Change of Command
Invocation May 2021
Let us pray.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies; we gather before you this morning in gratitude for our lives, our liberties, our country, for the men and women here who offer their own lives to protect these things, and for their families who bear that sacrifice with them.
WE THANK YOU ESPECIALLY FOR CHIEF (BOSUN’S) MATE JONES AND THE NOBLE SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP THAT HE HAS PROVIDED THE AIDS TO NAVIGATION TEAM SOUTH PADRE ISLAND FOR THESE PAST MANY YEARS.
WE THANK YOU ALSO FOR CHIEF (BOSUN’S) MATE UHR (OAR) RETURNING TO TAKE COMMAND OF THE UNIT AND FOR THE UNIQUE GIFTS THAT HE WILL BRING TO THE TEAM.
Pour out your blessing upon BOTH THESE MEN as they take the helm of a new responsibility. Give them each a double portion of every quality of excellence that they may be duly prepared to receive the high office of leadership entrusted to them and that they may do so with grace, humility, wisdom, and courage.
May you bless our time together now as we observe this transition and may all that we do or say be good and pleasing to you. To the glory of your Holy Name we pray. Amen.
Benediction MAY 2021
Ever-present God, you reveal your nature in that which is good, right, true, and beautiful; look kindly upon these men and women who protect, preserve, and promote these very things and especially upon (CHIEF) JONES and (CHIEF) UHR. Give them grace to act with courage and with humility, with boldness and with kindness, and give them the strength and wisdom to lead others well to do the same.
Continue your favor upon the United States Coast Guard that we may be always prepared to accomplish every mission and to make every sacrifice for the service and protection of the citizens of this great country.
May your blessing be upon everyone present here today as we go forth in greater awareness of your goodness. We pray in the Name of the one who was, and is, and ever shall be. Amen.