God of Creation, God of love,

We live in a world where both beauty and danger abound,
And where disaster can strike at any moment,
Hear our prayers for those whose lives have been grievously affected by the powerful Cyclone Winston in Fiji.

For all who are grieving the death of loved ones...
For all who are missing family members and friends…
For all who are troubled with confusion or pain…
For all who cannot find adequate food or shelter…
For all who have lost their homes, community centres and workplaces…
And for all who are supporting rescue and relief efforts...
Gracious God, hear our prayers.

Strengthen with your presence all who are numb with fear and distress.
Guide those who anxiously search or wait for loved ones.
Be near any who are grieving, and bless them with your peace.

In the midst of disaster we give thanks for moments of generosity and human kindness,
We give special thanks to the people of Australia and New Zealand for their rapid efforts to relieve the suffering of a neighbour…

Grant tenderness, strength, and wisdom
To the doctors and nurses, aid workers, and emergency responders; to all who minister to human need in a time of anguish...

We gather these prayers by saying together the prayer that you taught us:

Our Creator… [Prayer of Jesus]