From the Office of the Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches
For Immediate Release: 14 December 2012
Moderator of MCC
Mourns the Loss of Children and Adults
in Connecticut School Shooting
and Issues Call to Prayer
Today, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of a child whose life changed the course of history, we are faced with yet another tragic violent outburst, this time at a Connecticut elementary school, where many of the victims were 5 to 10 years old.
If you are like me, it is hard to know what to say or do, but one hope I cling to is the power of prayer. And so I ask you to join me in praying now for all those loved and lost, as well as those who will be left to mourn and grieve during this season.
We remember the words of the Prophet Jeremiah
as we grieve the violent loss of life today ~
A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loudly lamenting;
it was Rachel weeping for her children…
We weep and cry out to you for the loss of children
to yet another senseless act of violence.
Surround all the families who are in shock and grief
in the light of your presence.
In the midst of all the confusion and anger and wondering why,
be our comfort and our peace.
You know, O God, what it is like to lose a child,
someone you love.
Help all of us to cling to that truth and find some hope in it.
We pray, too, O God,
for the moral strength to deal with the causes of such terrible violence.
Give us the prophetic courage to take on
unacceptable access to weapons
designed only to kill.
Pound on the hearts of our nation,
until at last all our weapons
shall be shaped into instruments of peace.
Help us as a nation do the right thing.
Help us all to find some comfort now in you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. +Amen
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
This statement issued in conjunction with the Public Policy Team of the Global Justice Institute.
The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director.