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Wing Commander Al Deere

Al Deere, a Whanganui law clerk before joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1937, was already an ‘ace’ - unofficially credited with more than five victims - from his efforts in France during Dunkirk where he was forced to ditch his Spitfire on the beach after shooting down 6 Luftwaffe aircraft over the French coast while protecting the evacuation. A member of 54 Squadron, he added significantly to his reputation during the Battle of Britain, shooting down another 4 enemy planes and having so many narrow escapes that he would entitle his memoirs, 'Nine Lives'.

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Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.

Old Testament Reading - God’s People Are Comforted


25“With whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

26Look up into the heavens! Who created all these stars? As a shepherd leads his sheep,a calling each by its pet name, and counts them to see that none are lost or strayed, so God does with stars and planets!

27O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and isn’t being fair? 28Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. 29He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. 30Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. 31But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

. . . . .Isaiah 40:25–31
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We pray for all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbours
and for those who are alone.
For this community,
the nation,
and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.