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Chaplain’s Corner

It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the bravery of America’s heroes in the midst of this pandemic. They’re all around us, but what can we do while we’re stuck at home?

Perhaps you have a child, family member or friend serving on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus. We want to honor their service, and help you find ways to pray for them.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

Hear our prayers. By your healing power, grant them quick minds and skillful hands. Strengthen them in times of trauma. In quiet times, give them rest and assurance of the value of their work. Keep them ever prepared for the work you have called them to do, for your mercy’s sake.

Give us, we pray, grateful hearts for the courageous willingness of our neighbors to enter into danger on our behalf. In your mercy, bind up the injured, and replenish the spirits of those wounded in body or soul. Help us to honor and serve those who have served in our name.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Chaplain’s Corner

In tough times, the best way to overcome hardship is to lean on all of your loved ones — but the novel coronavirus pandemic has made that quite (literally!) impossible to do. Some may be quarantining in homes and apartments all alone, away from family members, friends, or colleagues or classmates, and social distancing efforts means you probably won’t be able to do all the things you normally do together. Regardless of how many people you live with or how many times you’ve been able to safely see loved ones, the quarantine lifestyle that’s necessary to keep COVID-19 at bay is far from easy.

Why not heed words of advice from those who have overcome all the issues we’re experiencing now? Take stock of the moment to remind yourself that the pandemic will come to an end one day, and find motivation to empower yourself to get through the situation as best as you can. 

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.” — A.A. Milne

Chaplain’s Corner

Submitted by Larry Williamson

The Maker of the Moon

The Lord said, “I will be their God and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

After astronauts set the Eagle down on the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one great leap for mankind.” He was the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Other space travelers followed including the commander of the last Apollo mission, Gene Cema. “There I was and there you are, the earth dynamic overwhelming and I felt it was just too beautiful to happen. ” Even from their unique view in deep space these men understood their smallness in comparison to the vastness of the universe.

The prophet Jeremiah also considered the immensity of God as Center and Sustainer of the earth and beyond.”The maker of all promised to reveal Himself intimately as He offered his people love, forgiveness, and hope.” Jeremiah 31:32-34 Jeremiah affirms God’s enormity as He who “appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, our Creator and Lord Almighty will reign above all as He works to redeem all of his people. We will never finish exploring the immeasurable vastness of the heavens and depths of the earth’s foundations. But we can stand in awe at the complexity of the universe and trust the maker of the moon and everything else.

Chaplain’s Corner

By Larry Williamson

May – All of One Blood

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I use to give blood to the Red Cross when I was in the Navy. As I was undergoing the procedure, I looked at the other donors. Although our ethnic backgrounds were different, the same thing keeping each of us alive united us. And we were willing to give it to other to keep them alive. We were united by patriotism, a sense of justice, and equal citizenship. Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:15 Christ validated his words by offering his blood to atone for our sins. Today as we remember those who died while serving our country, we also give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice.

Chaplain’s Message

A Prayer for Strength When Weary

Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.

The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.

I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don’t I need your strength, God?

You are my rock, and I run to you today, believing that you will lift up my heavy arms, that you will fuel me for the tasks you’ve given me, and that your joy will completely consume the weakness of my life and make me strong again. I don’t want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. I’m tired of feeble efforts. Lord, I want to mount up with wings like an eagle and not just fly. I want to soar.

Chaplain’s Corner

This month of March, the presence of God will be with me and my entire household: both far and near all through this new month, in Jesus’ Name! May Your divine Light shine on me this March. My going out and coming is blessed sufficiently, in Jesus’ Name Lord thank you for my days of labour are turning around for favour and my effort crowned with testimonies in Jesus name Lord thank you for eradicating the spread of any disease no matter how deadly it may be from this nation and nations around the world I decree, no power from the pit of hell shall conclude my case in this new month of March, in the name of Jesus.

 

Chaplain’s Corner

The Virtue for the Month of February is love.

This means that we endeavor to develop in ourselves the habit of thinking, speaking and acting from an attitude of care and positive regard in all our encounters and circumstances.
We become aware of our negative moods, and choose not to act out of them. We choose to set aside the harsh word. We refuse to allow our anger to inhibit our compassion or capacity to forgive.

We deliberately search for ways to be helpful to others in our families,  in our social gatherings, and in our community and that an awareness of God’s love will help us to bring an attitude of love to the whole of our existence.

We pray this to You, our Lord and Savior.

 

Chaplain’s Corner

A Prayer for Hope in the New Year 

Dear Lord, As a new year begins, we look to You for our hope, joy and peace. Give us the courage to do all that You ask of us.

Thank You for the smiles and laughs and songs and prayers all shared in 2019. And thank You for the promise of Your presence as I travel through 2020. 

We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight.

We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands.

Dear God, Thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. Thank you that you’ve carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and through the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power working through even the toughest days. 

We ask this in the powerful and mighty name of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Chaplain’s Corner

Festival of Lessons and Carols at All Saints’ Chapel
ROBBIE CAPONETTO

God, our Creator, we offer this humble prayer on Christmas Day. We come to worship with a song of thanks in our hearts—a song of redemption, a song of hope and renewal. We pray for joy in our hearts, hope in our God, love to forgive, and peace upon the earth. We ask for the salvation of all our family members and friends, and we pray your blessings on all people. May there be bread for the hungry, love for the unlovable, healing for the sick, protection for our children, and wisdom for our youth. We pray for the forgiveness of sinners and abundant life in Christ. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love and power. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

–Rev. Lia Icaza Willetts