Prayers for the dead and grieving in Colorado shootings

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Aurora, Colorado • Second Congregational Church of New London • The United Church of ChristSecond Congregational Church of New London extends Christian sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all who were affected by the Colorado shootings on Thursday evening.

We know that it is hard to find comfort while coming to grips with such a senseless act of violence. It is hard to turn to God, even if the only question we have is, “Why?”

There is a window of time that will open to make such changes as can be made. That is a process that will require energy, emotion, and focus to do what is right for families, friends, residents, the nearly 60 who live with their wounds, and the memories of at least 12 for whom life has ended with a bullet.

The Aurora, Colorado shootings, for many of us, reopened a wound that ripped open our consciousness after the Columbine shootings in 1999.

A time to pray

First, it is time to mourn, to sit with our sense of dislocation, and to offer such help as we can. From New London to Aurora, we offer this prayer:

Tender and merciful God, we approach you with raw spirits. Our hearts go out to those who sent their friends, their brothers and sisters, their children and parents, to a festive night at the movies in trust—to those who had every reason to expect their loved ones would come home two hours later. Comfort them in their loss, and help us to feel that loss as members of the human family. Open us to listen, and to offer words of assurance and comfort when called upon. May our actions honor the dead, comfort the wounded and grieving, and strengthen us to make life-affirming decisions in the days ahead. We ask for your grace through the urging of Jesus, our brother. Amen.

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I am the "transformational pastor" of Waterford Congregational United Church of Christ. I was called near the end of October 2011 as interim pastor. It's been quite a ride as we "live in" to our new location in Waterford! My current work is to help our church find its new identity and voice in this new place. I am married to Alison McCaffrey, who is Associate Minister at First Congregational Church, Cheshire, where we live. I'm energized by the possibilities for our congregation!

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One comment on “Prayers for the dead and grieving in Colorado shootings
  1. I was glad that our United Church of Christ gave us a focal point for prayer so quickly. It’s hard to know what to say that is honest and not trite, but the Holy Spirit helps.

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