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Haiti Disaster Relief & Response from Grace Street

January 13, 2010

My Dear People,

As I trust you have heard by now, there were a series of devastating earthquakes in Haiti yesterday. There are reports that the capital of Port-au-Prince has been destroyed. Please join me in offering prayers for the people of Haiti. Following is one prayer that you might offer, adapted with permission from a prayer by the Rev. Chip Stokes of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, FL:

Holy God, source of life, lover of souls, out of the depths we call to you; in the face of incomprehensible anguish and sorrow, we lift the cries of our distress and implore you to show mercy upon those who are suffering from the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. We pray for those who have died and for their loved ones who grieve, asking you to hold them in the arms of your love; we pray for those who have been injured in body, mind, or spirit and ask you to heal them; we pray for those who are homeless and wandering, for families torn asunder, and ask you to shelter them. Strengthen the hands and hearts of those who assist in relief efforts and grant us all firm resolve to stand with our neighbors who are in need, to love them, and to offer our generous support of them in this their time of trouble; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

This Sunday, we will also take up a special offering that will be sent to the Haiti Relief Fund of Episcopal Relief and Development, the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. In the meantime, you can send checks directly to St. Paul's Episcopal Church (815 East Grace Street) with a note in the memo section that says "Haiti Relief Fund."

St. Paul's Episcopal Church has also established a disaster relief fund and from that fund we will match whatever offerings are made in response to this call, so that your $25 donation will equal $50.

As further plans develop, we will coordinate our efforts with the Diocese of Virginia and Episcopal Relief and Development.

Let us pray for relief and for hope.
Your brother in Christ,


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