In response to the most recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton
God of justice and mercy,
Our hearts ache. We are numb. Two shootings in one day in our country – and even more in places that do not make the news. God of wisdom, there are so many swirling words around us – we gather and pray for transformation in our country. A change. A new day. Guide us today – each of us – in the ways that we can bring an end to violence. Help us speak forth a new message – that is your message from the beginning. Each life is precious in your sight. Lord, stop this violence of human against human, we pray. And give us courage to be your people who bring an end to this gun violence. Give us courage to come out of hiding and to live into our purpose – stewards for YOUR good. For the thriving of all of your creation. In the name of our Lord, the Prince of Peace, Jesus.