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February 24th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

(‘Light’ by xkcd.com)

Eternal God, shepherd of your people,
we feel the fleeting passage of life,
and we know how fragile is our existence
on this tiny planet amid the spinning galaxies.
We confess with the prophet:
“All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall…”
Yet we also confess:
“The word of our God stands forever.”
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
We look to you as frightened children look to their mother,
for you alone can comfort us.
Have mercy on us, O God.
See our tears and hear our cries
and lead us all, as pilgrims,
through this valley of death’s shadow
into the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord. Amen

(The Worship Sourcebook, p228)

It’s very hard to know what to do to help our friends in Christchurch.

Roi has pointed out one practical opportunity: offering accommodation to affected people for a holiday or longer period out of the shaking. Click here to register an offer with Quake Escape.

Lots of great organisations are receiving donations to help with the rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts. If you are at a loss who to give to, do feel free to contribute to the Baptist Union fund which is being distributed by the Baptist Association in Canterbury. This option will be available on Sunday and we will pass on all donations to the Union.

The Baptist Union website has an article about Christchurch Baptist churches from before the latest aftershock which you can read here. I have friends at Oxford Terrace Baptist (Jude S-M’s church as a student), which has now been flattened, and hope to bring updates from them soon.

And in the meantime, let’s pray.

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