Prayer Petitions - Following this past week's shootings

Bishop Rodger Prois
Dear friends in Christ,

The troubling events of the past few days in Baton Rouge, St Paul and Dallas, leave us all stunned and anxious about what may happen next.  As leaders of the church it is important for us to bring people’s hearts and minds to dwell on God, and lift up prayers for centering and focus.  I would urge you to use one of the following petitions (or similar) 
in your worship this Sunday.

God of peace, forgive us for killing ourselves. We pray for law enforcement workers, for Dallas, Baton Rouge, St. Paul and wherever violence is the answer to frustrations and fear.  Allow us to be instruments of peace, help the church to model tolerance and openness to those who are beaten and left for dead.  Give us the courage to speak out against any act that may be rooted in hate, rather than love. Send your Spirit to heal.

God our creator, through whose providing care we enjoy all goodness and life, turn our eyes to your mercy in this time of confusion and loss. Comfort this nation as we mourn; shine your light on those whose only companion is darkness; and teach us all so to number our days that we may apply our hearts to your wisdom; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.*

Holy One, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your people, but in Jesus you bear that pain with all who suffer at others' hands. With your cleansing love bring healing and strength to name; and by your justice, lift her/him up, that in body, mind, and spirit, she/he may again rejoice. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.*

God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd. Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.*

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Bishop Rodger Prois
July 8, 2016