Israeli military action

May 31, 2010


Israel’s prime minister has expressed his support for the military’s actions in a deadly raid against an aid flotilla sailing to the blockaded Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says he spoke Monday to top Israeli diplomatic and security officials by telephone from Canada and voiced his “full backing” for the military. Commandos stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.

Earlier this week, members of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty singled out Israel for nuclear disarmament without mentioning Iran’s nuclear build-up. This represents a change in US policy.

Isaiah 62:1, 6, 7 (New International Version)
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

We pray for an open heaven over Jerusalem. May Your holy radiance bathe this land and Jerusalem’s righteousness shine out like the dawn. May Your revelation fill the hearts of her people. May Jerusalem’s salvation shine like a blazing torch.
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love Jerusalem be secure. May there be peace within her walls and security within her citadels. For the sake of our brothers and friends, we will say, “Peace be within you.” Amen.
Psalm 122:6-9

Personal Prayer request from Fr. Nigel Mumford

May 31, 2010

Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 08:11
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Personal Prayer request
My dear prayer warriors,

Thank you all again so very much for your prayers that saved my life.
Keep praying dear souls… it works.

I do need some follow up prayers please:

1) Please pray for the complete healing of my lungs, for the lining, for elasticity, that the scar tissue heals up.

2) For physical stamina = NRG!

3) For my muscles and tendons: that the low grade pain leave and that they are restored and strengthened by the Lord.

4) That I may speak without running out of breath mid sentence!

5) That I may speak boldly about what God is doing in the healing ministry today as I remind people that God is still very much in the business of healing, of this I have no doubt.

6) I am still on part time 2 to 4 hrs a day… please pray that I may have the strength to return to full time ministry, and one day play the bag pipes again

7) For the souls who died in combat I knew in the Royal Marines: David Allen, (NI) Jock, (Falklands) Derick Reed (NI, my drill instructor), One other in the Falklands killed by friendly fire, he forgot the password, and sadly I have forgotten his name.
For the wounded: Tom who lost both his legs and for Tim who was shot and wounded but lost his child when his wife found out that he had been shot, collateral damage! For all the souls lost in combat.

8) For revival of the healing ministry throughout the land.

Thank you so very much dear souls. I really do so appreciate your prayers.

I do so cherish your prayers.
Much love to you in Jesus name

Fr, Nigel Mumford+

US Air Force Hymn

May 31, 2010

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces of the sky;
Be with them traversing the air
In darkening storms or sunshine fair

Thou who dost keep with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight
Thou of the tempered winds be near
That, having thee, they know no fear

Control their minds with instinct fit
What time, adventuring, they quit
The firm security of land;
Grant steadfast eye and skilful hand

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
O God, protect the men who fly
Thru lonely ways beneath the sky.

US Army Hymn

May 31, 2010

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

US Navy Hymn, with alternate verses

May 31, 2010

The original words are:

Verse 1: Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 2: O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 3: Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 4: O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

There are have been alternate verses. These and their authors are:

(Submariner verses of the Navy Hymn)

“Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
May peace their mission ever be,
Protect each one we ask of thee.
Bless those at home who wait and pray,
For their return by night and day.”

Rev. Gale Williamson (date Unk)

“Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.”

David B. Miller (1965)

(Other known verses of the Navy Hymn)

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

J. E. Seim (1966)

Lord, stand beside the men who build,
And give them courage, strength, and skill.
O grant them peace of heart and mind,
And comfort loved ones left behind.
Lord, hear our prayers for all Seabees,
Where’er they be on land or sea.

R. J. Dietrich (1960)

O God, protect the women who,
In service, faith in thee renew;
O guide devoted hands of skill
And bless their work within thy will;
Inspire their lives that they may be
Examples fair on land and sea.

Lines 1-4, Merle E. Strickland (1972) and

adapted by James D. Shannon (1973)

Lines 5-6, Beatrice M. Truitt (1948)

Creator, Father, who dost show
Thy splendor in the ice and snow,
Bless those who toil in summer light
And through the cold antarctic night,
As they thy frozen wonders learn;
Bless those who wait for their return.

L. E. Vogel (1965)

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.

Author unknown

Eternal Father, King of birth,
Who didst create the heaven and earth,
And bid the planets and the sun
Their own appointed orbits run;
O hear us when we seek thy grace
From those who soar through outer space.

J. E. Volonte (1961)

Creator, Father, who first breathed
In us the life that we received,
By power of thy breath restore
The ill, and men with wounds of war.
Bless those who give their healing care,
That life and laughter all may share

Galen H. Meyer (1969)

Adapted by James D. Shannon (1970)

God, Who dost still the restless foam,
Protect the ones we love at home.
Provide that they should always be
By thine own grace both safe and free.
O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away.

Hugh Taylor (date Unk)

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
And those who on the ocean ply;
Be with our troops upon the land,
And all who for their country stand:
Be with these guardians day and night
And may their trust be in thy might.

Author Unknown (1955)

O Father, King of earth and sea,
We dedicate this ship to thee.
In faith we send her on her way;
In faith to thee we humbly pray:
O hear from heaven our sailor’s cry
And watch and guard her from on high!

Author/date Unknown

And when at length her course is run,
Her work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that in her sailed
Let not one life in thee have failed;
But hear from heaven our sailor’s cry,
And grant eternal life on high!

Author/date Unknown

Memorial Day prayer

May 31, 2010

From Mary Fairchild–
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.

We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and your peace, provision and strength to fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord’s mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Matthew 13:44-52

May 31, 2010

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
      Holy Spirit, please help everyone in this diocese find the treasure of the gospel and for joy over it leave all to keep it in their hearts.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)
      Jesus, please help us recognize the cost of the gospel and be willing to give all to gain it in our lives.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.” (Matthew 13:47-48 )
      Father, thank you for casting out your net and catching me. Please help me be among the good that are gathered into your kingdom.

“So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:49-50)
      LORD, that day of judgment and separation is a fearsome day: give us a holy fear of the consequences of sin and separation from you.

Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” (Matthew 13:51)
      Lord Jesus, please give us understanding of these things.

Then he said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)
      Jesus, please help us treasure both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Help us by your Holy Spirit share with others how you have revealed your father’s love for us in that great treasure.

      A word received: Give me your time again.

      A word received: You are in my care.

      Fortnight of intercession for the Diocesan Convention
Daily: In the Name + of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
V.      We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
R.      for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (Holy Cross Day, Sept 14)
*      Monday, May 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Scripture Verse: Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, Behold this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign tht is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also) so that the thoughts of many hearts can be revealed. Luke 2; Standing by the cross of Jesus was his Mother. John 19
      Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever Amen. The Annunciation Collect

Monday: 44; Ecclesiastes 2:1-15; Galatians 1:1-17; Matthew 13:44-52
Tuesday: 47,4 8; Ecclesiastes 2:16-26; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Matthew 13:53-58

      Notes from the Front Line

Karin Ryan and Lisa Longe sing “I Cannot Tell”, #354 in the Celebration Hymnal at St. Michael’s, Colonie, NY 5/21/10.

The congregation sings “I Cannot Tell”, #354 in the Celebration Hymnal at St. Michael’s, Colonie, NY 5/21/10.

***** Pray that the Black Flies, mosquitoes and bears will exit the Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.

      Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.

***** In the American Cemetery in Manilla, The Philippines:

      Jesus, we pray that the souls of your faithful departed and your faithful present will rest in your peace. Help us be mindful of the cost of serving you and serving our country. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

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