“In Response to violence….
As the news of the gun violence during the July 4th parade in Highland Park continues to emerge, we ask for your prayers for the people of Highland Park and our surrounding communities. We have been in contact with Pastor Quincy Worthington, who began service at Highland Park in February (2022), and with former Clerk of Session Kathy Salinger and new Clerk of Session Paul Smith, offering our prayers and the support of our entire presbytery.
Please pray this prayer – or another from your own heart – as we face yet another time of tragedy, and seek the courage to move from lament to hope.
We pray you will forgive our tolerance of cultures of violence. Impel us by your Spirit to renew our commitment to work for an end to gun violence in our nation. In the wake of an event that should be impossible to contemplate, but which has become all too common in our experience, open our eyes, break our hearts, and turn our hands to the movements of your Spirit, that our anger and sorrow may unite in service to build a reign of peace, where the lion and the lamb may dwell together, and terror no longer holds sway over our common life. In the name of Christ, our healer, and our Light, we pray, Amen.
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