Praying for the Victims of the Orlando Shooting and for Those Who Mourn
Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. on Monday (6/13)- First Church of Christ, U.C.C. 763 Longmeadow Street
Sponsored by First Church, St. Mary's and St. Andrew's
Dear Parish Community,
Unfortunately, our nation has once again witnessed tragedy. As many of you are probably aware, multiple people have been killed and many have been wounded as the result of a mass shooting in Orlando. May they rest in peace and rise in glory as those who mourn find comfort.
As Christians, we pray "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" each time we pray the Lord's Prayer. Tragedies such as this remind us that God's kingdom of peace, hope, love and justice is not as much of a reality as it needs to be in our time and place. We are called to work with other members of our human family to build a global community where all are welcome and safe. In addition, we are called to mourn with those who mourn and stand in solidarity with those who suffer.
The three Christian communities in Longmeadow invite all to attend a prayer vigil on Monday (6/13) at 7 p.m.
In the interim, I offer you this prayer:
Loving God, Jesus gathered your little ones in his arms and blessed them. Welcome into your embrace those killed in Orlando. Heal the worried and the wounded. Have pity on those who mourn. Be with us as we struggle with the mysteries of life and death; in our pain, bring your comfort, in our anger, bring your encouragement for action, and in our sorrow, bring your hope and your promise of a new life, in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Lord, have mercy ..
The Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, Rector