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.

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About ramtopsrac

Church of England Priest, child of God, daughter of the New Forest, wife and mother.
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8 Responses to Pray for our British Armed Forces, especially this Remembrance Sunday

  1. minidvr says:

    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.

    • ramtopsrac says:

      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.

  2. Excellent video – not convinced about the music, but not sure what I would suggest instead. Will give it some thought, possibly something more contemporary and appreciated by your 19 year old.

  3. ramtopsrac says:

    Other resources for Remembrance Sunday can be found here http://www.chbookshop.co.uk/ftremembrance

  4. ramtopsrac says:

    Here’s another great video for Remembrance used by the Methodist Comms when they did the Armistice Day Poppy_Tweet service which I thought was brilliant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wcY848-UkI (warning – you may cry at the end, but with a smile on your face)

  5. ramtopsrac says:

    And this (from Fr Simon) is more meditative and much longer for using during an extended Service of Remembrance where the congregation can be encouraged to move forward to make their own gestures of remembrance http://frsimon.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/remembrance-meditation/

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