The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) deeply grieves the devastation and loss in the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda). The denomination is actively responding through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its partners, and also is calling for prayer.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light. (Ps. 36:5–9 [NRSV])
God our Lord
Diyos ang aming Panginoon (Tagalog-Filipino)
Thiên Chúa, Chúa chúng ta (Vietnamese)
Shàngdì wǒmen de zhǔ (Mandarin)
The Creator of the world, the stiller of storms, our shelter and our strength:
We turn to You in this dire hour, of massive devastation and death.
Interceding for your people in the Philippines and in other parts of Southeast Asia,
Joining our hearts, our prayers, and our cries with theirs.
Hear us, dear God! We plead to You. See the suffering. Feel the tears. Come to Your
people in a way that only You can, God of mercy and grace.
Be the shelter for the thousands whose homes have now become debris or washed with
Be the healer for the wounded;
Be the comforter for many who weep, for the many who sift through the trees, who
wonder, “Where is my loved one? Why us?”
Feel the pain, dear Lord, because You know our inward parts, the heart and soul of Your
people beat with anguish that You alone can bear, that You alone can hold in the
shadow of your wings.
- the farmers whose crops are now destroyed;
- the fishermen whose boats have become parts of the seas;
- the villagers whose homes are no more;
- those who await to be rescued.
Lord our God, be the Savior of us all.
God, the fountain of life and the light of light,
Fill Your people with hope in these times of despair.
Be the light in what will be a long journey in darkness.
- rescue and relief workers, with determination and courage;
- doctors and nurses, who tend to the injured, who grow tired and wearied with overwhelming numbers and scarce resources.
Lord our God, be the Strength when Your people are weakened and worn.
- food to the hundreds of thousands who are hungry;
- water to the thirsty;
- medicine to those who need healing;
- hope to the hopeless.
Lord our God, be the Provider of Your people’s needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
Summon the prayers, mobilize compassion, prompt the action of all of your people here and around the world, with what You provide.
Lord, in Your mercies, hear our prayers.
Lord Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord Spirit, grant us Your peace.
Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012)
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Linda Bryant Valentine,
Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency