Growing up a Navy-brat, Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart. It is a national holiday set aside to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. I always appreciate the many ways we celebrate and give thanks to veterans with ceremonies and parades. Yet, I can think of no better way to honor them than with prayer. This Veterans Day, I encourage you to pray for veterans in worship.
One of the many options available to church leaders is to include a prayer for veterans during prayers of intercession or the pastoral prayer. I’ve written a prayer included below that can be used as a stand alone or woven into a longer prayer or series of intercessions.
The children’s sermon is also a great way to honor veterans and equip children with a tangible reminder to pray for them. This particular message uses plastic toy soldiers, which can be purchased at a local dollar store, box store, or online. If possible, buy enough for the whole congregation.
Finally, make available in the bulletin, or via another means of communication, an active duty military prayer list. This will allow members to be in prayer for specific people connected with your congregation and it sends a powerful message to those serving that they are regularly remembered by name in prayer.