Pray for our British Armed Forces, especially this Remembrance Sunday

Serving soldier looking at material supporting family life - Armed Forces Day of Prayer 2011

It was a Royal Marine funeral last year that profoundly affected my ministry.

Since then I have had the privilege of meeting members of the Armed Forces Christian Union (AFCU) through work on our Mothers’ Union pilot project funding relationship counselling, and of attending this year’s Armed Forces Day of Prayer.

I saw the YouTube video below at a presentation given by the AFCU at Mothers’ Union. Produced last year, it struck me at the time how appropriate it would be to be played this Remembrance Sunday, as an alternative way of conveying the message that as well as remembering the dead, we need to pray for those who still serve.

I hope you will take 4.5 minutes to watch it. Perhaps it may move you to use it, possibly in a church or other service, and my prayer is that encourages others to do what it asks:

Follow these links to find out more about the Armed Forces Christian Union and how we can Pray for our Forces.

As the video says:

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them, and their families,
For the selfless acts they perform for us
in this time of need.
Amen.

8 thoughts on “Pray for our British Armed Forces, especially this Remembrance Sunday

  1. Thanks for the link. I had heard of it while I was serving, but never actually got around to joining or to attend the Armed Forces Day of Prayer. Perhaps relevant as just before I retired I dealt with the family of a casualty killed in Afghanistan in June 1998 as a Visiting Officer, and the whole experience brought me back to Christianity.

    1. ramtopsrac

      The work of the Family Liaison and Visiting Officers is fantastic, and I’m sure you did a great job in difficult circumstances, and if it brought you back to faith then God obviously blessed you too. I met some last year during the RM funeral I was involved with, and again this year at the Armed Forces Day of Prayer, and have nothing but admiration for them and the padre’s of all the services. Thank you for sharing.

    1. ramtopsrac

      There is a less remembrance orientated and longer video here http://www.pray4ourforces.org.uk/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bk9mL_i0acQ that has some more contemporary worship songs as the background music.
      I’m struggling to remember, but I think last year 4 lads in Afghanistan actually released a single/album, but I don’t have it to know if any of the music on it might be an appropriate alternative, the the link would be a good one.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s