Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence

Over 430 people have been murdered since the tragic loss of life on December 14 in Sandy Hook. To remember those that have been murdered by guns and to work together to prevent gun violence, Mayors Against Guns joined with gun violence survivors from across the country and invited Faith Communities into a Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence this weekend.

I have joined the Connecticut Clergy United To Prevent Gun Violence (115 strong as of 12/27).

The toll of gun violence in our communities is staggering and over the next few months, I will be discussing with our congregation, ways for us to help stop this culture of violence in our society.  On this day, I invite you into a moment of prayer…

A Prayer for the Sabbath to Prevent Gun Violence

O God of Life, Creator of the universe, Sustainer of all, we come before you in sorrow and anger at the killing on our streets and in our schools, workplaces and houses of worship. We come in repentance at our own participation in the culture of violence in our land. We come in hope borne of past victories over injustice, asking for strength and clarity and fortitude, that we might bring about transformation in our laws, in the ways we resolve conflict and address fear, in our tolerance for violence, in the hearts of our leaders and our fellow Americans. May we become a people who put our trust in You, not in our weapons. By your mighty power, and in your overwhelming love, renew our vision for peace and safety in our land, beginning with us today, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

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