In accord with a request for prayer from the Bishops of New Zealand, I ask for the prayers of our church for all affected by the 6.3 earthquake near Christchurch. As the Dean of the cathedral has said “the cathedral is severely damaged but it’s about people and lives. We’ve got to take care of one another and pray for each other.”
Let us hold in prayer all those who await news of loved ones believed to be buried in the rubble, all who have died or been seriously injured and all who are providing emergency services.
In particular I ask you to remember Bishop Victoria Matthews and all who are providing pastoral care at this critical time.
I issue this call for prayer, confident in your compassion, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Archbishop and Primate