However, when we go out to visit our Soldiers at the combat out posts during the week, worship is pretty simple. It is non-denominational and usually about 10 to 20 minutes in length. I usually preach a simple message from that week's Revised Common Lectionary. We don't sing much, but we do pray, and afterwards--if mission allows--Soldiers often linger and raise personal questions and concerns more spiritual in nature than what we normally discuss. These fighters are less concerned with their personal safety than you might think--although they often confess to me their fear for one another. They are primarily concerned with family matters and issues of personal morality. The most common message I share with Soldiers is that God is not in the business of judging them--but saving them. God is and will be our Judge, but that judgement is designed to convict us and reveal our need for his love and forgiveness. I encourage Soldiers not to restrict their sense of spirituality to the concerns of foul language and pornography. Studying God's Word, being patient with your fellow soldiers, and learning what it means to love our enemies is just as essential to what it means to be a disciple.
I am including a few pictures of what field services look like when we're out at COPs Anvil, Aggressor, and Warrior--as well as a picture of me preaching a few months ago during our Easter service at Camp Blue Diamond.