Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

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Liturgy for the Service to Honor Firemen, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Welcome

Opening Prayer:

Loving and Gracious God, Supreme Protector and the Source of our hope, strength and courage!

Our society needs men and women of integrity, courage, common sense, common decency and un-common courage for protection and help in all times and places.

You call and inspire the best of the best in our society to accept life protecting others. You call them to serve as Fire Fighters, Police -men and -women and Emergency Medical Services Personnel. They play an indispensable role in building and protecting our nation and holding together our society.

May all people of good will show their thanks and support to the police, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel who protect us from dangers as they put themselves in harms way to protect others who they may not even know.

We thank God for calling them to God’s service and ask to grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make split-second decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in their work.

When the alarm sounds, help them to faithfully serve you as they help friends and strangers.

We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

From the Sacred Scriptures:

NIV2010 Luke 10:30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

A Short Reflection Pastor Asher

The Good Samaritan as a State Trooper

The Good Samaritan as a Fireman

The Good Samaritan as an EMT

Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives.

As names are called, the bell will sound once for each name

Closing Prayer

Loving and Gracious God, Supreme Protector and the Source of our hope, strength and courage!

We pray for the firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical services personnel of our nation. Thank you for their courage, dedication and commitment in serving the people of our country. We thank you for their bravery and willingness to risk their own lives in the service of others.

We pray that you protect them from harm or injury and give them wisdom when making split second decisions. Encourage and strengthen them mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Help them to overcome the stress and hardships that come with their chosen profession.

We pray that you bless their homes and families. Give them peace, comfort, courage and stamina to cope with the sacrifices that are required of their loved ones.

We pray for our nation to envelop these servants with respect and support.

May God bless America! May God bless its law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel.

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

FYI

The Patron Saint of Firefighters – St. Florian

Florian was born about 250 CE in the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetiumin in present-day Sankt Pölten, Austria. He joined the Roman army and advanced in the ranks, rising to commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum. In addition to his military duties, he was also responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Florian organized and trained an elite group of soldiers whose sole duty was to fight fires. Because of his dedication and accomplishments in the field of fire fighting, St. Florian is the patron saint of the firefighters.

The Patron Saint of Police and Law Enforcement

In Abrahamic tradition, Archangel Michael is the Supreme Enemy of Satan and the fallen angels. Because Saint Michael came to symbolize the victory of good over evil, he is the Patron Saint of Police and Law Enforcement.

The Patron Saint of Emergency Medical Services

John of God was born 8 March 1495 in Portugal. In his early life he was a soldier; in his later years he dedicated his life to taking care of the sick. In 1535, he founded his first hospital at Granada in Spain, where he tended to the sick and afflicted. His followers later formed the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God, a worldwide Catholic religious institute dedicated to the care of the poor sick and those suffering from mental disorders. Because of St. John of God’s dedication and devotion to taking care of the sick in times of extreme peril and danger he is the Patron Saint of the Emergency Medical Services personnel.

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