April 11, 2015 / 2014 / December / Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend ...

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend begins today!

submitted December 11, 2014 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

Today begins the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. I hope we can all agree that we are against gun violence, despite the many conflicting opinions about the presence of guns in our society. If you are still seeking additional prayers for this weekend, I direct you to the resources at MarchSabbath.org

Here is one prayer from that site: 

Sustaining and redeeming God,

In sadness and in the tragedy of awful loss, we offer before you those young lives lost as a consequence of human violence this past week.

We raise in the distress of this time the families of whose children are no longer to share life and joy with them.

We mourn those other families also fractured by the needless killings of that day.

As Jesus first came to his people and lives of the young and innocent were lost in the cruelty of one individual upon others, so now 2000 years on we stand alongside those whose similar grief is beyond our imagining.

Holy and loving God bring all consolation that can be brought to those most in need of your presence today, and never cease to make your presence real in this their hour of need.

To you we voice this prayer, Amen.

Written by The Rt. Rev. Robert Gilies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church for their companion Diocese of Connecticut, and shared by Ian T. Douglas, Laura J. Ahrens and James E. Curry, the Episcopal Bishops of Connecticut.