Worship Resources for National Holidays

U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

A New Year’s Prayer of Confession
An honest look at regret in light of God’s promise to make us new

Prayer for a New Year, Based on Psalm 90
The Eternal One helps us count our days and makes our brief life count

The Stream of Justice
A stirring encouragement to continue our efforts for peace, freedom, and justice. Written by Steve Garnaas Holmes for Martin Luther King remembrances.

Earth Day Resources
This link takes you to another summary page with nine Earth Day resources.

A Prayer for Mother’s Day

Memorial Day Prayer Service
This service includes four prayer emphases- memorial prayers, prayers for our country, prayers for our leaders, and prayers of thanksgiving. It also includes music suggestions for traditional and contemporary settings and scripture readings. The service is easily adapted for Veteran’s Day or Independence Day.

Memorial Day Prayer
By Steve Garnaas Holmes from his blog Unfolding Light

Blessing the Men: A Prayer for Father’s Day

Independence Day- A Prayer for Those who Govern
This prayer sequence includes two verses of America the Beautiful and closes with the Lord’s Prayer.

A Prayer for our Country
A beautiful, faithful prayer by Steve Garnaas-Holmes for Independence Day, first published on his blog Unfolding Light. It would be easy to modify it for another national holiday.

Prayer for Labor Day
This prayer litany includes an opportunity for those seeking employment to receive intercessions and blessing. It concludes with the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer: Equity for Workers
Another prayer suitable for Labor Day

Prayer Litany for Veterans Day- Version 1
Prayer Litany for Veterans Day- Version 2
Version One of the Prayer Litany for Veterans Day concludes with congregational singing. Version Two concludes with a congregational prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer Litany for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Reflection
For centuries, Christians have been reading scripture, followed by a time of prayer. Thanksgiving Reflection is designed in this way, with readings from Deuteronomy 8 followed by prayer prompts for silent reflection. The sequence could be printed or projected on a screen. The post also includes a beautiful altar table display idea for a Thanksgiving or Harvest themed worship service.

An important reminder… from The Problem with Patriotism by Jim Harnish
For biblically-rooted, Christ-centered disciples, the problem with patriotism is when it gets tangled up with worship; when we drift into placing a higher priority on our citizenship in our nation than we place on our citizenship in the Kingdom of God; when we are more focused on our “national interest” than we are on the Sermon on the Mount; when we lift the flag in front of the cross.

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