Dear Grace–St. Luke’s Parish Community:
Today and in all things, we are called to pray, gather, and act in the hope and healing of God. Mindful of the rampant acts of violence and recent series of mass shootings that continually grieve our hearts, we are invited to join Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence in prayers like the following offered at today's worship services at GSL:
O God who Remembers, we hold before you all who have died from the plague of gun violence in our land. We remember those who have taken their lives with a gun, those who have died in school shootings and mass shootings, those who have died by a gun in the course of an argument or from abuse or by accident or during the commission of a crime. We lift our voices in sorrow and frustration knowing that every life is infinitely valuable to you. Receive all who have died into the arms of your mercy, bless those who mourn with the hope of eternal life, and strengthen our hearts and our arms to bring an end to this scourge. This we pray in the name of the one who overcame the power of death, your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
To continue our prayers, gather as members the body of Christ, and explore ways that we might act in response to the violence and hatred that are separating the human family everywhere, please join the parish clergy on Monday, August 5, 6:00 p.m. at GSL for a Prayer Vigil and Conversation about Violence and Mass Shootings. All parishioners, friends, and neighbors are invited to attend this urgent time of prayer and clergy-facilitated conversation rooted in hope and focused on healing.
If you remain amazed and saddened by, and maybe hopeless about what continues to unfold in the way of gun violence and hatred, both within and beyond our city, your presence for tomorrow's holy event will be a blessing to all who journey in grief.
Faithfully in the peace of Christ,
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher