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Prayers for Japan

Thanks to our ALM Nick for sending these prayers and readings on from a friend in Scotland – they may be useful when praying for the desperate situation in Japan.

A baby is tested for radiation.

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Prayers following the 2011 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami

Turn your ear to me;

be swift to answer when I call.

Lord, hear my prayer,

and let my cry come before you.

Do not hide your face from me

in the day of my trouble:

Let us Pray:

Eternal God, who loves us with an everlasting love,
and can turn the shadow of death into the morning;

hear us as now we pray to you

in the quiet of these moments;

as we remember the stricken nation of Japan.

Speak to us of eternal things,
that we may have hope,
and be lifted above our darkness and distress
into the light and peace of your presence.

Amen.

Compassionate God,

we pray for the people of Japan in this time of tragedy.

we pray for calm and a settling of fear…

we pray for rescue for those who are trapped…

we pray for peace for those whose loved ones are lost…

Grant strength and wisdom to those who come

to the aid of those stricken,

healing for the injured,

and comfort for the bereaved;

in Jesus name.

Amen.

A Reading from Romans 8:

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us pray:

Gracious God,

through your Son you have taught us

that nothing in life or in death

is able to separate us from your love.

Look in mercy on all

to whom great sorrow and suffering

tragedy and terror has come

through the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Help those who are injured,

and support those who are dying.

Strengthen the members

of the emergency services,

aid agencies,

volunteers,

and all who are seeking to bring rescue and relief,

comfort and compassion.

Console and protect

those who have lost loved ones.

Give your light in darkness

to all who are near to despair,

and assure them of your upholding presence,

comforting peace,

and eternal promises;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

March 15, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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