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Call for prayer as floods devastate Gulf

In the aftermath of the extreme rainfall and devastating flooding in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and wider Gulf Region, Bishop-elect the Reverend Sean Semple has been in contact with clergy to offer his prayers for the congregations, people, and officials in all affected areas.

He writes: “As a Diocesan family we not only care for one another in times of need and distress, but also do what we can to bring hope and practical assistance to those in need in our communities. Our ability to carry on and serve others in extremely challenging times comes from our faith in the Risen Christ.”

He invites all to pray with him for those whose lives have been affected by the flooding, for all who are working so hard to care for the traumatised, and for those involved in the clearing up and repair of infrastructure.

God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by storms and flooding:
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

See the damage caused by floodwaters at St Christopher’s Bahrain

Main image credit: Khaleej Times