Note: Offered during the morning worship at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Laurens, SC, Sunday, August 4, 2019
In the light…in the shadow of the recent all-too sorrowfully literal round of mass shootings in the firing of raging rounds of gunfire – last Sunday in Gilroy, California, yesterday in El Paso, Texas, and this morning in Dayton, Ohio – let us pray:
O Lord God of Life by Your Spirit hold all Your children close to Your Divine breast that, come what may, our souls will dwell secure. Good Lord, spare us…
O Lord God of Love by Your Spirit comfort the dead in the eternal embrace of Your Divine security, console the wounded and the grieving with the goodness of Your grace of Your peace that surpasses our understanding, for Yours is a tranquility that prevails amid strife. Good Lord, sustain us…
O Lord God of Liberation by Your Spirit emancipate us from our warring madness that, in anger and hatred, wills to kill, that all Your children may live and love in the pursuit of happiness free from fear. Good Lord, save us.
Through Your Son, our Life, our Love, our Liberation, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.