SERVICE TIMES

Sunday:

Morning Service - 10.00 am

1st Wednesday of the Month - 10.30 am

Communion service in the lounge.  Morning tea will be served. 

A Prayer for Tasman Wildfire

posted date: Friday 15th February 2019

While most of us are enjoying the balmy sunshine, the residents near Nelson are fearing the bushfire threatening their lives, homes, businesses and animals. The situation remains dynamic and changeable with wind heightening the danger of fire spreading more than the size of 14 Hagley Parks put together!

 

This nationally significant event could reach temperatures of 800 to 900 degrees Celsius. It would take firefighters more than 50 days to completely extinguish this fire similar to the one we experienced on the Port Hills around this time 2 years ago.

 

While it is comforting to know in many ways that the relief agencies and those providing emergency assistance are responding to this natural disaster, you may find yourself asking if there is anything you can immediately do to help… We can all pray. I ask that we all join our hearts together in prayer to seek for the Lord’s intervention and help. Matthew 18:20 says “Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.”

 

Father God,

 

“We pray for those who have been affected and impacted, directly and indirectly, by this recent massive fire. There are people who are afraid and waiting in fear of what’s next to come. We ask that you bring them consolation, comfort, strength and patience to go through this difficult time.

 

Lord, we pray that you bring rain to ease the fire. Please protect and bless those rescue workers who work tirelessly, and are risking their lives in doing everything they can to help those in trouble. May their work be guided by your Holy Spirit.

 

Please help those with asthma, bronchitis, or other lung disease to cope with the heavy smoke, and get the appropriate medical help needed.

 

We pray that the affected ones get enough food, clean water and proper shelter while they are being evacuated from their homes.

 

We are reminded of Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and our strength. An ever present help in times of trouble.” Father God, only you can make do the impossible and we are asking for one now in Jesus’s name.”

 

Amen.

 

Simon Pang