December 14 marks the seven-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, when 26 people, including 20 first graders were shot and killed in the school in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time there have been numerous incidents of gun violence in our country. Just this week 6 people died in Jersey City including a police officer.
The PC (USA) has addressed gun violence through the actions of many General Assemblies over the last fifty years. Each resolution reflected a sense of moral urgency in response to rising gun violence and the cultural trends that contributed to it. These resolutions have called on the church to be involved in education and advocacy at the federal, state, and community level to prevent gun violence (presbyterianmission.org)
Let us pray for those who will find the upcoming anniversary painful and traumatic. Let us pray for the families and friends who lost loved ones in the gun violence in Jersey City. And let us pray that we continue to be the church that continues to advocate and educate for the end of violence.
God of life’s sanctity turn our bells into bullhorns, our thoughts into actions, our bursts of outrage into sustained efforts and our momentary prayers into transformed spirit-filled living. Let us continue to stand with and be present for those who grieve the loss of loved ones to violence. Make us instruments of your peace. (adapted from Mission Yearbook prayer)