Lord, we bring before you all our relations in British Columbia
who are suffering from the effects of the storms and extreme flooding in recent days.
We pray for our siblings who are cut off and in need of medication, food, and the necessaries of life. 
We pray for emergency workers who are risking their own security for love of neighbour.
You are the same Lord who stilled the storm,
the same Lord whose healing touch restored health and wholeness to the desperate;
strengthen them in their hour of need.
Watch over them; grant them perseverance and courage. 
And may they draw strength from your love as a firm foundation to build their future.
We ask all this in your strong name, Jesus. Amen.

(a prayer offerd by Bishop Bell in the Diocese of Niagara)

For the cold and homeless

God of compassion,
your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold
especially in this bitter weather.
Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them
with shelter, food and friendship.
We ask this in Jesus' name.