Gustav and Hanna

August 31, 2008

The paths of the two storms can be tracked here.

Dear Jesus,
You were just the son of a carpenter in a remote village, and yet You carried the world. In the face of the immense power of these storms, we are so little. Apart from You we can do nothing. Stay with those persons in the paths of these storms, Jesus. Stay with them, we pray.
John 15:5

Lord Sabaoth,
You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam; though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
The Lord of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46:1-3, 7

Lord God Almighty,
Your arm is not shortened that it cannot save. You have shown strength with Your arm. You are our Redeemer and Deliverer.
We yield ourselves to Your arm. We know not where it will lead us.
We yield ourselves to Your arm. We know You will carry us.
We yield ourselves to Your arm. We know not when we will arrive.
We yield ourselves to Your arm. We trust in You. Amen.
Isaiah 50:2, 59:1, Luke 1:51

1662 BCP

August 31, 2008

Prayers to be used in Storms at Sea
MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof. We thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help: Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgot thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word, and to obey thy commandments: But now we see, how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder; the great God to be feared above all: And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power, and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy’s sake in Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

0r this,
MOST glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest in heaven, but beholdest all things below: Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death, which is ready now to swallow us up: Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the living, shalt praise thee. O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging winds, and the roaring sea; that we, being delivered from this distress, may live to serve thee, and to glorify thy Name all the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and save us, for the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour, thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

General Prayers
LORD, be merciful to us sinners, and save us for thy mercy’s sake.
Thou art the great God, that hast made and rulest all things: O deliver us for thy Name’s sake.
Thou art the great God to be feared above all: O save us, that we may praise thee.

Short Prayers in respect of a Storm
THOU, O Lord, that stillest the raging of the sea, hear, hear us, and save us, that we perish not.
O blessed Saviour, that didst save thy disciples ready to perish in a storm, hear us, and save us, we beseech thee.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, hear us.
O Christ, hear us.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, have mercy upon us, save us now and evermore. Amen.

Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Dear Jesus,
We see through a glass darkly. We don’t pretend to fully understand the forces of evil and destruction in this world. Yet, we are assured that through Your death You destroyed him that has the power of death, that is, the devil. You, dear Savior, were manifest that You might destroy the works of the devil. We praise You for Your victory.
We bear Your name. We proclaim the good news that You have conquered the prince of the power of the air, and we beg You, dear Lord, to dissipate the winds of Hurricane Gustav. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:12, Ephesians 2:2, Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:8

Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. . . . The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:1-4, 10-11 ESV

Your word that goes out from Your mouth shall not return to You empty. It shall accomplish that which You purpose and succeed in the thing for which You sent it. We humbly beseech You, speak peace to Hurricane Gustav. In the name of Your son, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
Isaiah 55:11

Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Received via e-mail from Tom Victor of Francis Frangipane Ministries–

Father, we acknowledge you as Lord over the United States.

You reign above all gods. All power belongs to You.

We thank You for your continual protection and provision.

Using the authority given to us in the Name of Jesus, we speak to Hurricane Gustav and we command the winds and the storm to dissipate.

We ask for the peace of God to still Hurricane Gustav, and we declare that Gustav will not bring harm or destruction to New Orleans, Houston or the surrounding coastal areas.

We also speak to Hanna and the storms lining up following Gustav. We declare peace to these storms and we command them to dissipate and to do no harm.

Lord, we ask You to touch the heart of every believer in this area to pray against this hurricane. Raise up a Spirit of prayer and empower your people to pray effectively.

Father, please forgive our many sins. Please forgive our disobedience, rebellion, unbelief, and any forms of idolatry. Lord, help us to be a nation that is kind and forgiving to others.

Have mercy upon us. Lord, help us to overcome our temptations as a nation, and please deliver us from this impending destruction. We ask You to destroy every satanic assignment against our nation during this season.

Father, in Your great love and compassion we also ask you to protect the peoples of the islands in the path of Gustav, Hanna and these weather system.

Now to the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Praying for New Orleans and all in Hurricane Gustav’s path

August 31, 2008

It is so tragic to read news from New Orleans of being in the path of Hurricane Gustav and mandatory evacuations there on almost the exact date of Hurricane Katrina’s 3rd anniversary.

We’ve been particularly following news from the Rev. Jerry Kramer and Annunciation church. You can read Fr. Jerry’s blog entries here. You can donate to Annunciation’s work here (Click the paypal button on the left side of the page)

Please keep all in Gustav’s path in prayer. May the Lord have mercy on those who have already suffered so much.

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Christ, have mercy.
C: Christ, have mercy.

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of peril and apprehension, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of mighty winds, thunderous sounds, strong rains, and surging waves, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of complete uncertainty, as well as concern for our loved ones, here or elsewhere, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of our own vulnerable mortality, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the strength that God alone can give us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For all that it takes to keep our children calm and safe, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For faith that can move mountains and remove all fear, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust in God’s loving presence in our midst, even at this very hour, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust that in life and in death, God will not abandon us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Almighty God, we poor creatures place our lives into your hands that you might protect and guide us according to your will; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Do not hold our sins against us, but remember us in our faith and love for you; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Be our light in the darkness, our hope in the storm, our peace in the chaos, our trust in the unknown; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Mighty are your works, O Lord, and mighty is your saving hand.
Turn your ear to our petitions and supplications; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with is in the peril of this day/night. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen

Our pastors

August 31, 2008

Lord, I lift up ________ and his family. Place them in the shelter of the Most High to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, You are their refuge and fortress. You will preserve their family time. You will cover their home. Your faithfulness will meet their financial needs in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). You will command Your angels to guard them, as they travel and win the lost. You have said, I will be with them in trouble, I will deliver them and honor them. With a long life, I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation (Psalm 91:15-16). In Jesus’s name, I cancel all assignments of the enemy against them.

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