Monday, October 29, 2012

Suggested Actions During and After Hurricane Sandy

During and immediately after the storm:
  1. Check on your neighbors and vulnerable members of the community and your congregation.
  2. Find out and distribute information about where to get help immediately and in the short term including phone numbers of the local municipality and the Red Cross.
  3. Provide hospitality for first-responders and people immediately affected by the storm.  If possible, open your church building as a place to wash up, use the telephone or internet, get a hot meal especially for those who have lost electricity, rest from the elements, and more.
  4. Offer prayer for people who are suffering and open your sanctuary for prayer and meditation.

Prayer for Hurricane Sandy Victims

"God of renewing love, sustain those who are suffering in this storm.  Walk with all whose lives are being impacted now and in the aftermath as they seek to rebuild following the disaster.  Bring hope in the midst of despair.  Grant patience and endurance to those who bring aid and assistance.  Assure all of your presence in this time.  In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen."