Resources for Churches and Families with Military Members being Deployed
By Derek Weber
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:
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
Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.