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India Floods Appeal Prayers

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Bible reading and prayer

Psalm 46, 1-3

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the
earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the
heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

Merciful God,

We pray for the many thousands of people in Uttarakhand, Northern India,
who have experienced  catastrophe, as incessant rains in the Upper Himalayas
have led to cloudbursts, landslides and floods.
As you, O God, are Refuge,
may those making the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage,
who have been trapped by the floods far from home,
be rescued and restored to their families
May those who have lost their homes, or whose homes are uninhabitable,
be given safe, temporary shelter,
and may the provision of permanent homes be given priority as winter approaches.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for all those who have lost crops or lands, and who are in dire need
until the next harvest;
and for those communities along the routes dependent on the pilgrimage devotees,
that alternative livelihoods may be opened up for them.
As you, O God, are Strength,
may those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods
find comfort, courage and healing in their loss,
and hope in the midst of despair.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for all who are responding to the emergency,
for the Indian and state governments and their agencies,
for Indian and international NGOs, including Christian Aid partners
and for the local communities themselves.
As you, O God, are a very present help in trouble,
uphold and inspire them with the spirit of compassion,
and inspire us to offer all that we can,
in our praying, our giving and our care.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

God give them your shielding
God give them your comfort
God give them your peace

 

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