C: We gather in stunned disbelief
P: Give us courage to face the horror
C: We gather sensing the loss of our security
P: Remind us our security is in you
C: We gather in fear for the future
P: Give us strength to rebuild our hope
C: We gather to mourn for those who have been victimized
P: Surround them with your peace and with the
comfort of others
C: We gather in prayer for those tending to
P: Provide us ways to support their efforts
C: We gather to pray for wisdom for our
P: That they may seek justice and not
You will call to mind what once you feared
Isaiah 33: 18
Then in a moment how dreadful their end
Cut off root and branch by death with all its terrors,
Like a dream when a man rouses himself, O Lord,
Like images in sleep, which are dismissed on waking.
The sword will make orphans in the street
And widows in their own homes
It will take toll of young men and maidens
Of babes in arms and old men.
My heart is torn with anguish
The terrors of death come upon me
Fear and trembling overwhelm me
And I shudder from head to foot.
Psalm 55: 4
Help, Lord, for loyalty is no more
Good faith between man and man is over
One man lies to another
They talk with smooth lips and double heart
Hear, Lord my pleas for justice,
Give my cry a hearing
Listen to my prayer for it is innocent of all deceit.
God has told us what is good
And what it is that the Lords asks of us?
Only to act justly, to love loyalty
And walk wisely before your God.
C: The Lord is my Shepherd
P: I shall not want
C: He makes me lie down in green pastures
P: and leads me beside the still waters
C: He restores my soul.
P: and guides me in the paths of righteousness
for his names sake
C: Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death
P: I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
C: Thy rod and thy staff
P: They comfort me.
C: Thou preparest a table before me
P: In the presence of mine enemies
C: Thou anointest my head with oil.
P: And my cup overflows
C: Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
P: All the days of my life
C: And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
P: for ever.
God comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. II Corinthians 1: 5
Hymn: "Hear My Cry, O Lord," "God of the Sparrow, God of the
Lord make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.