Emergencies

The United Church has a long history of assisting a time of emegency, both globally and close to home. 

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October 18, 2017

A prayer offered in response to unfolding events in Somalia. 

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PDF icon A Prayer of Gratitude in Times Like These
A prayer from United Church of Canada partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
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August 30, 2017
In Advent, we celebrate the story of a young family in the Middle East, displaced from their home, facing an arduous journey and great danger. This is especially poignant as more than 10 million Syrians who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by five years of civil war. Responding to this crisis has been part of the Mission & Service of the whole United Church. And there’s still...

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Caribbean Hurricanes
A bulletin insert detailing United Church and partner efforts in areas affected by the Caribbean hurricanes.

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PDF icon Bulletin insert: Extreme Hunger Appeal
A bulletin insert on the United Church's appeal for hunger in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. ...

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July 26, 2017

Ask the federal government to take immediate steps to respond to the hunger crisis in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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June 7, 2017
Call on the federal government to increase its commitment to the famine-stricken regions of Africa and the Middle East.
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April 21, 2017
Your generous gifts help United Church partners provide a wide range of life-saving assistance.
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September 18, 2017
New video: Your generous gifts support education, opportunities, and hope for displaced Syrian children and youth.
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September 20, 2017

A prayer for all those who are being affected by extreme weather events.

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May 9, 2017
Respond to the extreme hunger crisis with people of faith around the world through prayer, reflection, and action.
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May 29, 2017
All eligible donations made from March 17 to June 30 will be matched.
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November 1, 2017
The Canadian government has announced that it will match eligible donations designated for responding to needs of the Rohingya people.
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June 7, 2017
Please join Moderator Jordan Cantwell and others around the world in offering prayers, solidarity and commitment to work together in the face of extreme hunger and famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Yemen.
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August 30, 2017

Please join the Aboriginal Ministries Circle of the United Church in prayer for First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and elsewhere being evacuated due to forest fires.

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August 30, 2017
With support from the United Church and others, partners are working hard especially to empower Syrian women and children. The Joint Christian Committee for Social Services (JCC) provides services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. JCC is the Lebanon Area Committee of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees and the Middle East Council of Churches , which are Mission and Service partners...

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File Pray for Brussels
We encourage people to pray with all those affected by acts of terrorism.

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File Prayer for African Drought Relief
A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.
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March 17, 2017

A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.

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PDF icon Prayer for all impacted by wildfires in BC
A prayer for all affected by the British Columbia wildfires of July 2017.
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July 12, 2017

A prayer for those affected by the British Columbia wildfires.

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March 29, 2017

You were a refugee, seeking safety and freedom, and we did not welcome you...

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May 15, 2017

A prayer for the International Day of Prayer for Global Hunger

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March 23, 2017

Life giving and loving God,

We bring to you our love, our concern and our prayers for the millions of people facing hunger and starvation in the region around the Horn of Africa.

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File Prayer for Peace in Syria
A Prayer for Peace in Syria
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August 30, 2017

God,
we are peacekeepers and kin-dom builders
—lost—
in search of how to best support a peaceable resolution to the conflict in Syria. 

We seek stability for the people of Syria,
who are displaced from their homes, millions fleeing to other countries for safety.
Steadfast God, provide safe shelter.

We seek healthy living conditions for all;
while reports of chemical warfare and poor living conditions continue.
Nurturing God, provide access to humanitarian aid.

We seek...

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June 12, 2017

Creator God, be with us in these times of trouble:
we are surrounded by images of violence from ....

we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

we grieve for a cycle of violence that seems never-ending, and for a world that values some lives more than others.

we grieve for the dead and accompany in prayer and love all those who mourn the loss of life and security.

we confess that we who profess to follow Jesus have been unable or unwilling to obey the...

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PDF icon Praying with the South Sudan Council of Churches
A prayer of solidarity with the South Sudan Council of Churches
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March 24, 2017
Your generous gifts support partners’ response the needs of displaced Syrians and Iraqis who have taken refuge in Jordan.
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March 27, 2017

The United Church of Canada cares for refugees because we believe that sharing God’s love is our prime purpose. We believe that justice is the public face of God’s love, and work to share God’s love on a personal, local and global level. 

I see the face of God in refugees’ faces: those claiming protection, resettled, warehoused in urban ghettos or camps the size of small cities. Refugees embody the world’s brokenness. The image of a refugee child sheltering in a cattle’s shed or lifeless on a shore, cuts to the heart of God’s justice. To quell the hurt, I must respond. 
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PDF icon Service of Prayer Following a Natural Disaster
Prayers and worship ideas in response to a natural disaster
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October 18, 2017
The United Church is contributing to relief efforts by supporting food assistance programs through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
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August 28, 2017
Moderator calls on United Church people to respond to the needs of Syrians seeking refuge and assistance.
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September 29, 2017
Thank you to the people of the United Church who have responded to the Extreme Hunger Appeal, with contributions totalling over $700,000.
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September 29, 2017
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 The United Church of Canada extends its deepest condolences to those mourning the tragic deaths of Syrian refugees Aylan Kurdi (three years old), his brother Galip (five years old), and their mother, Reham. We pray also for the thousands of others from various countries who have also died or lost relatives as they risked their lives in search of...
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September 22, 2017
The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. In her first letter as Moderator to the church’s members, she writes: We are called at this particular time to witness in a concrete way to our Christian faith in response to the needs of millions of desperate...
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September 1, 2017
United Church people have reached a milestone in caring: $1 million donated to the church’s appeal for Syria Relief.
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April 10, 2017
People across Africa are facing extreme drought. A principal cause is one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history. Almost 24 million people in Africa could need food assistance soon. According to the World Food Programme, about 14 million people in southern African countries including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland will need food assistance this...

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PDF icon Where is Love? (lyrics)
A song by Joe Ramsay and Peter Woods written for GC41 2012.
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April 10, 2017

In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.

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August 30, 2017
Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to providing humanitarian relief, our partners have used the funds to provide 2,200 food parcels for...
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