29 January 2013

Fire and Flood

It’s been a rough couple of months in Australia, featuring both bushfires and floods in several states.

If you are able to donate any money towards relief efforts, the Red Cross would be grateful to take your call.

Call: 1800 811 700

For online donations: Bushfire or Flood 

Mail: Send a cheque or money order to: Australian Red Cross Supporter Service, GPO Box 2957, Melbourne VIC 8060


Breaking News: Brisbane Archbishop's Flood Appeal is now open. 

Prayers:


Prayer for those affected by bushfire

All things look to you, O Lord,
to give them their food in due season:
look in mercy on your people,
and hear our prayer for those whose lives and possessions are threatened by fire.
Give protection and wisdom to fire fighters and other emergency service personnel.
Encourage our generosity to those who suffer loss.
In your mercy restore your creation and heal our land.
So guide and bless your people,
that we may enjoy the fruits of the earth
and give you thanks with grateful hearts,
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for those affected by flood

Great God
whose love for us knows no bounds,
we pray for all those who are affected by floods:
comfort all who grieve for loved ones lost;
strengthen those who face destruction of homes, memories and livelihoods;
encourage and sustain police, defence force, SES and church personnel and
all who bring relief and assistance.
Fill our hearts with compassion and generosity for all in need.
As we face our greatest fears
may we know the assurance of your presence with us
and hold fast to the promise of new life beyond all adversity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord
and who lives with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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