Prayer in a Time of Disaster

 

Leader: All-powerful Father, God of goodness, you provide for all your creation. Give us an effective love for our brothers and sisters who suffer from disaster. Help us to do all we can to relieve their pain.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Reader: A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

Share your bread with the hungry,
and shelter the homeless and the poor,
clothe the man you see to be naked
and turn not from your own kin.

Then will your light shine like the dawn
and your wound be quickly healed over.

If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry,
and relief to the oppressed,

your light will rise in the darkness,
and your shadows like noon.
The Lord will always guide you,
giving you relief in desert places.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Leader: Lord God, our crosses are heavy, more than we seem able to bear at times.

We believe that you have not turned away from us in our struggle to be faithful. Hear us and be our help as we place our needs before you.

All: The Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?

Leader: It is tempting at times, like Peter, to deny the suffering that is part of our growth in faith. Give us courage to accept our crosses with hope and grace.

All: The Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?

Leader: Sometimes it is harder to watch others struggle under the weight of their crosses than to bear our own. Show us how to be supportive, caring and compassionate with those who suffer from natural disasters.

All: The Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?

Leader: The invitation to save our lives by losing them is both mysterious and disturbing. Strengthen us as we let go of aspects of living that ultimately rob us of true life in you.

All: The Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?

Leader: We ask all of this in the name of Jesus our Lord and savior.

All: The Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong? Amen.