Praying With the Pastor

“The death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria passed 5,000, as rescue efforts were hindered by heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and blocked roads…Turkey’s president declared a three-month state of emergency in southern areas of his country…” – The Wall Street Journal (02/07/2023)

Dear Friends,

Please join me in prayer this week for the families of those killed and others impacted by the devastating earthquakes that recently took place in Turkey and Syria. You can give to relief efforts through our United Church of Christ at the following link: Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal

Pastor Basile

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57:1-2)

A Prayer
God of grace and mercy, there are many who are suffering loss today. Around the world and in our communities we are mourning. Today we come holding in our prayers our siblings in Turkey and Syria who are still searching and rescuing survivors and victims of this earthquake. Be present with these families and communities during this time of crisis and need. Be a source of strength and comfort through these days ahead. Help us to be present on behalf of those in need. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

– The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, United Church of Christ

“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world. Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter. May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!