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RSV Jonah 2:1-10.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying
"I called to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood was round about me;
all your waves and your billows passed over me.
The I said 'I am cast out from your presence;
How shall I again look upon your holy temple?
The waters closed in over,
the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land whose bars
closed upon me for ever;
yet your brought up my life from the Pit,
O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
wills sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord!"
And the Lord spoke to the fish,
and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Prayer written by Linda O'Brien.
O loving Creator, bring healing and hope to those who, at this time, grieve, suffer pain,
or who have been made homeless by the force of flood in Colorado.
We remember those who have died and we pray for those who mourn for them.
May we all be aware of Your compassion, O God, which calms our troubled hearts and shelters our anxious souls.
May we pray with humility with our troubled and struggling brothers and sisters on earth.
May we dare to hope that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and life again.
Through our Savior Christ who lives with us, comforts us and soothes us. Amen.
Poem By Roberta Courtney
You brought the rains
That flooded our lands
Lasting day and night
How can we stand
The force of the water
With mud and debris
Where is the benefit
Destruction is all I see
Lives turned around
Is there a blessing
In this mess to be found
Community is built
Just stretch out your hand
A neighbor in need
Share the load
Do what you do
Take their hand
New friendships in view
You’ll be guided
From Heaven above
The tasks are not heavy
When shared in love
Storms can change more
Than just what we see
It can enter your heart
And set you free
Let floodwaters flow
Cleansing your slate
Making room for the new
The mystery awaits
Stop by often
When the flood is gone
We are community
And we are strong
Prayer Sent By Jose Corpus
O Lord Jesus! King of all Kings and Creator of the Universe.
Lord, please remember the people of Lyons, Colorado that they may experience Your comfort and love. Please let them know the full extent of Your assurance, mercy and grace. Many have lost homes and loved ones by flood and are searching for Your compassion.
Lord, You are the God of the Universe, You are Love itself. Please show them Your loving kindness and Your provision. Lord, we thank You for your faithfulness.
May Your love shine through the faces of Your laborers on earth as well as Your ministering angels. May there be a renewal, a restoration, a revival of Your Presence. Lord, You are greater than any calamities. May the community of Lyon fix their eyes on You as they are fully restored, strengthened and healed in the midst of their brokenness. Lord, we thank You so much for remembering our brothers and sisters. May resources be directed their way and that they remember their Provider.
Restore us, O God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
In our Lord Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.