Brief Service of Worship in Time of War
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 46
SONG: "When We Are Called to Sing Your Praise," The Faith We Sing, no. 2216
PRAYER FOR PROTECTION OF THOSE IN MILITARY SERVICE
God of Love and Compassion: We have come to ask for your protection for those who are being sent to faraway places to prepare for our defense. Before this season of unrest, we had grown comfortable with thinking of them only as they relate to us — as our parents and spouses, our sons and daughters, our neighbors and friends. We look forward to a day when no community will ever be asked to release its loved ones for purposes of war. But today, Lord, history and circumstances force us to release them into your care and into our country's service. We pray for their safe return; and not only for theirs, but for the safe return of others who are being sent from communities, so much like ours, in other parts of the world. As they face the myriad challenges and decisions that each day is destined to bring, may they be anchored by their faith, protected by your presence, and comforted by the knowledge that they are loved by you and by this community. We bless them in your name, and look forward to their safe return, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 2:2-5
SILENT PRAYER AND MEDITATION
PRAYER FOR OUR ENEMIES
O God of all nations, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONG: "Come and Fill Our Hearts," The Faith We Sing, no. 2157
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all people and nations may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen.