Call for a Day of Prayer
“A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.” Mark 4:37-39
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
Many in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean have lived through this reality in recent weeks, as the winds of Harvey
, and Maria
have killed people, blown apart and flooded their homes, and uprooted entire communities. Yet even in the midst of terror, we have seen others responding as Jesus did: ‘be still, do not fear, we will be with you.’ The calm after the storm is being filled with caring as others reach out with food, water, shelter, and the comfort that comes from knowing you are not alone.
In the western United States others have been uprooted by wildfires
, and they, too, are receiving succor thanks to the generosity of strangers. Our neighbors in Mexico have suffered two devastating earthquakes, and are in need of prayers and assistance as well.
I ask you to observe a day of prayer on Friday, September 29 (the Feast of Michael and All Angels
) for all who have been affected. Pray for those who have died, for all who are suffering the aftermath of wind and fire and flood, that they may find peace and solace in the presence of Jesus at their side. Pray for those who are being Jesus to the fearful and suffering – those who are rescuing, relieving distress, and helping to begin the long work of recovery.
I urge you, fellow Episcopalians, to surprise yourselves with deep generosity in responding to the needs created by these storms and fires. Be bold in your faith, and fearless in loving your neighbors with the abundance that leads to renewed lives and livelihoods. Be an angel, and send your message of God’s love in prayer and the fruit$ of your labors!
Your servant in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
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