Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hump Day Prayer . . . Hawaiian Earthquake

Our brothers and sisters on the island of Hawaii experienced a 6.6-magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks this weekend. Though there was a loss of power and the collapse of bridges and roads, thankfully there have been no reports of major injuries or deaths.

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been in contact with representatives of the presbytery and synod, and it appears that the community has the capacity to respond to all needs related in this situation without external help. But we can keep the people of Hawaii in our prayers as they begin to recover rebuild and calming there nerves.

From the Common Book of Worship a Prayer for When There Is a Natural Disaster

God of earthquake, wind, and fire,
tame natural forces that defy control,
or shock us by their fury.
Keep us from calling disaster your justice;
and help us, in good times or in calamity,
to trust your mercy which never ends,
and your power,
which in Jesus Christ stilled storms,
raised the dead,
and put down demonic powers.

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