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A Prayer from our Conference Minister for
Emanuel AME Church in Charleston
Our hearts leap with outrage at the crime: nine people shot to death as they gathered to pray. Our hearts slow and skip at our sorrow for those who grieve. Our hearts beat just a little stronger with our desire to give aid to the wounded. Our hearts cry in anger, and sorrow, and pain, for justice.
Please hold in prayer the stunned and sorrowing community of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who have lost friends and loved ones, including their senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator. Please pray for law enforcement officials, that they may swiftly identify, apprehend, and convict the perpetrator of this heinous act. Please pray for those, particularly those of color, who suffer from the violence that erupts all too often in our society, and that we may somehow, together, create a better world.
We offer this prayer: Gentle God of peace, the serenity of prayer has been shattered by the staccato sound of gunshots, the sighs of the injured, and the sobs of the grieving. Embrace your suffering, sorrowing servants in their loss and pain.
Guiding God who gathers us, help us look into the souls of our community and recognize the poisons there which feed hatred, fear, and violence. May we name them, examine them, and exorcise them in the light of day, that they will not trouble us when night has come. May we see that we are all truly in this life together.
Stern God of justice, do not let us forget those who cry to you when righteousness cannot be found. Not one of your children should ever fear to pray, not one: not due to their race, or creed, or age, or gender, or gender expression, or where they make their home upon this Earth. Not one of your children should ever fear that their violent death will be accepted by the world.
Loving God of resurrection, accept the slain into the company of the saints in light. Remind us that we pass from your arms in this life to your arms in another.
In your mercy we find peace. In your word we find guidance. In your urging we find justice. In your love we find everlasting life.
Thank you for your prayers at this terrible time.