Sunday, November 12, 2017
Offered by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor
God of the ages, we thank you for all who have served in the armed forces for this country. Comfort those who grieve for men and women who gave of their last full measure of devotion. Strengthen those who bear physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds from war. Stand with all who provide care to them. Help our nation provide the needed medical care to assist with post-traumatic stress syndrome and other long-term consequences. Move all of us to reach out to our sisters and brothers. Protect people everywhere.
We also continue to pray for peace. Give wisdom to leaders of nations and peoples, that they build trust with and respect for one another and erase enmity and violence. Guide us all to work for the day of peace and intentionally turn away from military threats or reactions. Especially we pray for the people of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan, Israel, Palestine, North Korea, the United States, and other places decimated by ongoing violence.
We also pray for victims of gun violence closer to home, especially the community of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Comfort all who have lost loved ones or been injured in recent days. Direct our hearts as a nation to find solutions to lessen the tragic harm caused by the use of so many guns. Shelter those who live in poverty-dominated Chicago neighborhoods who are so vulnerable to shootings as well. Lead us always to remember the most vulnerable and act on behalf of and in solidarity with them for a better future.
All this we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, who taught us to pray together saying, Our Father . . .
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