Worship Resources in Times of Natural Disasters

Many of these resources, initially created for an immediate response to specific events, may be adapted or may help provide ideas for similar resources for other natural disasters or for services remembering these events.

Worship Resources in Troubled Times

When natural disasters strike, we want to bring our lament and prayers into our communal worship. These resources may be adapted or may help provide ideas for similar resources for services remembering these events.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Gracious Lord, we pray for those who are suffering from the effects of the tsunami in Japan.
Grant them your comfort, strength and healing
as they continue to rebuild their lives, homes, and communities.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

RCA: Japan Earthquake Updates and Resources

A prayer for Japan, by Jhonny Alicea-Baez, Director of Global Mission

PCUSA site for worship resources responding to crisis in Japan

Resources from GIA Publications

A Collection of Prayers for Troubled Times

Songs of Comfort and Trust in Times of Natural Disasters


Note: The following resources were provided in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, but they also speak to the suffering of victims and sorrow of viewers of other natural disasters. We encourage worship planners to give voice to the lament we have in the wake of such unspeakable destruction, and to affirm that our refuge and strength lies only in a sovereign God.

Worship Responses to the Tsunami
Pastoral wisdom and worship suggestions to aid worship planners and leaders in crafting an appropriate worship response. Prepared by Rev. Howard Vanderwell, Resource Development Specialist, CICW.

Prayer for the Victims of the Tsunami
A prayer offered in response to the Tsunami by Rev. Scott Hoezee, pastor of Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI.

Worship Services
God Is With Us: a service based on Zephaniah 3:17
Psalm 46 (My Refuge and Strength)
From Fear to Faith (Weekday Worship)
In the Pit … Waiting: A Lenten Service based on Psalm 40
Lament using Psalm 13, "How Long Will You Forget Me, Lord?"
A weekday chapel service that moves from fear to faith

 

 

Extended Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Hymn Written in Response to the Devastation of Hurricane Katrina
by Stephen Lawton

Poem Written in Response to Katrina: 'Lament For New Orleans'
by Marc Nelesen

Worship and Prayer Resources Following Hurricane Katrina
from The Text This Week

Reflecting on writing "A Congregational Lament"
by Calvin Seerveld

Music for "A Congregational Lament"
by Calvin Seerveld

Two Articles about  Expressing Lament in Worship 
Part 1, Part 2

An article for leaders who plan worship in difficult times

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