Thank God for our children and youth who participate in our church communities. Pray that each one would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, through the wisdom and understanding that only comes through knowing the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for the Victims of Gun Violence in Toronto
Loving God, we pray for the people of Toronto in the aftermath of the shooting on the Danforth.
We pray for family,friends, neighbours. For those who are still trying to locate loved ones, that they might be comforted. We pray of lives cut short, and for those who are mourning the loss of one close to them that they might be comforted by the knowledge that they do not mourn alone.
We pray for those who are scared because they witnessed violence and their lives will be affected by its aftermath.
We give thanks to the first responders: for police, ambulance, and fire personnel. We give thanks for the emergency room staff at the hospitals, and for their of knowledge and skills.
O God, your son felt the depth of human emotion, and wept in the midst of grief. As we weep now, help us to know that you weep with us, and that your heart is as broken by this senseless violence as our hearts are.
Give us courage to walk, even in the deepest shadows, without fear, knowing that you are always with us. Help us to live as children of the light, knowing that no darkness can ever overcome your light. Help us to proclaim, by our words and by our actions, that violence will not win.
For we ask all this in the name of your unending love for us all.
Unity Within the Church
The church lives to praise God. We have no higher calling than to offer the worship that belongs to God day by day, Sunday by Sunday. Through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments, in praise, prayer, teaching and fellowship, God sustains the life of the church.
(Living Faith, 7.3.1–7.3.2)