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.

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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. 

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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

Chaplain’s Corner

To Feel Honored
“God, please let every veteran of our nation’s armed forces feel truly and appropriately honored by the attention and appreciation of their fellow citizens. Let no one feel forgotten or neglected. Let every man and woman, young or old, feel the deep and enduring gratitude of our nation and its inhabitants.”

 To Be Understood
“You know that it can be difficult for a person who has returned from battle or stressful military service to reintegrate into ‘normal’ everyday life. You know that veterans can feel isolated and alone even in the midst of their  friends and  families because there are few around who understand their experience. So I ask You to place in the path of our veterans those who do understand (or strive to), that they may feel less alone. Remind them often that while their fellow human beings may never fully comprehend, You see, You know and You identify with them in everything.”

To Be Healed
“Lord, You know how deep a warrior’s wounds go. You know the loss that many of our veterans in body and soul. You know the memories that haunt them and the scars that many of them continue to carry.  Please bring healing to those veterans who still hurt. Please grant patience and wisdom to those around them who cannot understand but can sometimes help the healing process. Please apply both natural and supernatural medicine to their wounds.”

4) To Be Rewarded
“Father, please turn your gaze to those men and women who in their military service have sacrificed time, comfort, strength, ambition, health and prosperity for the peace and safety of family and friends and others they’ve never even known. Please reward them a hundredfold for all their sacrifice and service. Bless them far beyond all their expectations. Reward them richly for all they have given.”

 To Know You
“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”

Chaplain’s Corner

Have you ever looked up the word veteran? The dictionary defines it as a person who has had long experience in a particular field or a person who has served in the military. If you’re a veteran or have a family member that served in the military that definition doesn’t begin to substantiate the sacrifice that every veteran has given to its country. We are forever indebted to these brave men and women who laid their lives on the line for people they’ve never even met. As we remember their duties and everything they put on the line, it’s crucial that we share prayers for veterans who fought for our freedom.

With the month of October the beginning of our membership drive, remember our Veterans and remember why your membership with the AMVETS Organization is important. We work hard to protect the rights and benefits they earned while in service, and their families.

Lord, We lift up prayer for those who lead and direct our soldiers. May their daily decisions bring powerful protection and abundant provision to our men and women in uniform. Amen.

Whether a veteran is physically in battle or just mentally, we mustn’t forget the price that they’ve all paid. Some veterans have found salvation from their post-traumatic stress disorder however, others haven’t. When you utter prayers for veterans remember that a soldier’s work is never done. Even though they may not be physically on the front lines their mind and soul may still be there. All in all, it’s important to pray for protection for the men and women in uniform. It’s important to not forget their sacrifice. We shouldn’t categorize their prayers in representation of a holiday or celebration. Instead these prayers for our soldiers should be recited every day.