Memorial

Instead our usual Sunday hymn we decided to post this responsive reading in honor of Memorial Day. We hope you will click the link and let the background music play as you read the words of this meditation. May God Bless ALL who serve our country and especially those who give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Responsive Reading for Memorial Day

Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country’s story:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the worlds common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

O almighty God and most merciful Father, as we remember these your servants, remembering with gratitude their courage and strength, we hold before you those who mourn them. Look upon your bereaved servants with your mercy. As this day brings them memories of those they have lost awhile, may it also bring your consolation and the assurance that their loved ones are alive now and forever in your living presence.

AMEN!

Responsive Reading from The Book of Worship for United States Forces (1974)
Background Audio: Honor the Fallen by Mark Kueffner (Royalty Free Music)
Photo: Bob McCoy

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