Pray for Greymouth

29 candles lit for each of the miners

Lighting the darkness: 29 candles lit for each of the miners

The Greymouth Ministers’ Association have broadcast a request for prayer from churches and people in New Zealand, and around the world.

For the miners who have died.  For the Holy Spirit to come and bring comfort and peace to individuals and families in their grief.

For those who are directly involved in the recovery, for wisdom in their decision making in the way they go about the recovery, support the families, handle the media, and so on. May they be ready to listen, consult and work well together and that they too are supported.

That God’s people will follow the leading of God’s spirit in offering comfort, care and support to those in need.

For the media, that they will be a compassionate and gentle in their quest for information. Not intrusive and invasive. To see the people and not just the story.

Pray for the pastors and clergy of the community, for wisdom in handling the media, sensitivity and compassion in dealing with families and strength for the duration. Pray especially for Rev. Tim Mora, chairperson of the Greymouth Ministers’ Association, and for all the clergy of every denomination who are ministering in the region.

Anglican clergy are:

  • Tim Mora, the Vicar of Cobden-Runanga and Regional Dean of Mawhera;
  • the Revs Marge Tefft and Robin Kingston – Marge is the Vicar of Greymouth and Kumara, and Robin is Assistant Priest of that parish, as well as Archdeacon and Vicar General for the Diocese of Nelson – and
  • John and Dawn Stringer are priests at Reefton and Grey Valley.)

Pray for those struggling emotionally, for those with survivor guilt, unresolved and now re-opened grief from previous mining tragedies and for those providing counselling and comfort.

Little red angels

Robin Kingston, Marge Tefft, Tim Mora

Left to right: Robin Kingston (Archdeacon and Vicar-General), Marge Tefft (Greymouth Vicar), Tim Mora (Cobden-Rununga Vicar)

In the parish of Cobden-Runanga, they’ve got a tradition of pinning little red cardboard angels to their church Christmas trees.

Usually, they do that on the last Sunday before Christmas.

This year, says the vicar, Tim Mora, they’ll be doing that earlier this Advent season.

That’s because the little cardboard red angels always go up to remember loved ones who can’t join their families to celebrate this Christmas Day.

In the past, of course, those little red angels have gone up to remember family members who can’t make it home this Christmas…

But in the parish of Cobden-Runanga this Christmas ‘absent loved ones’ takes on a different meaning.

Read the rest of this touching story here.