Prayer For Earthquake

Resurrected Lord,
we pray for all affected by the earthquake in Nepal:
for those grieving the loss of loved ones,
for those living in fear of aftershocks,
for those trapped awaiting rescue,
and for those who are searching.
Comfort, protect, rescue and strengthen.

We pray for all who are responding on the ground:
for partner agencies coordinating the response,
for those in need of shelter, clothing, food and water,
for those in remote rural areas whose plight is yet unknown,
and for those who are travelling to and within Nepal.
Direct, provide, connect and guide.

We pray for the world as it watches on:
for the media as it tells the full story,
for compassion to overcome despair,
for unity to overcome distance,
and for kindness to prevail.
Inspire, move, unite and reveal.

In your resurrection hope we pray,

What if they were our familiar streets, Lord?
The pavements we walked down every day, cracked.
The roads we commuted on by bus or car, broken.
The underground or subway we travelled on, crushed.
The buildings we worked in, shopped in, worshipped in, crumpled.
The homes we lived in, cried in, loved in, laughed in, shattered.

God, it is hard for us to imagine,
to connect with these scenes of devastation,
but we see our brothers and sisters,
our shared humanity, suffering,
and we long for their rescue,
for their relief and recovery,
we long for their trauma to be healed
for their grief to be comforted and
for their future to be restored.

Take these gifts that we offer
And bless them and the agencies working in Nepal.
Through them may you walk among them,
repair roads,
restore communications,
rebuild communities and livelihoods, and
reveal your love.

In the name of the one who first loved us,

Lord Jesus Christ,
who was buried in earth
and who rose again to newness of life,
after the quake
and for the sake of the people of Nepal
we cry to you.

We grieve for those lost in death,
we long for those who may yet be saved,
and we pray for all who need water, food and shelter.

From death and dust, may life yet come forth.
In sorrow and suffering, may hope dawn.
And may courage and love
conquer despair.

In your name,
we pray.

O God, who hast established the earth upon firm foundations, graciously receive the prayers of Thy people: and, having utterly removed the dangers of the shaken earth, turn the terrors of Thy divine wrath into the means of the salvation of mankind; that they who are of the earth, and unto earth shall return, may rejoice to find themselves citizens of heaven by means of a holy life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

"Heavenly Father, as we stand helpless against the PHIVOLCS news release on possible intensity 8 Earthquake in Luzon, we call upon the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to save us. Please protect our families, our homes, the cities and towns we live in as well as all the infrastructure within them. Save us from the nature's wrath and keep us all safe. This we humbly pray in the name of JESUS, AMEN!

All good and all loving God, we come to you today in the face of horrific tragedy. We know that no evil comes from you, and so we call out to you as we pray for those affected by recent earthquakes.

We ask that you draw close to those who are injured and grant them healing. Comfort those families who have lost loved ones and bring them consolation.

Bless and protect those responding to this tragedy and guide their efforts. Inspire local and national leaders, that they may offer support in the long recovery ahead. And in each of us, Lord, inspire compassionate and loving action for our human family.

Above all, as your Body, guide us to a world without suffering, pain or despair; a world of full and everlasting life.

Creator God, at times such as this,
when we realised that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we had imagined, we plead for your mercy.

As the things we have built crumble,
we know too well how small we truly are on this ever-changing, ever-moving,
fragile planet we call home.

Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.

Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor.
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.|
They roam the streets in shock at what they see.
And they fill the dusty air with wails of grief and the names of missing dead.

Comfort them, O God, in this disaster.
Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still,
and shelter them under your wings when homes and offices no longer exist.

Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.

Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion, we who watch from afar,
as our friends and relatives experience misery upon misery.

Move us to act swiftly this day,
to give generously every day, to work for justice always,
and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.

And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filing the news,
and our thoughts return to life's daily rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children
and they, our sisters and brothers.

We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us and your promise of peace will never be shaken.

Lord, show us your mercy and love,

And grant us your salvation.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth,

Blessed be the name of the Lord,

Now and forever. Amen.

O God, who set the earth on its firm foundation,

spare those who are fearful and show favour to those who implore you,

so that, with all dangers of earthquake entirely gone, we may continue to experience your mercy and serve you in thankfulness,

safe under your protection.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.