Prayers for our Sisters and Brothers

Trinity of Candles

Prayers for others is a powerful way to make a difference, the Episcopal Relief and Development website says this about it:

Prayer for people in need is an essential part of Christian faith. It brings us into communion with God, where our hearts can be tuned to the needs of others — especially those who are suffering

Please join us all at St. Paul's in praying for those affected by so many natural disasters and war.  

A Prayer for First Responders

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity
and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants,
who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid,
wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary,
and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal

For those who are sick or injured

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants,
and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in you loving care;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

— From the Book of Common Prayer

For those who have died

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants,
and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 
ever. Amen.

— From the Book of Common Prayer

Moved to do more?

We at St. Paul's periodically work to help Sisters and Brothers who have been devastated, you may feel moved to help now.  Episcopal Relief and Development is the way our Episcopal Church reaches out to heal a hurting world.  They help with so many things.  Check out their website here