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Prayer for the Neighborhood

May 10, 2011

Today I learned of some bad news about a terrible event that took place in a nearby community. A child’s life was lost, and now a family and community must mourn and deal with incredible loss. In times like these it’s hard to know what to do or even think. So we pray…for this grieving family, for this community, even for the perpetrator. May God’s peace envelop this entire broken situation and set forth a path to comfort, healing and hope.

The following is a prayer found in Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, titled “The Death of Someone Killed in The Neighborhood” (p.555). Lord, hear our prayer…

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

For the unbearable toil of our sinful world,
We plead for remission.
For the terror of absence from our beloved,
We plead for your comfort.
For the scandalous presence of death in your Creation,
We plead for the resurrection.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

Come, Holy Spirit, and heal all that is broken in our lives, in our streets, and in our world. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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