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Pray for and aid those suffering from Hurricane Harvey

.... so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12: 5-8

This week's epistle from St. Paul to the Romans is a powerful meditation on the unity of the Body of Christ. We are not just members of a religious denomination, of a Diocese or of a local congregation, we are "individually members of one another." When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, that suffering affects us all.

Many of us have sat, glued to the television or internet images from Texas as Hurricane Harvey devastated lives across the Lone Star State. We felt the suffering of our sisters and brothers in the tremors of our hearts. But we are not helpless. We can--and should--first of all, pray. Pray for the safety of the first responders who are risking their own lives to save others. Pray for the safety of those still hiding from the relentless rain. Pray for those who have been rescued or evacuated and will soon need to rebuild their lives. Pray for those with nowhere to go, especially the immigrants, the poor, the sick.

Second, it is not too soon to give, as St. Paul says, "in liberality" and "with zeal." The very best way for Episcopalians to respond to disasters like Harvey is by giving through Episcopal Relief and Development, our worldwide outreach to those impacted by disasters. Episcopal Relief and Development has been in touch with the Diocese of Texas and the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas. Here is Bishop Doyle's message to us all. As we know more, we will keep you informed of opportunities to serve in the recovery efforts.

Meantime, Episcopal Relief and Development has set up a Hurricane Harvey Fund. Please give in liberality and with zeal.

In Christ's Peace,
The Rev. Deacon Timothy Ervolina
Diocesan Coordinator,
Episcopal Relief and Development

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