Prayer in the Aftermath of the Shootings at Great Mills High School
Loving God, attentive to the prayers of the brokenhearted, in the aftermath of the school shootings at Great Mills High School, we pray for all caught up in the midst of the school tragedy. Hear the prayers of your people who carry the anguish of the sorrowful after this tragedy and who cry out to you in our need.
We pray urgently for the wounded. Direct the instruments of healing around the students wounded in the shooting and have pity on those who attend their children who were shot. Be for them a steady comfort and safe place in which to heal.
We pray for the witnesses of such a tragedy. Be near to all who have been touched by this violence, especially the students, teachers and administrators, their families and friends, this community of St. Mary’s County, all the emergency personnel who answered the call for help and for the public officials who have committed themselves to make our schools an environment of learning instead of fear.
We pray for the departed and those who mourn that they may know the consolation of your love.
We pray for those in confusion and those in despair, and those whose tears are yet to dry, especially our children and for those in need of your boundless compassion. Give us grace to cast away works of darkness through our own selfless acts of love and mercy and strengthen our hope in your lasting goodness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.