On June 29, news reports out of Colorado Springs, Colo., noted that the raging wildfire has “forced tens of thousands to flee, has left at least one person dead and destroyed an estimated 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in the state’s history.”
During this time, the Anglican Church in North America is urging all its members to be in prayer for those affected by this fire and the others in the state.
The three congregations in Colorado Springs associated with the Anglican Church in North America, St. George’s Anglican Church (CANA), International Anglican Church (PEARUSA), and Holy Trinity Anglican Church (PEARUSA) are in communication with one another and are actively at work, ministering and serving. Please pray for each of the church families as many have been displaced and others have lost their homes to the fire. The churches are beginning to assess the pastoral needs not only for their parishioners, but also for the community and are preparing for the range of loss and trauma that will result from the destruction.
Please join us in praying this prayer, adapted from the Book of Common Prayer - Prayers for the World: For All Sorts and Conditions of Men:
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; especially for those who are suffering from the wildfires in Colorado. We pray for protection of the land, for those who are fleeing their homes, wisdom and strength for firefighters and police, and generosity from your Holy Church to care for those in need; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
Home page photo caption: This aerial photo taken on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, shows burned homes in the Mountain Shadows residential area of Colorado Springs, Colo., that were destroyed by the Waldo Canyon wildfire. (AP Photo/John Wark)
Story photo caption: One of the hundreds of totally destroyed homes in the Waldo Canyon fire is seen from the air in Colorado Springs, Colorado June 28, 2012. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)