On this ANZAC Day, I have recorded the Anglican Church of Australia Prayer Book prayer so we can pray for our defence and police forces at this troubled time of war in Ukraine and fighting around the world.
Also in Australia and around the pacific area, our Australian defence force is helping victims recover from the war against nature, be it floods, fire or earthquakes. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your dedication to serving your country. Beverley Joy.
God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy.
We remember those who in times of war faithfully served their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten the day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither learn war anymore.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
Eternal God, the only source of peace,
We pray for all who serve in the defence and police forces in this land.
Give them courage and comfort in danger,
Patience in waiting, and discipline in the just use of force.
Help us to seek for all people the freedom to serve you and each other in compassion and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Recorded by Beverley Joy of Simply Story Poetry
Exert from: A prayer book for Australia Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation 2010, Broughton Publishing 1995