Prayers in the Deluge

Sep 23, 2021 | Clergy Corner

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

We have had quite the deluge over the past 3 days.  The Gentlefolk of Noble Poverty (our awesome group of volunteer handy people) are happy to report that the gym is bone dry.  The French drain that was installed after the flooding of Hurricane Florence has performed well with the 12+ inches of water that have fallen.   Thanks be to God.


Parishioners Chip Carter and Bob Belaustegui smile as they discover that the gym’s new French drain and sump pump are working.

Others have not been so fortunate.  Today, may we remember all those affected by flooding in our prayers.  Let us pray,

“Lord, we pray for your world.  We pray for all people affected by flooding today, and for all those who worry about the dangers of flooding in their own communities at this time of year.

Lord of all creation,
we know that this world is a place of danger as well as beauty,
a place of threat as well as of promise.
Defend, we pray, all those who experience or fear flooding
in this country and beyond.
Where damage has been done, help them to rebuild,
where hopes have been destroyed, help a new future to come
into focus,
where injuries of mind or body have been caused, help them
to heal,
that through trust in your faithfulness
and through the gift of mutual encouragement,
communities that suffer may find new purpose, energy
and direction,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

 *From the Canterbury Book of New Parish Prayers: Collects for the Church and for the World