Let us pray…


photo United Methodist Communications

photo United Methodist Communications

…We hear again – again – of mass murder.

A lone gunman, blind with rage, opens fire on unsuspecting strangers.  We search for a motive…some answer to the question that taunts and haunts and eludes us…why?  We want clarity. We want solutions. We want it to stop. It is an affront to all that we value. We are not born for this…to be victims, to be perpetrators. Human beings are invaluable, deserving of joy, each person a unique treasure, a sacred gift.

We pray for the victims and their families and friends. We pray for the club workers and the first responders. We pray for those in the LGBTQ community who now live with a heightened sense of vulnerability. We pray for the perpetrator’s family and friends, caught in an unimaginable tangle of shame, confusion, and grief.  We pray, even though some tell us that praying is part of the problem…a dangerous, illogical response that only serves to perpetuate dangerous, illogical, superstition that leads inevitably to dangerous, illogical bigotry, fanaticism and violence. We pray, deep crying out to deep, our sadness and worries and longings joining the decidedly non-violent, radically loving prayers lifted in countless homes, workplaces and houses of worship throughout the world.

We pray, not just with our hearts turned toward the Divine. We pray with humble service and gracious kindness. We pray with bold commitment to enter into respectful, difficult dialogue with one another. We pray as we creatively and compassionately work together to mend our complex and broken social, religious, personal and political structures and systems.  We pray with openness and generosity toward those with whom we differ, even those with whom we disagree.

We pray with everything we have and everything we are. We pray in the Spirit. We pray through our lives.

Let us pray.

Pastor Christie

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Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

For the unbearable toil of our sinful world,
we plead for remission.
For the terror of absence from our beloved,
we plead for your comfort.
For the scandalous presence of death in your creation,
we plead for resurrection.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.
Come, Holy Spirit, and heal all that is broken in our lives, in our streets, and in our world.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(a prayer from the book, “Common Prayer” shared on Ministry Matters)

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Click here for Iowa United Methodist Bishop Trimble’s statement