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We will be posting resources here for those who are looking for sermons, prayers, responsive readings, collects, or special news stories.

PLEASE HELP us in gathering resources and ideas for Sunday’s services. If you have resources you have created or have received something that might be of help please email them to: tsunami@clergy.net. You can simply click on the email link and paste the resource in the email and send it.

If you find these resources helpful please let me know: brett@clergy.net. We will be working all weekend and constantly updating these resources.

Thank you,

Brett Blair

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SERVICES

Homebush Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia, Uniting Church in Australia.
A Prayer Service for Victims of the Asian Tsunami

United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship.
A Service of Holy Communion in a Time of National or International Tragedy

The Upper Room Chapel, United Methodist Church General Board of Discipleship
A Service of Prayer for Those Harmed by the Earthquake and Tsunamis

  • \\ PRAYERS*

Meditation: Counting Sparrows

Tsunami Prayers

  • \\ ILLUSTRATIONS*

 

I thought this illustration especially appropriate. The application may not be your cup of tea so write your own. It is from: http://dialogue.adventist.org/articles/14_1_nelson_e.htm

Long ago, a group of poor Chinese settlers came upon a sprawling valley
floor, strategically lying between the rocky slopes of a nearby mountain and
the salty shores of the China Sea-a flatland of earth that seemed perfectly
suitable for the planting and farming of rice. And so it was decided that
the settlers would build their village high up on a flat rocky promontory
from whence they could gaze down upon that new farmland in the valley and
beyond it to the azure waters of the sea.

The village was built above, and the rice was planted below. And at long
last, life was harvesting for them new promise and hope.

One late summer afternoon when most of the village had trekked down the
slope to the fields below, one of the women who remained in the village
happened to glance up from her work and squint toward the sea. Her eyes
meandered out farther and farther to the distant sea horizon, when with a
start of fear she recognized the ominous surge of the sea-what their
Japanese neighbors called a tsunami-a tidal wave. A faraway seismic tectonic
shift in the ocean bed had created this gathering massive wall of water that
appeared to be silently thundering toward their shoreline.

For a moment she froze, realizing that nearly the entire village was
obliviously harvesting their grain along the shoreline-unaware that their
world and their lives were facing impending disaster and imminent death. The
incoming tsunami would obliterate all who were toiling in the farmland
beneath the afternoon sun-unless she could warn them.

She cried out to the few villagers who had remained up the mountain with
her. In panic they began to yell and wave and scream to their family and
children and friends below. But it was wasted effort-they were too far away.
With the racing tsunami, there was no time for them to stumble down the
rocky slopes to the valley below. They must get their attention instantly-or
all below would be lost!

It quickly became apparent that they needed something catastrophic to arouse
their endangered families below. The woman and her companions knew what they
must do. It would be a terrible price to pay. But if the doomed villagers
were to be saved, the price must be paid.

And so quickly, seizing firebrands from their cooking fires, the remaining
mountainside villagers with the woman torched their own thatch-roofed homes.
One by one the houses of the mountainside village erupted in orange flames
and billowing black smoke. And one by one the bent-over heads of the
villagers below jerked upward. Seeing the pluming smoke of their burning
village, the entire valley floor of villagers raced back up the mountain to
save their burning homes.

When in panting fatigue they arrived above, they were met by the woman and
her neighbors, who solemnly pointed back out to sea. The villagers turned in
shock to watch the roaring wall of water obliterate the farmland they had
minutes before been harvesting.

It took something catastrophic to warn of an even greater destruction
impending.

Now consider the words of the ancient prophet Isaiah: "In the path of your
judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul's
desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within earnestly
seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the
world learn righteousness" (Isaiah 26: 8, 9, NRSV). "When your judgments are
in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness." Which being
interpreted means-when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of
the world are pointed to safety and salvation. Because there are desperate
times when it takes something catastrophic to warn of an even greater
destruction impending.

Thanks to Jonathan Funkhouser

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Don't be mislead as to the Biblical significance of this disaster. I'm going to read some scriptures in a moment that I hope will help us to view the big picture, not the sensationalism of the moment While the Word does say that in the end times there will be earthquakes - please note that earthquakes of this magnitude have hit the earth for 1000's of years.


In the year 69 an earthquake hit the region of Pompeii - followed by a volcanic eruption that destroyed numerous villages and killing over 20,000 people. In 476 AD an earthquake hit Rome which all but decimated the city. In 526 250,000 people were killed in an earthquake in what is now known as Turkey. In January of 1556 over 830,000 people were killed in an earthquake in China. In 1703 an earthquake in Tokyo killed 200,000. History records an earthquake in India in 1737,  that was responsible for 300,000 fatalities. In 1868 a Tsunami hit the coast of Peru with such force the waves reached 3 miles inland - tens of thousands were killed. In 1923 Tokyo lost 140,000 people to an earthquake. In 1935 India lost 50,000 to a quake. In 1976 in China 240,000 people died during an earthquake in Tangshan.

Throughout recorded history earthquakes and tsunamis have
taken hundreds of thousands of lives. Any earthquake, or for that matter any disaster, in and of itself cannot be pointed to as the fulfillment of any scripture or prophecy. I was raised hearing how every thing that hit the newspaper was this scripture or that scripture being fulfilled. And it wasn't.


And people who accept Christ out of fear seldom remain believers. And they are far more difficult to ever reach for Christ again. We cannot know with any certainty or accuracy that any earthly event fulfills a certain prophecy.

From a sermon by Ric Freeman, Weatherford, ok.

 

  • \\ RESPONSIVE READINGS – Blessings - Benedictions*

Minister: Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.

People: Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love.

Minister: I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.

People: In your great mercy turn to us.

Minister: I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

People: Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love.

Minister: I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.

People: In your great mercy turn to us.

Minister: My eyes fail, looking for my God.

People: Rescue me from the mire; do not let me sink;

Minister: Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love.

People: Deliver me from the deep waters.

Minister: In your great mercy turn to us.

People: Do not let the floodwaters engulf me

Minister: Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love.

People: or the depths swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me.

Minister: In your great mercy turn to us.

 

Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com, Adapted from Psalm 69: 1-3, 14-16.


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Leader: My God, My God, why have you forsaken us?

People: Why are you so far from helping us, from the words of our groaning?

Leader: O' my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.

People: I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax, it is wilted within my breast.

Leader: But you, O Lord, do not be far away! You are our help, come quickly to our aid!

People: For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted, he did not hide his face from us, but heard when we cried out to him.

Sent in by Joe Spencer - Adapted from Psalm 22: 1-2, 14, 19, 24 NRSV


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A Tsunami Blessing

Blessed are those who mourn for the tsunami's victims; may they

    find comfort in their pain and hope in their helplessness.

Blessed are those who found a way to survive; may they now find

    sufficient strength and healing as they reassemble the scattered

    pieces of shattered lives.

Blessed are those who tirelessly strive to give relief; may they

    be amply encouraged in their valiant efforts.

Blessed are those who generously give money and supplies...may

    they know the deep satisfaction of having made a difference.

Blessed are those in every nation who unite now in compassionate

    service and love; may they show us what it means to be family.

By Steve Goodier www.lifesupportsystem.com


HYMNS


When In Creation

In Every Face We See The Pain

O God, That Great Tsunami

This hymn comes from Australia and is based on "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded."

O God, that great tsunami has stunned us one and all;

Our neighbors reel in anguish while homes and cities fall.

O God of wind and water who made the sea and sky,

Amid such great destruction, we mournfully ask "Why?"

How many folk have perished? We can’t their bodies find:

Life will not be the same now for those they’ve left behind.

More than a million mourners are grieving to their core;

O Jesus, Friend and Savior, you suffer with the poor.

Economies are ruined and lives in tatters lie,

Sewage is washed down-river while lonely orphans cry:

O Spirit, send your comfort and give us faith that cares.

For when our neighbors suffer, our lives are bound with theirs.

Text: “The Storm Came to Honduras” © 1998 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. Adaptation © 2004 by Peter Holden. PASSION CHORALE 7.6.7.6 D

Tune: Passion Chorale Hans Leo Hassler, 1601 ("O Sacred Head, Now Wounded").

Free one-time permission is given to congregations that are using the hymn to support ecumenical relief efforts in response to the earthquake and tsunami of December 2004 in Asia.


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O God, Our Words Cannot Express
(Tune: ST. ANNE CM "O God, Our Help in Ages Past")

O God, our words cannot express
The pain we feel this day.
Enraged, uncertain, we confess
Our need to bow and pray.

We grieve for all who lost their lives...
And for each injured one.
We pray for children, husbands, wives
Whose grief has just begun.

O Lord, we're called to offer prayer
For all our leaders, too.
May they, amid such great despair,
Be wise in all they do.

We trust your mercy and your grace;
In you we will not fear!
May peace and justice now embrace!
Be with your people here!

Tune: Attr. William Croft, 1708.  Tune is in public domain.
Text: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  All rights reserved.
305 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071  Phone: (856)-589-8444  Email: Bruce.Gillette@ecunet.org

Permission for free one-time use of this hymn is given.  Please include the above copyright and contact information (in smaller typer) when copying the hymn text. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, NJ and author of Gifts of Love:  New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000).


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"In Times Like These"
Paul Janssen (tune: Was Mein Gott Will)

In times like these, we strain to sing a hymn of exaltation.
Our voices fill with bitter tears; our souls, with lamentation.
The seas have swelled; we wonder where you were 'midst nature's violence.
We long to sing with joy and praise, but shudder at your absence.

Creating God, you spoke your Word and guided this world's making.
Where was your voice to turn the tide, to calm the deep earth's quaking?
We have no words to understand the scope of human sorrow.
So speak through us and give us strength to make a new tomorrow.

Redeeming Christ, you raised your hand, and winds and waves were quiet.
But now we see no miracle when oceans go a riot.
The tidal wave rekindles fears, reminds us of our weakness.
Awake, O Lord, and calm our souls! Cast out despair and bleakness!

O Spirit, once you brooded o'er the face of formless waters.
So comfort those whose lives are rent, who've lost their sons and daughters.
And stir our hearts, though numbed by pain, to newfound depth of feeling.
And make us agents of your love, your grace, your hope, your healing.


NEWS STORIES AND MEDIA RESOURCES
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Great Article/Story about Missionary work in the area:
Missionary, orphans make harrowing escape

Tsunami Death Toll Soars to Near 77,000

Death toll reaches 100,000


Tsunami Death Toll Jumps Over 120,000

Indonesia Needs Help, Death Toll Expected To Exceed 400,000


American diver underwater during catastrophe

Large python saves Riza and twins

Here is a Yahoo.com search for tsunami news articles.

World waking up to the gravity of the disaster.

Killer waves, then a day on the beach

A Great List For PHOTOS

DISASTER RELIEF AGENCIES
You might give this list to your congregation. One of these agencies might strike a nerve and cause someone to give more than they normally would.

Compassion International announced it is setting up a Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund as word reached its headquarters that at least three Compassion projects have been significantly impacted by the Christmas weekend disaster. People interested in donating to the Tsunami Relief Fund can go to www.compassion.com.

Financial donations to support CRWRC Disaster Response efforts should be marked “South Asia Earthquake” and sent to CRWRC at 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560. Credit card donations can also be given by calling 1-800-55-CRWRC or through CRWRC’s website at  www.crwrc.org.

Food for the Hungry has already been distributing clean water and critically needed items including food, shelter and clothing through its many partners including EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India's Commission on Relief).  They are also teaming up with churches in Thailand, Sri Lanka and working with other local organizations to help victims in the countries hit worst. Food for the Hungry is urging individuals to please help the earthquake victims by calling 1-800-2-HUNGERS or by donating online, www.fh.org/main_donate

To help Gospel for Asia bring help and hope to the tsunami victims, please go to www.gfa.org. To help you pray for these suffering men, women, and children, GFA will be posting updates and photos from the disaster areas as they become available.

Connecting with key national ministries and leaders – the heartbeat of New Directions International’s approach to missions – is particularly valuable at a time like this. NDI’s partners in India and Sri Lanka already are ministering to people in their communities. One Dollar will provide one nourishing hot meal and clean drinking water for a day to the neediest victims.  $60 will provide a Tarpaulin Tent and cooking utensils, blankets and food for one week. You may support the work of NDI by visiting www.newdirections.org/donate.php You may also mail contributions to “Tsunami / Earthquake Relief,” New Directions International, Box 2347, Burlington, NC, 27216. (Phone: 336-227-1273)

To help those who have been impacted by the Southeast Asia earthquake and tsunamis, tax-deductible contributions can be made to Operation Blessing’s Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-730-BLES (2537). Internet users can make a secure online credit card donation by visiting www.ob.org.

Samaritan’s Purse has deployed emergency teams to Sri Lanka and Indonesia to help provide critically needed items, including emergency food, temporary shelter, water filtration units, and medicine. Samaritan’s Purse will also be providing assistance through Christian partners in India and Thailand. Those interested in helping the survivors of this disaster can contact Samaritan’s Purse by mail at P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607; by phone at 1-877-567-8989; or online at www.samaritanspurse.org.

World Relief is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals; its mission is to alleviate human suffering and poverty worldwide. World Relief's Disaster Response Director and India Country Representative have begun their assessment in Tamil Nadu, India. Current plans are to focus on India and Sri Lanka, primarily working through local partners: In India - Discipleship Center and OM India. In Sri Lanka - National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. Send donations to World Relief, 7 East Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202, www.worldrelief.org. Call 443-451-1900.

You can donate to World Vision efforts at www.worldvision.org. Your gift will rush food and Family Survival Kits to Asian countries affected by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami and provide other relief as needed. Each kit provides things like blankets, tarps for temporary shelter, water purification tablets and cooking supplies. World Vision will also provide other critically needed relief response, such as food or medicine, where needs arise.

 

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