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Resources for Churches and Families with Military Members being Deployed

By Derek Weber

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With the recent call for rapid deployment of military personnel to the Middle East, churches and families may be caught by surprise and need to access some resources to help bring comfort in an anxious time.

As always, for United Methodists, the first place to turn is the Book of Worship. We recommend BOW #542 For Those In Military Service as a beginning place. Also consider, BOW #520 For Peace, and BOW #521 A Vision of Hope.

In 2010, Discipleship Ministries produced this article for the deployment at that time. The resources and suggestions are appropriate for this occasion as well. Access it here:

Praying for Peace in the Face of War: Resources for Worship

Here are a few other links that might help in planning worship in response to the deployment:

From Operation We Are Here, a resource for the military community and supporters: http://www.operationwearehere.com/CaringInsightsMilitaryPersonnelPrayer.html

From Crosswalk.com: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/a-prayer-for-our-soldiers.html

Evangelical Lutheran Resources: http://www.liturgybytlw.com/OccChs/Deploy.html

Resources from the US Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer-for-troops.cfm

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