Dear NYAPC members and friends,
We are shocked and horrified by the massacre in Nice, France as well as the on going gun violence here in the states. In this time of despair and suffering, we look to God, the Good Shepherd, who tends all of the flock. We seek after God the way we know how — in prayer.
Lord, hear our prayers:
How long, O Lord? When will the violence cease? In the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis, we pray for the families and friends of the victims, the officers involved, and for healing and understanding to wash over these communities. In the wake of ensuing violence in Dallas resulting in the deaths of five police officers and injuries of others, we pray for the victims, their families and friends, and for law enforcement officials everywhere who are daily in harms way. As France mourns the 84 dead and 202 injured in an act of unimaginable violence on Bastille Day, we pray for all its grieving citizens, for the families and friends of the victims. And as violence spirals in South Sudan, we pray for peace with justice.
O God of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter, we know you are especially present in moments of violence. Indeed, the cross of Jesus Christ reminds us that you are embedded with your creation in compassionate solidarity with every living being who suffers. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without your knowledge and grief. We know that when words fail us at times like this, your Spirit groans for us with sighs too deep for words, and underneath us all are your everlasting arms. Comfort us, heal us, liberate us from all violence within and around us. We pray for the coming of your rule on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
All of our love, your pastors,
Roger and Alice