Killed in Church
June 18, 2015, 12:42 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out this morning to and for the members and friends of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC, after a white assailant entered the church Wednesday evening during services and shot and killed nine worshipers (one person died in the hospital; eight died at the time of the shooting itself), including pastor and state senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

God of light and life and truth, be with all those affected by this vicious and hateful act. Receive into the arms of your mercy its victims. Comfort and succor those who mourn. Strengthen and guide those who seek justice. Shed your healing grace on the city of Charleston and especially the people of Emmanuel AME. Bring this nation to the table of reconciliation for the evils of racism and bigotry. Do not turn your back, O Lord, do not leave us alone in this time of struggle and pain. In the name of the One who gave his life for all, through the power of the One who gives us hope, and by the mercy and grace of the One who holds us in love despite all we do or fail to do, we pray. Amen.