says: “I offer this prayer for those who have died, for those who are suffering, for those who are still healing from physical wounds, and the emotional, spiritual and mental scar,” Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry stated following the Nov. 5 shooting at the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas. “We pray for those who suffer and for those who have died. Will you pray with me?”
We pray for those who were murdered within the walls of sanctuary:
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants Robert, Karen, Keith, Tara, Peggy, Annabelle, Dennis, Sara, Lula, Joanna, Brooke, Robert, Shani, Theresa, Richardo, Haley, Emily, Gregory, Carlin, Emily, Megan, Marc, Noah, Karla, John, Crystal and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, deal graciously with the families of those who were killed, and the Sutherland Springs Church community in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We reaffirm our Baptismal vow to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being," and we pray,
Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
For law enforcement and the military, we pray,
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping the men and women summoned to serve and protect us in times of conflict. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be. Uphold, guide and protect them. Make them wise in the exercise of their authority, correct them in any error, protect them from danger, and make them instruments of peace. Amen.
We commit the church, and ourselves, to remember our past: to regard the victimization, fear, and helplessness fueled in communities by violence and racism, and to stand boldly even though we may have failed to do so before, in this continued call to the difficult work of confronting oppression and racism, and so we pray,
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.