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Memorial Day Worship and Prayer Resources Although Memorial Day is not traditionally part of the liturgical calendar, the day gives us an opportunity to honor the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. This resource contains planning suggestions including litanies. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Memorial Day Call to Worship A call to worship written by Lisa Frenz for Memorial Day/Remembrance Day. The prayer seeks not to glorify war, but to honor and celebrate those who "walked into the chaos and evil that is war." Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Lisa Frenz A Prayer for Memorial Day A prayer for Memorial Day based on 1 Timothy 2:1-2, especially for national leaders and for those who serve(d) in the armed forces, and for peace (Isaiah 2:4). Resource type: Element of Worship Source: The High Calling Memorial Day Charles Kirkpatrick offers a Memorial Day message to kids about the price of freedom. He draws upon John 8:36 and 1 Corinthians 7:23 and links to a printable coloring page. Resource type: Children's Sermon Source: Sermons 4 Kids Author: Charles Kirkpatrick Ascension, Aldersgate, and Memorial Day This reflection for preaching connects and compares the themes of Easter 7, Ascension, Memorial Day, Aldersgate, and John 17 as they converge on the calendar. Jesus' desire for unity among his people is an important theme. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: James C. Howell Every Day Is Memorial Day This article reflects on Memorial day and military service from the perspective of the often challenging nature of this grief and guilt, which are often prolonged and exhausting. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Jodi McCullah Dispelling a Memorial Day Myth Ben Meecham talks about his father's struggle with PTSD and comes to grips with the reality that the war which caused that trauma (Vietnam) had no impact on American freedom. Thus, he calls for honesty in... Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Ben Meecham Memorial Day Mark Roberts notes how Exodus 12 combines the history of the first Passover with establishing the annual feast. He encourages Christians to establish rituals that prompt recollection of God's grace. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Day of Pentecost Pentecost, celebrated fifty days after Easter, is about the fullness of the Spirit's work in us. A collection of preaching and worship planning resources for Psalm 104; John 15:26-16:15; Acts 2:1-21; and Romans 8:22-27. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Confession: Remembrance Day A prayer of confession suitable for Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, or International Day of Peace. This prayer asks for God's forgiveness in times that we have participated in violence and not loved one another. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Unknown Memorial Day Peace A memorial day video expressing the church's desire for peace on earth and healing for those who have lost military personnel. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Igniter Media Author: Centerline New Media A Memorial Day Prayer This short video provides a Memorial Day prayer, especially for those whose loved ones have died serving their country. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Skit Guys Author: Centerline New Media Full Text Hymns on Memorial Day God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty HandPD
Soldier's Memorial DayPD
Day of remembrance, day of sad recallingPD
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You Were A Soldier: Memorial Day Based on John 15:13, this mini-movie is great for Memorial Day services and events as a way to honor those who paid the ultimate price while defending freedom. (Length: 1:20) Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Igniter Media Author: Centerline New Media Pray Thank Remember (Memorial Day) This video encourages us to do something: pray, thank, and remember on Memorial Day for veterans and people who are serving. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Skit Guys Author: Centerline New Media Lest we forget Memorial Day is an American holiday celebrated the last Monday in May in remembrance of fallen soldiers. What should we speak of at a memorial service? The person? Their community? Tiffany Manning says both. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Tiffany Manning Intercessions for Remembrance Day Christine Longhurst shares a Roman Catholic litany for Remembrance or Memorial Day which focuses on Jesus as the healer and restorer of all things harmed by violent conflict. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst Doing the right thing on Memorial Day Reflecting on Luke 10:27, Jeff Munroe gives a powerful illustration of loving one's neighbor. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Twelve Author: Jeff Munroe Suggestions for Observing Veterans’ Day (November 11) in Worship "This article provides a historical summary of Veteran’s day. It also offers some suggested guidelines for observing Veterans' Day in United Methodist worship, including a sample litany as well as hymn and Scripture selection." Resource type: Article Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre A Memorial Day Prayer A prayer video for Memorial Day based on John 15:13 honoring both those who sacrificed their lives and their loved ones left behind. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Skit Guys Author: The Skit Guys Freedom and Trial on Independence Day In addition to providing preaching advice for Independence Day, James C. Howell's commentary on Romans 6:12-13, Genesis 22, and Matthew 10:40-42 discusses our freedom to obey joyfully, Abraham's trial on whether he fears God, and Jesus'... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Ministry Matters Author: James C. Howell
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