Veterans Day Sunday Worship Celebration

March 22nd, 2015 Posted by Congregational No Comment yet

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VETERANS DAY SUNDAY WORSHIP CELEBRATION

PRELUDE

POSTING OF THE COLORS

*OPENING HYMN

*CALL TO WORSHIP

LEADER:  We gather in the name of God, who loves us and who is in our midst.

PEOPLE:  WE GATHER IN THE NAME OF THE ONE WHO PROCLAIMS JUSTICE AND MERCY!

LEADER:  We gather to remember God’s faithfulness as we recall the sacred story.

PEOPLE:  WE GATHER TO SHARE IN THE SACRED STORY SO THAT WE MAY BE TRANSFORMED TO BECOME PEOPLE OF HOPE AND PEACE.

ALL:  AS PEOPLE OF HOPE AND PEACE, MAY OUR WORSHIP BRING US STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO OPEN OUR EYES TO SEE YOU AT WORK IN AND THROUGH US, TO OPEN OUR HANDS TO SERVE THOSE AROUND US, TO OPEN OUR LIPS TO SHARE YOUR SACRED STORY, SO THAT WE MAY BRING YOU HONOR AND GLORY.  THANKS BE TO GOD!

RECOGNITION OF VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Please Rise: Those that are in our presence that are either serve on active duty, or in the reserves, or in the national guard.

Please Rise: Those that are in our presence who are veterans, that have served our country in the past.

Please Rise:  Those who are fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses, children, and grandparents of those who are serving and those who have served.

Please Rise: Those that are in our presence who have lost a loved one while serving in peace or in war.

Please Rise: Those who have gathered to worship in freedom because of the sacrifices of others.

LEADER:  Let us join responsively in our Litany Honoring our Veterans and their Families.  Today we remember all those who have served in our country’s armed forces to preserve the freedoms we have been blessed.  For the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force,
PEOPLE: We thank you for our blessing.
LEADER: For the family members who have made great sacrifices in order to make it possible for their service members to stand guard at home or to deploy into harm’s way,
PEOPLE: We thank you for your blessing.
LEADER: For the families who grieve the death of a loved one who went in harm’s way, never to return,
PEOPLE: We ask your blessing.
LEADER: For all those veterans who have been willing to lay down their lives for us,
PEOPLE: We ask you blessing.
LEADER: For the veterans of wars past who still bear scars of mind, body and soul,
PEOPLE: We ask your blessing.
LEADER: Keep our veterans and their families in your care today. Grant them the peace they sought to preserve for others. As we honor our veterans, we also pray for peace. Teach all your people the ways of peace that those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and peace for others will not have done so in vain. We pray all these things in the name of your son, the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
People: Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Almighty and merciful God, we lift up to you this day our brothers and sisters who through your great love served our nation. We remember with gratitude their courage, sacrifice, and selfless service. For your protection, guidance, and sustaining presence during their years of service, we give you profound thanks. This morning with all our veterans, we mourn the loss of all those who did not return home. And we continue to pray for those who have been wounded in body, mind, and spirit. May they find in you a source of hope and strength.

We pray for those who serve us now, especially those in harm’s way. Shield them from danger and return them home. We also give you thanks for the families who support their loved ones during the most difficult of times. Thank you for their courage and sacrifice.

God of peace, turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies to the labor of justice and harvest of peace. God of compassion, make our church into a place of love and healing as our veterans come back home. God of love, help our congregation to not turn a blind eye to the needs and pain of our veterans, make (name of church) a place of comfort and healing for all.

Today we pray for a new day and a new world where the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans is no longer needed; because the nations of the earth will not rise against each other in war and destruction; because the nations of the earth will turn their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks to build, to sow, and to help each other; because the nations of the earth will no longer learn how to make war.  And above all, we thank you Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who calls us together to build a new heaven and new earth today. Amen.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

HEBREW LESSON

ESPISTLE LESSON

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

*GOSPEL

MESSAGE “Sermon Title”

ANTHEM

*HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP

*RETIRING OF THE COLORS

*BENEDICTION AND SENDING FORTH

LEADER:  We offer ourselves to you O God, our Creator.

PEOPLE:  WE OFFER OUR HANDS.

LEADER:  Use healing touch to comfort those who continue to live in pain.

PEOPLE:  WE OFFER OUR EYES AND EARS.

LEADER:  May we see and hear the signs of despair, hopelessness, and shame so that all may have someone with them in their fear and confusion.

PEOPLE:  WE OFFER OUR HEARTS AND OUR TEARS AS THE HURT AND SORROW OF OTHERS ECHO WITHIN US.

LEADER:  May we be people of hope and peace as we remember the Sacred Story and as we embrace one another.

ALL:  WE NOW GO IN GOD’S ABIDING PRESENCE, STRENGTH AND LOVE.

POSTLUDE

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.” —President Abraham Lincoln

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