By: Pastor Todd Tracy
Gracious and Loving God,
We come before you this morning to worship you. We know that you love us, and that you have promised that nothing could ever separate us from your love. And for that we are forever grateful. But God, we also know that there are so many struggles in this world with which we so desperately need your help. And so, trusting in your promises, we bring before you our concerns for this world.
God we pray for an end to violence. In particular we lift up to you all who lost a loved one in the Orlando shooting. Our hearts are broken by the lives lost in this community. It seems like everywhere we look there is some form of violence taking hold, whether it is physical, social, emotional, or spiritual violence, God, it seems like we as people cannot figure out any other way to deal with our problems. God guide us we pray, to find better ways to respond and react to the issues of this world. Help us to put an end to war, an end to senseless shootings, an end to domestic abuse, an end to bullying and rumor making. We pray for those who mourn this day because they have lost someone they love to this cycle of violence. God fill us with your peace that passes all understanding, and help us spread that to the world.
We pray all this in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Lord, Amen.