God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy – won through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war.
We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live in us and in generations to come. We ask that the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth.
In the name of One
who gave his life for the sake of the world,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
We pray this day for our deployed military personnel serving around this world.
Watch over our men and women, especially in places where conflict and strife seem at their worst.
Give them courage in adversity, safety in service and protection from harm.
We pray for those who may be sick and injured.
Strengthen all who will care for them.
Sustain doctors, nurses and chaplains coping with prolonged work hours and deeply distressing circumstances.
We pray again for the families and loved ones of those deployed. Protect them during their periods of separation and reunite them in joy.
We especially pray this morning for those who grieve the loss of loved ones killed on active service. Help them to cast their anxieties upon you and receive comfort. Enable others to minister to their needs with sensitivity and respect. May they know the prayers and support of their fellow Australians.
We ask all these things through Jesus Christ our Lord.