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Prayers for the Gulf Coast

 

Prayer for Communities in the Gulf Coast Region

 

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7

 

O God, let us join together with Christ's Church across America to pray for the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and its impacts on the people, the water, the land, and all creation. With one voice and with one heart we join together with those affected by this terrible disaster and pray that collectively we can respond to the urgent needs and sorrows of those in the Gulf region.

Guide those who labor to contain the oil that endangers the lives of so many, strengthen those who work to protect these lives, have mercy on those whose livelihoods will suffer, and give us wisdom and reverence to correct this tragedy and respectfully care for Your creation in all future endeavors.

We pray that You guide our lawmakers in their response to this disaster, touching their hearts and guiding their choices, always mindful of those most affected by this tragedy.

Help us to be faithful stewards of Your creation and come to know You more truly so we may surely fulfill our role in Your eternal purpose.  In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Confession

 

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19

 

Creator God, author of life, you made a universe of infinite complexity and beauty and entrusted us humans with the care of a tiny jewel called Earth.

With the passing of time we came to believe we were the owners of this Earth, not faithful stewards of your creation.  We have used creation without regard for the impact our rapacity had on the other creatures and humans with whom we share our earthly home. For this we ask for your mercy and forgiveness.

We pray for the oceans and all the creatures that dwell in it.  We pray for the forests and the abundance of life they nurture. We pray for the very air we breathe, now laden with the toxic gases we produce.  We pray for our children whose earthly home we have so imperiled.  Loving God, have mercy on us, grant us forgiveness and the strength to make amends.

 

Intercessions

 

For workers injured, missing and presumed dead from the explosion on the rig in the Gulf Coast tragedy and for their families and friends,

            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

For people working tirelessly to contain the oil spill and to protect fragile ecosystems and communities from its toxic impacts,

            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

For individuals and communities whose livelihoods depend upon the Gulf of Mexico,

            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

For your good Creation and all your magnificent handiwork at risk of exposure from our human errors,

            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

For wisdom to understand our dependence on You and strength that we might walk humbly in the path of justice and right relationships with all your creation,

            Lord, hear our prayer.