Prayer of Remembrance: Newtown, Connecticut Tragedy

Download the pictures of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School here 

Call to Prayer
O God, Sustainer of all Life, we acknowledge your abiding presence with us.

We ask that you turn our hearts from violence to peace.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear.

Though Earth should change;
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though the waters roar and foam;
though the mountains tremble with its tumult

There is a river whose streams
make glad the City of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High
is in the midst of the city.
The God of Gods is with us!

Pause for Reflection
Reverently read the names of those killed and read the few sentences about each found in the profile at the website. Briefly pause after each name is read.

“A New Heaven, A New Earth” (Donna Pena) or any other appropriate song.

“Each time a man or woman stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these tiny ripples can build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” (Robert Kennedy).

Sharing of Reflections and Petitions

Closing Prayer
God, our hearts are broken with pain at the senseless deaths caused by gun violence. Families mourn, children live in fear, and some in our nation respond by arming themselves with more guns with greater capacity to end life. Our disconnection and alienation has caused some to turn to guns for protection and safety. We ask that you touch our hearts with your love, heal our brokenness, and turn us away from violence toward peace. Help us to transform our own hearts and to seek peaceful ways of resolving our differences. Let our hands reach out and connect with those who feel alone, those who live in fear, and those suffering from mental illness. Let our voices be raised asking our legislators to enact gun laws to protect all in our society, especially those most vulnerable. Let our pens write messages demanding change while also scripting words of hope and transformation. We ask this in the name of the God who desires that we live together in peace.  Amen