Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon

Please pray for everyone affected by the fires

I am about to go to church and get ready for the first service of the day. I don’t know what people will want to do – the service I planned no longer fits. And I’ll keep my phones on in case I get called out for the Recovery phase. Please, please pray for all those in mourning, for all those fighting the fires, for all those volunteering. And ministers and others, if you have any liturgies that can help, please send them to me

Loving God, we come before you this morning,
knowing that just as your share our joys,
you also grieve with us in times of sorrow.

We ask for your special blessing on those affected by the fires.
We pray for those mourning loved ones this morning,
And those who do not know whether or not their loved ones have survived.

We pray for those who have lost their homes,
towns that have lost their community buildings,
children who have lost their schools.

We hold in our hearts before you the people
of Kinglake, Wandong, Kilmore, Beechworth, Bendigo, Horsham,
Hidden Valley, Heathcote Junction, Whittlesea, Bunyip, Churchill,
and all the other places that have suffered or are under threat.

Loving God, we thank you for all those who fought and are fighting the fires.
Thank you for the courage and commitment of members of the CFA
and the other emergency services.
Please bless them and keep them and hold them safely as they seek to protect others.

Loving God, please help us to care for our neighbours and to serve you.
Show us what to do, and help us to do it.

Encircle us all with your care, loving God,
And fill us all with the deep strength of Jesus.
Please bring the cool weather and the rain,
let the threat recede, and the rebuilding begin.

We ask all this in the name of Jesus, our Brother and our Friend.
Amen.

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February 7, 2009 - Posted by | Life, etc.

4 Comments »

  1. Avril, have you remembered the lament-form gathering of the people in SLD-2, in Uniting in Worship 2? And the laments on the CD-rom? They might help in coming days.

    Comment by PaulW | February 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. […] 25 people so far confirmed dead from bushfires, and it seems likely there will be more. See this link […]

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  3. Thinking of you from afar – and glad you’re not in danger…the news coverage we’re getting looks awful and we’re praying for the area and all affected! (Californians are particularly sensitive to wildfire in general, and drought-related fire in particular…)

    Comment by Aimee | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. You got a good rap from the VCC chaplaincy guy at the briefing day I went to a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember exactly what the context was, but he commented that “there was a Uniting Church minister around Romsey,” which led Linley and I to look at each other and mouth, “Avril!” and he indicated you had been doing some good work with people in the fire situation. (sorry to be so vague, I think my brain is borken).

    Comment by Caro | March 19, 2009 | Reply


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