Memorial Day Liturgy

Call to Worship

One:   Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of remembrance.

All:     We remember fallen soldiers, and the sacrifice they made for the sake of others.

One:   Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of thanksgiving.

All: We thank God for brave men and women that have given their lives so that we may worship without fear.

One: Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of silence; for a moment is the least we can do for those that gave their eternity.

Hymn  “God of All the Nations”


All:     God of every nation, as we remember those that gave their life for our sake, let us be stirred to action in their memory. We confess that we have not done all that is possible to promote peace and justice in our world.  We have not loved our neighbors, let alone our enemies.  Forgive us for failing to live up to your commandments. Empower us to work for your Kingdom in this world, and welcome us by your grace into your Kingdom in the next.  Amen.

Click here to see a Veteran’s Day Litany, which can be appropriate for Memorial Day as well.

Click here to read another reflection about Memorial Day and our struggle for peace.

Click here to read a reflection after doing a funeral at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend

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21 responses to “Memorial Day Liturgy

  1. Hi Robb! I really like this prayer of confession. May I have permission to use it in worship at my church this coming Sunday?


  2. This is great, Robb! May I use it, too?

  3. Lon and Daria,
    Thanks for your kind words. Your permission is granted to use anything in this post, and I’m honored that you would want to use it. I’d appreciate a credit to the blog – just the home page – not the whole long url of this post.


  4. David McGlocklin

    Robb, This is a great call to worship for Memorial Day. I would also like to use it at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in San Bernardino. If I use it, how would you like it credited.

  5. If anyone wants to use this, please include “written by Rev. Robb McCoy, found at

  6. Karan Young

    Thank you for allowing us to use your work. It is perfect for our service this Sunday.

  7. I’m glad you found it useful. Did you check out the Veteran’s Day liturgy link?

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  9. Ken

    Thank you. Well-written.

  10. Kay Braun

    Robb –
    Great to meet you in Nashville! Your Memorial Day liturgy will be printed and used (with credit) at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland PA on May 26th. Thanks! Kay

  11. The Festival was such an amazing week, especially because of all the wonderful people I met! Thanks for letting me know you’re using the prayer.

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  14. Can I use this in our worship and include a reference/link to your blog? I will give credit!

  15. Of course. I’d be honored.

  16. Linda Estling

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful, thought provoking call to worship for Memorial Day. May I share it at the joint Worship at Immanuel/Watson Parish for our Memorial service?

  17. Thanks for this wonderfully appropriate confession for Memorial day. May I use this for my worship service this coming Sunday of course crediting you and this blog.

    – Andy

  18. Susan Loper

    Hi Robb-My “voice” echoes the chorus. Well-written, thoughtful, faithful. Do I have permission to use parts of this liturgy on Memorial Day Sunday? Thank you so much.

  19. Jerrie Shepard Matney

    Thank you. I’ll be using the Confession this week for Memorial Sunday – with proper credit, of course. Thank you for permission – I’ll have to explore this site further. Blessings!

  20. Susan – yes. I’m always honored when people want to use things I created in worship.

  21. Joy Lamb

    HI Robb- I would love to use your call to worship this Sunday. It is perfect for Memorial day Sunday. Due to the pandemic, we have recently started livestreaming our service. Would you give your permission to livestream?
    JOY Lamb

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