How you can help 

  • Pray your own prayer or the prayer below
  • Write a check to the church marking Advance #982450, which will send the funds you donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) refugee fund
  • Click here to donate directly to UMCOR through their website

A prayer for refugees

  • God of our refuge,
    • Through generations you sheltered your people
    • You have strengthened them in times of exposure
      • and guided them through times of wandering
    • For you are a God whose strength is perfect in weakness
  • In light of your character, we pray this morning for refuge for our brothers and sisters in Europe
    • We pray for shelter for the thousands of refugees crossing Eastern Europe
    • We pray for an end to the exposure they have faced in war-torn countries
    • We pray for your strength to perfect their weakness
  • For in these past few weeks, those to whom we are connected through you:
    • your kurdish sons and daughters
      • your syrian sons and daughters
      • your iraqi sons and daughters
      • your afghani sons and daughters
    • have braved hostile governments
      • depraved fundamentalists
      • and foreign soldiers
    • in the midst of war-torn countries
      • and unspeakable violence
    • simply to seek shelter and to find peace
  • God of our refuge, bring your peace
    • bring your comfort
    • bring your hope
    • and bring your justice
  • Raise up your church to respond to the suffering of so many
    • to shine your light amidst the darkness
    • to provide shelter amidst the exposure
    • to demonstrate your strength in the midst of weakness
  • God of our strength,
    • be a present help in their trouble
    • as you are a present help in our trouble
  • That we may not fear
    • though the earth around us seem to give way
    • though the mountains of stability in our lives shake and tremble
  • For you are the God of refuge
    • you are the God who provides shelter
    • you are the God of grace and mercy
  • And for this, we give you thanks, honor, and glory.
  • Amen.