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Prayer for Orlando and victims of cruel and senseless violence

O God, our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble,
Hear our cries of grief and loss.  
Lord, have mercy on those who have been killed, those wounded, and those who are fighting for their lives.
Give comfort to those who walk with those devastated by this shooting and those who mourn the loss of loved ones.
Give peace to those traumatized and filled with fear.  
Thank you for the courage and sacrifice of police, EMTs, ambulance, hospital staff, generous volunteers, and law enforcement who will continue to strive to keep us safe.  
Protect LGBT communities and  American Muslim communities from hatred and violence in the days ahead.
Grant us wisdom and discernment to be voices that speak out against homophobia and gun violence.  
Help government leaders and faith communities to find better ways to protect our citizens and to be voices of understanding and peace.
Help us to silence voices of arrogance and hatred and to bring down walls that divide us.
We are created in your image, for your purposes, O God.  
Inspire us to be ambassadors of your love and signs of your kingdom revealed in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.




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