After the devastating tornadoes and supercell storms on Friday, March 31, there is severe damage in many parts of the Diocese of West Tennessee, as well as in Arkansas and Mississippi.

In Tennessee, Covington and Bethel Springs will both take a long time to recover from the damage to houses, schools, and businesses. The people who were affected by these storms are beginning Holy Week needing both prayers and action. While the roads into these towns are impassible, making delivery of supplies difficult, we are collecting donations for the Diocese of Tennessee’s Spring 2023 Storm Relief fund. You may donate online by clicking on “donate” below.

Checks may also be mailed to The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee; 692 Poplar Ave.; Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Please indicate Spring 2023 Storm Relief in the memo line.

Please keep all affected by the storms in your prayers.

God of healing and mercy, we come before you with our hearts filled with grief as we see the devastation. We pray that your presence would be felt by those who are grieving, who are injured, who have lost their homes and livelihoods. We pray for wisdom and safety for those who are responding to the people in need and the many challenges left in the wake of the event. We pray for our church, that it may be a witness to your compassion and care for all who suffer. God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. For this we give you thanks and ask that you hear our prayers for the people who have been affected by recent storms.

– Adopted from a prayer of the Mennonite World Conference for the people of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

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