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Following a Natural Disaster—Service Ideas

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On May 26, 2013 (the Sunday after a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma), Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene prepared for corporate prayer with the following hymn and responsive prayer

“God, We’ve Known Such Grief and Anger”

IN BABILONE 8.7.8.7 D (“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”)

 

d1God, we’ve known such grief and anger as we’ve heard your people cry.

We have asked you, “How much longer?” We have sadly wondered, “Why?”

In this world of so much suffering, may we hear your word anew:

“I will never leave you orphaned; I will not abandon you.”

 

By your grace comes resurrection; by your love, you cast out fear. d2

You give strength and sure direction as we seek to serve you here.

You give comfort to the grieving, and you bless the ones who mourn.

May we trust in you, believing out of chaos, hope is born.

 

Hope is ours for, God, you love us! You have claimed us by your grace. d3

And through Jesus, you have called us to bring hope to every place.

In each rescue worker’s caring, in each faithful volunteer,

In each Christian’s love and sharing, God, we glimpse your kingdom here.

 

Tune: Dutch melody, arr. by Julius Rontgen (1855-1933)

Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009).

Web site: www.carolynshymns.com Permission is given for use of this hymn for local church use.

 

Responsive Prayer

Pastor:
Angry wind,
Swirling pictures,
Hearts amazed beyond belief.
In an instant,
Dreams blown away!

As your people sift through the rubble and as the victims are laid to rest,

Congregation: Jesus, speak peace.

Pastor: As displaced people long for home and church leaders continue to assess the damages,

Congregation: Jesus, speak peace.

Silence

Pastor: Speak peace and hope over families and communities devastated by sudden loss.

Congregation: Jesus, speak peace.

Silence

Pastor: Speak peace and unity over diverse groups of people, so they would come together for greater provision, just distribution and effective rebuilding.

Congregation: Jesus, speak peace.

Silence

Pastor: Speak peace and protection over rescue workers as they reach out to those who are suffering.

Congregation: Jesus, speak peace.

Silence

All:
You are the Prince of Peace.
You are the Resurrection and the Life.
You are strong to save.
Our hope and trust are in You. Amen.

Adapted by Pastor Brad Estep, Kansas City, Missouri

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