Tsunami & Earthquake
in Japan

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they work to recover from the effects and tremendous losses suffered after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

GIA Publications humbly offers suggestions to those wishing to offer support and solidarity—both materially and spiritually. It is our hope that you will find this information helpful in planning your community's worship service to acknowledge the tragedy that has befallen our sisters and brothers.

(In Japan the cherry blossom represents the ephemeral nature of life.)


Free Downloadable Resources

The complimentary resources below are available for use during the month of March, 2011 for worship services dedicated in memory of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Windows Users: Right click on the links below and select "Save As".
Mac Users: Hold down the "Control" key while clicking on the link below, then select "Save As".

"May the Peace of Christ be with You" – MP3 / Reprint / Full Octavo

List of Hymns and Songs


"May the Peace of Christ Be with You / Ki Ri Su To No"  –  CG #129
"Bambelela/Never Give Up"  –  GC2 #651
“Dawn and the Light of Sunrise / Hana no akebo no” STB #54
"Go Make a Difference"  –  GC2 #664
“Here, O Lord, Your Servants Meet / Sekai no tomo to te o tsunagi” STB #242
"Hope of the World"  –  W3 #565
"In Times like These"  –  AAHH #309 / LMGM #274
"Jesus Lead the Way"  –  GC #642 / RS #755 / W3 #611
"O God, Our Help in Ages Past  –  AAHH #170 / GC #614 / GC2 # 588 / LMGM #230 / RS #735 / W #579
"O God, Why Are You Silent?"  –  GC2 #570
“Plodding on with Weary Footsteps / Yukedomo, yukedomo, tada sunahara” STB #207
“Send Your Word, O Lord / Mikotoba o kudasai” STB #218
"The Cloud's Veil"  –  GC2 #619
"The Lord Is Near"  –  GC #609
"The Lord Is My Light"  –  AAHH #160 / GC #605 / LMGM #132 / OCWPIS #60 / RS #732
"The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart"  –  GC2 #621
"There Is a Balm in Gilead"  –  AAHH #524 / GC #648 / GC2 #617 / LMGM #157 / RS #764 / W3 #608
"Think of His Goodness to You"  –  LMGM #239
"We Are Called"  –  GC #718 / GC2 #710 / RS #820
"We Await with Wakeful Care"  –  GC2 #571
“Why Have You Forsaken Me? (music: SHIMPI; Taihei Sato, Japan) STB #189
"You Are All We Have"  –  GC #505 / GC2 #508
"You Are Mine"  –  GC #649 / GC2 #627 / OCWPIS #66 / RS #762


Hymnal Abbreviations:
AAHH – African American Heritage Hymnal       GC – Gather Comprehensive       GC2 – Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition      
LMGM – Lead Me, Guide Me       OCWPIS – Oramos cantando/We Pray in Song       RS – RitualSong      W3 – Worship, Third Edition       CG – Cross Generation      STB – Sound the Bamboo


Religiously Affiliated Relief Agencies



Action by Churches Together

Adventist Community Services

Baptist World Alliance

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Relief Services

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Services

Episcopal Relief and Development

International Orthodox Christian Charities

Islamic Relief USA

Jesuit Relief Service

The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod

Lutheran World Relief

Mennonite Disaster Service

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

United Methodist Relief

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee