A Liturgy for victims of violence

(Adapted from Rick Morley’s 2013 Paris Peac sign“A Garden Path” written after the Boston Marathon tragedy)

One: I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. Lord Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace and the Great Physician, and it is to you that we pray.

One:  We pray, O Lord, for those who were so tragically killed in the horrific attacks in Paris. We pray for all who love them, and all who grieve. We pray that they might find strength in you, and not be overwhelmed by their loss.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray, for those who were injured. Those who lost limbs. Those who are in great pain. Those who lives will forever be changed.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray, for those who witnessed horrible sights, for innocent bystanders, for the first responders, police, nurses, doctors, and all who are shaken to the core.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray for those who are caring for the injured at this hour, that through them you would offer healing and life.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray for the men and women of law enforcement who have long and difficult days ahead of them.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray for the clergy and lay ministers who will tend to the needs of people in fear and grief.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray for all people here and around the world, who live under the threat of terror.

All: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

One: We pray for all who are called to keep us safe. We pray that they might have wisdom and strength to work for justice do the tasks that are entrusted for them to do. 

All: Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Officiant: And, we pray for the day when evil takes its last gasp. When the light finally, and thoroughly, snuffs out the darkness in this world, and the darkness which infects the hearts of people who do unspeakable wrong.  Till, its full completion, we will wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.  Amen.

November 2014 Adapted by Michael Stafford from Rick Morley’s “A Garden Path” written after the Boston Marathon bombing

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