We remember today the words of our savior, Jesus Christ: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Eternal God, you alone spread out the heavens and rule the raging seas. Take into your most protection our country’s Navy and all who sail under her flag. Preserve them from the dangers of the deep and from the violence of the enemy, that they may be a safeguard unto the United States, and a security for those who sail upon the seas in peaceful and lawful missions. In their service to you, O Lord, may our sailors serve their country.
Almighty and eternal God, from whom all blessings flow, accept our prayers and thanksgivings for your servant Bob Smith.
Give us, we pray, grateful hearts for the courageous willingness of our veterans 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.
Sources: The Book of Common
Prayer, 1979. Public domain.
Enriching Our Worship 2, Ministry with the Sick or Dying; Burial of a Child,
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