Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Out of Chaos, HOPE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Out of Chaos, HOPE


Please show your support this hurricane season

(Inserts with more details are in the pews for the next few Sundays)

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges all Presbyterians to support recovery efforts this hurricane season. In the wake of catastrophic impacts from Hurricane Ian, recovery is ongoing in places hit by Hurricane Fiona, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Storms are becoming more frequent and more severe, and this early in the hurricane season we must prepare for these broad and anticipated catastrophes that have not yet formed. Give today to enable our response, from emergency needs through the long-term recovery phase.

The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.

GIVE. ACT. PRAY.

GIVE: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000194, which supports the church’s response to hurricanes and typhoons. Gifts can be made online by clicking here, going to pcusa.org/GIVE-HURRICANES, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with “DR000194” written on the memo line and Mail to:



Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

ACT:

  • Gift of the Heart kits are needed — learn more here.
  • Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources and share updates with your congregation.

PRAY: God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, hear our prayer. May those who have been spared nature’s fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water find solace, sustenance and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.

We pray for those yet in harm’s way; who wait in neighborhoods while waters rise, who pray for the rains to cease. We pray for those huddled at home or among strangers while wind ravages, for those who have fled from home and wait and wonder. We ask for sustaining courage, for the kindness of strangers, for hope that does not disappoint.

We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom these storms have not spared and to act generously on their behalf: communities whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed. We pray in grief, honoring the lives shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain.

As typhoons, floods and hurricanes assault the planet endangering Creation and so many vulnerable communities, we pray for the peoples of the Caribbean, the Philippines and Vietnam, Pakistan and our own United States. Even as year by year we endure these seasons, we also see the intensifying impacts climate change imposes on our fragile earth as storms increase in severity and number. We repent our lack of attention to this crisis and commit to repairing and healing the earth.

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, responding to the deep human needs emerging in the wake of these storms. May every tear be dried, as we join the work of your restless Spirit, hovering even now over the waters of chaos, creating, healing and birthing your new community of justice and wholeness for all Creation and for the creatures who dwell in it.

In the name of Christ the Healer we pray. Amen.

–Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance