I wrote the following email blast today.
Our hearts are heavy this week as we reflect on last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, the worst act of terror in America since 9/11 and the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. I’m inviting you to join me this Sunday, June 19, for a brief service of remembrance and prayer for the victims and their loved ones. We will gather on the front steps at 9:55 and will conclude by 10:05. Sunday school will follow.
In the meantime, join me in praying this prayer:
Most merciful God, whose precious Son defeated Satan and the forces of evil on the cross: Deal graciously with those affected by the tragic events of Orlando. May your Holy Spirit comfort them in their grief and give them your peace, which surpasses all understanding. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come. Guide us as a nation as we combat evil in our world. Enable us, through your wisdom and power, to prevent further loss of innocent lives. Through your Son Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.