Prince of Peace, Comforter, Creator –
while we placing offerings in the plate,
a shooter was putting a bullet in the chamber;
while we were counting attendance,
he was sizing up ammunition;
while we came to pray, giving thanks for life,
he came to kill.
The people gathered in the sanctuary,
yet evil ripped through hymnals, pews, and people.
God have mercy.
Comfort your people’s pain.
Help us lay down our fears and weapons of massacre.
Aid us as we unload our anger and guilt.
Wipe the tears from our eyes so that our aim might be as true as your aim.
Gently trigger us into a holy conversation about peace
so that we might lead through this tragedy,
so that we might prevent another from occurring.
All in the name of the innocent crucified Savior, Jesus, Amen.