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

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. 

 

Chaplain’s Corner

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Psalm 4:6, NIV

Lord our God, with all our hearts we come before your countenance. Our hearts shall always be in your presence, asking, longing, and believing that you will guide our affairs aright. Protect us, for you are our God and Father. Protect all who are in danger or who must go into danger. Make known your great love and your living presence to the hearts of the dying. Draw our hearts together so that we may have community in you, our faith and hope set on you alone. Protect us during the night, and help us to be at peace about all our concerns because they are in your hands. Every concern of every person is in your hands. We ourselves are in your hands, Lord God, our Father, and there we want to remain. Your hands can heal and restore everything. Praised be your name! Amen.

Protect all who are in danger or who must go into danger. Say a prayer for all currently serving in our military, in all capacities. Keep them safe.

Chaplain’s Corner

In Memory of Donna Fischer

A precious one from us has gone.

A voice we love is stilled.

A chair is vacant in our Auxiliary

Which never can be filled.”

“We have come to give by our simple token, official expression of the grief of this Auxiliary. May we bow our heads in prayer?”

Chaplain: “Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, felicity. We give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those Thy servants, who have finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech Thee, that we with all those who are departed in true faith of Thy Holy Name, may have perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and in soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting Glory, through our Lord. AMEN”

Chaplain: “O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, accept our prayers on behalf of Thy servant departed, and grant her entrance into the land of light and joy in the fellowship of Thy saints; through our Lord, the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight; through our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and ever. AMEN.”

Chaplain’s Corner

“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown

When you replace ‘lose’ with ‘learn’ in your vocabulary, the thought of failure becomes less daunting and lets you focus on growth.

As we move into the new year as AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS, we have a set of new officers and new members. Officers should not be afraid to start something new, build new programs for the growth of our membership, bring Americanism learning back into the schools, and awareness of the purpose of our organization through the community. We welcome all new members, encourage involvement by attending meetings and volunteering. Working together will build a better AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS.

Chaplain’s Corner

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.

Amen

Chaplain’s Corner

When our faith stands at the grave,
grieving for a stone that’s rolled away,
forgive us.

When our faith is short of understanding
though the truth is there to see,
forgive us.

When our faith, beset by doubt, sees no further
than an empty tomb today,
forgive us.

Bring to mind the cry of Mary,
‘I have seen the Lord!’
and grant us faith to believe!

Chaplain’s Corner

What a delight it is each year to welcome the newness and freshness of springtime. Wherever you live, whatever the climate, spring is a reminder that resurrection is possible, and renewal is wonderful. It’s enough to make a person want to pray. And what better prayers can we offer at this time of year than a springtime prayer such as the following:

 A Hymn of John Newton

Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by your gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.

On your garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon your presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

(Adapted from A Hymn for Spring by John Newton)
 

Whether you welcome this new season with the above, or pen a paean of praise that is all your own, may a new season of prayer blossom in your heart and life.