As the fires rage in British Columbia, the moderator, the Rev. Peter Bush, invites the people of The Presbyterian Church in Canada to pray.
God of mercy,
We pray for the people of the British Columbia interior impacted by these fires—Williams Lake, Cache Creek, Ashcroft Indian Reserve, 100 Mile House—and other places impacted but whose names we do not know.
In mercy, look down upon those who have lost property, we cannot imagine what it is to lose everything in a fire.
In mercy, look down upon those who have left everything behind and do not know if they will have anything to return to, we cannot imagine what that feels like.
In mercy, look down upon those who are driving out through smoke and danger.
We pray for firefighters—we are astounded by their courage, their skill, and their stamina. Keep them safe in extraordinarily dangerous situations. Be with their family and friends, who support them and worry about them.
We pray government officials and emergency planners that they would have wisdom, patience, and calm while all around them there is chaos and uncertainty.
We thank you for communities like Prince George and Kamloops and others that are welcoming evacuees from the fire, give the leaders and citizens of these communities caring hearts, welcoming smiles, and good spirits to show hospitality to the thousands who are arriving on their doorsteps.
God of the weather, we ask for rain with no lightning and cooler weather with no wind.
We bring before you all those connected with the Presbyterian Church’s Cariboo Ministry who are impacted by this fire, and all those Presbyterians who may have the opportunity to show hospitality—let them know that they are loved and prayed for by your church.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
—The Rev. Peter Bush, Moderator of the 143rd General Assembly
For updates from Rev. Shannon Bell-Wyminga (Cariboo Region), visit presbyterian.ca.