Prayers for Tree of Life and Pittsburgh communities

Even as we move forward with our lives let us remember the congregations of Tree of Life Synagogue, the folks of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the people of Pittsburgh as they continue to recover and grief the act of violence upon the worshipers last Saturday morning.

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of violence, we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in anger, sorrow, and hope: that those who have been spared as well as those lives who have been changed forever may find solace, substance, and strength in the day of recovery and reflection that are to come.

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; for wisdom and diligence among those who are assisting them; and for our anger and sorrow to unite in service to the establishment of a reign of peace, where the lion and lamb may dwell together, and violence will not hold sway over our common life.

In the coming days pen our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the movement of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams make glad the city of God and the hearts of all who dwelling it and in you.

In the name of Christ, our healer and our light, we pray. Amen.

Adapted from Recovering from Un-natural disasters: a guide for pastors and congregations by Laurie Kraus (director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)