In following this tragic news for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we have seen both terrible evil and amazing grace, heartbreak and hope, profound brokenness and awesome strength. Please pray for the people of Emanuel AME Church, for family and friends who mourn such tragic and senseless deaths, and the people of Charleston in the aftermath of this shocking event. May this serve as a reminder of how central it is to our faith to love our neighbors, help each other through the deepest of valleys, live with grief and anger, and wait for joy in the morning. It is clear from the testimonies coming out of Charleston that the Gospel that gives life to Emanuel AME Church is swallowing hatred and proclaiming Christ in the midst of sorrow. May the church throughout the world continue to rise up and show that love wins.
Holy God, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your people but in Jesus you bear that pain with all who suffer at the hands of others. With your powerful love, bring healing and strength to all who have been impacted by the murders at Emanuel AME Church. And may your church continue to be empowered in our voice against violence and hatred. In Jesus' name. Amen.