Monday, February 06, 2023

Prayer and Aid in Response to Earthquake in Turkey, Syria

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In response to the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the Chapel offers this prayer:

“O Holy One, Be present with our sisters and brothers stricken by today's earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We particularly lift up those in our Duke community, students, faculty, and staff, who are affected by this tragedy. Give strength to rescue workers. Grant resources to health care providers. Enfold the weeping. Tend the wounded. Draw near to those who are desperately seeking their loved ones. All of these are your children. Abide with them today, and in the weeks to come. Do not let us turn away from the need at hand. Amen.”

The money collected from the offering during this coming Sunday’s Chapel worship service will go to a community partner, United Methodist Committee on Relief, that is processing a grant for the International Blue Crescent (IBC) in Turkey, which has issued an appeal for emergency supplies such as tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, food, and first aid.