A.O.S. FELLOWSHIP DINNER,
JULY 14, 2014
PRAYER BEFORE MEAL
God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are his,
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Capt. Joe Fonseka)
Today we pray for the work of Seafarers' Missions, their chaplains and ships visitors around the world as they care for and welcome seafarers. We pray that you will help them in their work of caring for and supporting seafarers. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for the families of seafarers who are left at home. We pray for wives and husbands as they miss their partners and care for their families, for children as they miss a parent and for others as they miss a boy or girl friend, grandparent or son or daughter. Bless those who remain at home whilst a loved one is away at sea. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for all ship owners that they will take their responsibility seriously to care for those who crew their ships. We pray that all ships may be properly maintained and kept in a seaworthy condition. We pray for protection on all ships and their crews when they sail in seas affected by piracy. Help Mission chaplains and others as they care for seafarers who have experienced a piracy attack. Lord Hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
(Fr. Dominic Chan VG)
We pray for ourselves that we may have grateful hearts for all the food and other necessities of daily life that we so easily take for granted. Help us to remember the seafarers who work so hard that we can enjoy an easy life. Lord Hear us. Lord graciously hear us.
Let us join together in the words that our Lord Jesus himself taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Most Revd Archbishop Paul Kwong)
Lord God, of the universe, the fertile and, the swarming sea, bless those who leave their families and 'ends to sail the seas in dangerous and lonely conditions to make a living and to bring us the things we depend on. May they be given courage when they are in danger; friendship when they are lonely; strength when they are weary; and hope when they feel discouraged, so that they may return to loved ones with the knowledge of a good job done.
Give them faith when they doubt, hope when they despair, and the joy of home-coming
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
(His Eminence Cardinal John Tong Hon)
Our Father Heaven, we give thanks for the pleasure of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for this food prepared by loving hands. We give thanks for our life, our home, cur family, our friends, our faith, our church, our mission, and all other blessings. As we partake of this food, we pray for health and strength to carry on and try to live as You would have us. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the love of the Lord Jesus Draw us to himself. May the power of the Lord Jesus Strengthen us in his service. May the joy of the Lord Jesus Fill our souls. May the blessing of God Almight, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen