Resources for Planning Worship Services in a Time of War

An index of web resources for planning worship during times of war, as well as a short bibliography.

 A clearinghouse of worship resources for a time of war from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Moravian Church in America, the United Methodist Church, and others.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has extensive worship resources related to Iraq, including prayers used during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-01.

The Reformed Church in America offers prayers, confessions, calls to worship, blessings, and song suggestions.

The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, offers prayers during a time of war, as well as resources for a Day of Supplication and Prayer and 9-11 anniversary resources.

The Mennonite Church, a peace church, has a variety of resources emphasizing peace.

The World Council of Churches offers a collection of prayers for peace that have been used in ecumenical and interfaith settings.

Book Resources
Millar, Peter W. An Iona Prayer Book. Norwich, Norfolk: Canterbury Press, 1998.
Resources from the Iona Community in Scotland focusing on justice and peace.

The Iona Community Worship Book: The Abbey Services of the Iona Community. Glasgow, Scotland: Wild Goose Publications, 1991.
These orders of worship from the Iona Community include several services for justice and peace.

A Wee Worship Book. Wild Goose Worship Group. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc., 1999.
More resources from the Iona Community.

The Book of Common Worship. Prepared by the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993.
General worship resources with some prayers for peace.

Book of Worship for United States Forces: A Collection of Hymns and Worship Resources for Military Personnel of the United States of America. The Armed Forces Chaplains Board. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Board, 1974.
Resources used by military chaplains.

2000 Years of Prayer. Compiled by Michael Counsell. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1999.
A collection of prayers throughout the history of the church, many of which deal with the theme of peace.

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