Our Sunday 11 am Eucharist began with a joyful celebration of All Saints and thirteen baptisms but ended with prayer for all those affected by the shooting at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX. We continued to pray for our Baptist sisters and brothers at our 3 pm and 6 pm services and will do so at services this week. And because prayer without action is inadequate we will be thinking about how we as a congregation can help to heal this plague of gun violence across our country.
Let us lament with all those who are touched by the shooting in First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs.
Let us lament the shooter’s choice for violence
Let us lament laws that allow violent men easy access to guns
Let us lament our politician’s unwillingness to work for change
Let us lament with the hearts broken by loss today
Let us lament all the lives cut short today
Let us lament, O God, and then let us rise from our knees to work for change
In the name of Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.