Comments: New Zealand earthquake

I've been in a state of denial I realize. Reading this has shocked me.

Seeking to hold all there in the Light.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:31pm GMT

Thank you for posting these stories. This morning CNN said 80% of the city had no water. Prayers for all of them.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:51pm GMT

I do hope our Ron and Diana Smith are ok?

The city centre church he serves was badly smashed up and will have to be demolished.

Posted by robert Ina Williams at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 2:44pm GMT

Yes, Fr. Ron and his family have been very much on my mind since I heard the news. I hope that we hear from him soon.

Posted by Old Father William at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 7:57pm GMT

I, too, wish to add my prayers for the people of Christchurch.
May God secure the rescuers' efforts, may the ill be healed, and may the dead rest in peace.

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 8:29pm GMT

Thanks for mentioning Ron + Diana, Robert.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 8:57pm GMT

Thank you, Robert for your concern. Yes, we are OK, and have managed to have our first shower since the quake struck. We now have limited water supplies (Though this has to be boiled for consumption) and power is back on. We are just 2 miles down the road from the City Centre, which is harder hit than the september 2010 Quake. The Anglican Cathedral still has possibly 22 people trapped in the fallen tower, and there are still many people missing - both local and tourists. So we live from day to day, thanking God for small and large mercies. Keep praying for thosE who have lost loved ones and don't know where their bodies might yet be found. R.I.P for the Departed. May they rest in Christ and Rise in Glory. Amen

Our lovely heritage Church of St. Michael & All Angels would appear to have not suffered as much as the Cathedral and other city centre churches, but there will be no services there until further notice. There is a cordon around the CBD (where S.M.A.A. is situated on the Banks of the river Avon) so we are advised to stay home until the rubble is cleared by the many teams of Search and Rescue people from around the world. Our Bishop Victoria is safe and has already initiated an Appeal for the relief of suffering in the area. A very good witness to the Church's concern for ALL.

Please continue your prayers for the bereaved and those who have lost their homes and security.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 9:19pm GMT

So glad to hear you are OK, Ron, and that St Michaels and All Angels is not too badly damaged. I guess it is testimony to the foresight of the early parishioners when they decided to build the church out of wood! I'm sure it bent and buckled in the quake, but stayed intact, unlike the poor old Cathedral and St Lukes.
Much love from Auckland

Posted by Edward Prebble at Friday, 25 February 2011 at 1:39am GMT

So sad over what has happened, and so glad you, Ron, are OK.

Posted by Rosemary Hannah at Friday, 25 February 2011 at 7:38am GMT

Christchurch has died...Christchurch will rise again!

Posted by robert Ian Williams at Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 5:26pm GMT

Ron - I have assumed your OK for including your Thursday post (with proper attribution) in tomorrow morning's service paper here in north Sheffield.


Posted by John Roch at Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 8:47pm GMT

Latest new from the Quake-zone is that 145 are dead - with maybe another 50 to be recovered - that really does seem to cover the missing total.

There are various house Masses being celebrated quietly around the community, and we feel intimately connected with each of them - and with you lovely people who are praying on our behalf at this time of trial. We thank God for the Living and pray for the Departed. Agape, Fr.Ron

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at 12:03am GMT
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