Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, is on a Sunday this year, and many churches will be conducting special services to honor veterans. But any day can be a good day to remember those who sacrifice so much.
The United Methodist Church offers many spiritual resources for veterans and their families that can be used year-round. In January, United Methodist Communications will be one of the sponsors for America’s Sunday Supper (http://alturl.com/ekz5c/), which will focus on supporting military families.
The devotional guide Strength for Service (www.strengthforservice.org) has been a resource and comfort for soldiers and their families since 1942. After Sept. 11, 2001, United Methodist Men took over support of the project. The book is for armed forces personnel and was written for use during World War II and the Korean conflict. It was updated and reprinted in 2002 thanks to Evan Hunsberger, an Eagle Scout, who found his grandfather’s worn copy and made it his mission to get the book updated and republished.
The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship offers suggestions for observing Veterans Day, including resources in the United Methodist Book of Worship, the UM Hymnal and The Faith We Sing, Scriptures and a litany (http://alturl.com/6t9kd/).
For use on any occasion to honor veterans, the Board of Discipleship offers:
• Prayer for Protection of Those in Military Service (http://alturl.com/psafq/)
• Service of Prayer and Meditation in Time of War (http://alturl.com/96x6m/)
• Chaplains Ministry of The Upper Room (http://alturl.com/s2cyp/)
• Order of Service for Men and Women Mobilized or Deployed (http://alturl.com/99fqe/)
• Order of Service for a Reserve Chaplain Called to Active Duty (http://alturl.com/qwfz9/)
• National Civic Days and Worship (http://alturl.com/8mbdw/)