God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken
and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
even if the seas roar and rage,
and the hills are shaken by the violence.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
(from Psalm 46)
Merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
Thank you, Father, that we have the promise you will never leave us or forsake us. Be with all who are affected by Hurricane Harvey; strengthen first responders; provide all the resources needed; and minister your peace. Cause us to come together in mutual support and care that we may demonstrate your love. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.