Thursday, November 23, 2006

Prayer request

Let us add the needs of our Australian brothers and sisters to our prayer.

Australian Christians pray for rain

Leaders of all the main churches in Australia have called for a national day of prayer for rain this Sunday.

Many parts of the country have been stricken by a severe drought. The proposal for a National Day of Prayer was made at a national meeting of Christian leaders.

Speaking on behalf of the Australian bishops, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson told the Sydney Morning Herald: "We should remember the many people on farms and in small businesses who are suffering, often in a deeply personal way."

"Local churches are already providing practical and personal support, and will continue to do their utmost," he said.

Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said: "We invite all Australians to express their solidarity with those who are suffering by taking a few moments to pray or to join a local worship service where prayers will be offered."

The church leaders also called for prayer for "commitment to responsibly care for all our natural resources".

-- Independent Catholic News 2006, by Claire Bergin, November 23, 2006, Sydney, Australia


Blogger Sorka said...

I wish I could send them Oregon's rain. We have had quite enough this month.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The charitable thing to do would be to gather up all the rain sticks that are lying idle in church choir storage rooms and send them to Australia. Add that to some lovely liturgical rain dancing, and the Aussie's problems will be solved.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Thank you for thinking of us.

These are some prayers from the archdiocesean website:

Prayer in Time of Drought

All things look to you, O Lord,

to give them their food in due season:

look in mercy on your people,

and hear our prayer for those whose lives and possessions

are threatened by drought.

In your mercy restore your creation and heal our land.

So guide and bless your people,

that we may enjoy the fruits of the earth

and give you thanks with grateful hearts,

through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for Rain

God our heavenly Father

through your Son you promised

to those seeking first your kingdom

and your righteousness

all things necessary for bodily welfare:

send us, we pray, in this time of need,

rain to water the earth,

that we may receive its produce

to strengthen and sustain us

and always praise you for your bounty;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

11:29 PM  

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