O GOD, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We are known for extreme conditions here in South Dakota, but right now we are enjoying a lovely, gentle autumn, while others around the nation really suffer.
Of your charity pray for the people of California, where wildfires are out of control. Pray for Governor Schwarzenegger, for all firefighters, and for weather that favors their efforts. Pray for those who have died or been injured, for several hundred thousand displaced people, for those who are suffering property loss.
Of your charity pray for the people of Georgia, where drought conditions threaten the water supply. Pray for Governor Perdue, for President Bush and federal authorities considering the state's requests for help, and for all the people, especially in the counties most at risk. Pray for rain.