Captain Mike Crooks (Chaplain Royal Navy)

“Looking back upon the momentous events of that time, unequalled in history, I maintain that the troops were marvellous. Remember, those soldiers, sailors and airmen were businessmen, teachers, bus drivers, lawyers, factory workers, writers, road sweepers- you name it. They didn't want war. They didn't want to be there. Their place was at home. But we were all called upon to fulfil a function, a necessary task, no matter how awful.

 The chaplains were asked, and strongly asked, to make our men as Christian as we could.

Today, I have a golden opportunity to turn that the other way round and declare – as I remember the fortitude of those young men, their devotion to duty, comradeship, laughter and winning sense of humour - they were the ones who made me a better Christian than I ever was before.



Today the world is fighting an invisible enemy, many people have died and many are dying still.

Just as in the time of war, we are all in this together and we need each other in order to survive.


 Keeping the children and people of Ladock safe and cared for right now.


The list of volunteers in Ladock Shop is in itself a wonderful testimonial to those in the village who have stepped forward to help their neighbours and the community in these challenging times. In addition, people have made many sacrifices to support and protect the vulnerable in their own families. There are so many examples to admire but the exceptional efforts of three individuals received official recognition recently when they received Unsung Heroes awards from the High Sheriff.


Ladock Post Office and Shop is the community hub for the village and with Angela Watson unwell and shielding as the country went into lockdown, the village lifeline was in danger of not being able to stay open. Sally Chilcott and Sam Parker came to the rescue, not only by keeping it open but rising to the challenges of maintaining stocks during the shortages as well as arranging food and prescription deliveries for the whole village. Their ability to source loo rolls became legendary. They also arranged for bread to be supplied by Kevin at the Falmouth Arms. Their efforts ensured that really there was no need to leave the village and their examples kept the whole community together.


Chris Stoyles is the Head of Ladock School. During Lockdown he took it upon himself to ensure that the school could operate as a hub, offering provision to children of key workers and vulnerable families for Ladock, Grampound and Grampound Road. He chose not to make well being phone calls, but instead chose to carry out regular doorstep visits, driving up to 500 miles a week from his home in Penzance. During these visits he was able to offer essential food parcels from Hive Cornwall as well as school laptops for young children to use for home learning. He has also sought to improve the environment around the school by painting sheds, cleaning and hedge cutting. He never seeks recognition for any of this. On top of all this, at the age of 28, he is he one of the youngest head teachers in the country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


As today we celebrate the end of the war that was to end all wars, so today we can see signs of hope and tentatively begin to look forward to our victory over the invisible virus that threatens to destroy us all.


                                              Intercessions.  Composed and read by Shirley Soper




Lord's Prayer       Our Father, which 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 keep us from temptation.

                             For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,

                             For ever and ever.  Amen.


Prayer                 Heavenly Father, as our world opens up again and the way ahead is becoming clear, lift our hearts in joy and thankfulness and give us the strength to go out in the name of your Son, so that those we meet may see in us a little of His love in all that we do and all that we say.





Make me a channel of your peace,

Where there is hatred let me bring your love;

Where there is injury,

Your pardon Lord;

and where's there's doubt

true faith in you.

O Master, grant that I may never seek

so much to be consoled as to console.


Make me a channel of your peace

Where's there's despair in life

let me bring hope;

where there is darkness, only light;

 and where there's sadness ever joy.


Make me a channel of your peace.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

in giving to all men that we receive,

and in dying that we''re born to eternal life.





A reading from the Gospel according to Luke Chap 10.  


On one occasion a lawyer came forward to put this question to Jesus, “Master what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?”

The man replied “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength; and your neighbour as yourself.”

“That is the right answer.” said Jesus; “do that and you will live.”

But the man wanted to vindicate himself, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

Jesus replied,

“A man was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell in with robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.

It so happened that a priest was going down by the same road; but when he saw him, he went past on the other side. So, too, a Levite when he saw him went past on the other side.

But a Samaritan who was making the journey came upon me, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, bathing them with oil and wine. The he lifted him on to his own donkey, brought him to the inn and looked after him there. Next day he produced two silver coins and gave them to the inkeeper, and said, “Look after him; and if you spend any more, I will repay you on my way back.”

Which of these three do you think was neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

He answered “The one who showed him kindness.”       Jesus said  “Go and do as he did.”






Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine;

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God;

born of his spirit washed in his blood.


This is my story, this is my song,

praising my Saviour all the day long;

this is my story, this is my song,

praising my Saviour all the day long.


Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture burst on my sight;

angels descending, bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Saviour am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness

Lost in His love.




BLESSING ( used by Capt M Crooks on VE day 1945)


Deep peace of the running wave to you;

Deep peace of the flowing air to you;

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;

Deep peace of the shining stars to you;

Deep peace of the gentle night to you;

Moon and stars pour their healing light on you;

Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world, to you;

                                                                            Deep peace of Christ to you.


God's blessing be yours, and well may it befall you.  Amen


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