Processing with God: Narrative Lectionary, Liturgy, Prayers
Prayer in the midst of Hurricane
God of the wind and the rain God of the hurricane Are you the God of natural disasters?
Surely not And in the wake of Fiona And the very midst of Ian God we lift our prayers to you
God help those who are evacuating and those who cannot.
Help those who are suffering, in Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba and Florida. Those in American and those who we forget are Americans.
Those who are nearby, and those who we ignore or forget– Remind us God, that you remember and care for all people Black or Brown, White or American, enemy or ally–mainlander or territory dweller. You are the God of all people, and tell us to treat the forgotten as our sibling.
Help us humans as we grapple with this thing we call climate– This beautiful, unwieldy, uncontrollable phenom that keeps us humble (when we pay attention to it)
Help us to weather the storms To rethink how we build and use resources and be community with one another Be with those who need the help the most we pray,
Not just in the exciting moments of aftermath, But throughout the long slog of care that is needed we pray. Amen.
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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