In our parishes, we pray for the people of Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Sherrill and their priest, the Rev. Georgina Hegney, and the people of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Skaneateles and their clergy, the Rev. Joe Mitchell and the Rev. Deacon Chuck Stewart.
In the Episcopal Church, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Ohio, their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Anne Jolly.
In the Anglican Communion, we pray for the people of the Scottish Episcopal Church and their prime bishop, the Most Rev. Mark Strange.
A Prayer Against Gun Violence
Loving God, you are the author and sustainer of our lives. You know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers of the brokenhearted. Hear your people who cry out to you in their need; strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness.
We pray today for those who have died because of violence, of terrorism. Draw them to yourself; let your face shine upon them. May they be greeted with choirs of angels and experience your eternal peace and joy.
Be near to all those who have been touched by violence: those who have been hurt, lost their loved ones or lost their sense of security. Be for them a steady comfort and safe resting place.
Soften the hearts and steady of the minds of those who would do violence to others. May hate be replaced with love, violence with peace and darkness with your light. Amen.