Moderator’s Response to Shooting

By admin
June 19, 2015

The tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last night painfully reminds us that racism is a rampant evil in society. In response, Moderator Gary Paterson is urging all United Church members to join him in praying for the families of the nine victims and the congregation of Emanuel, part of our family through our shared Methodist roots. He is sending his deep condolences to the Bishop John R. Bryant, Senior Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church in a pastoral letter.  For further information please visit the United Church Webpage

Prayer (by Moderator Gary Paterson)

Emmanuel,

The shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church painfully reminds us that racism is a rampant evil in society.

We can no longer deny the influence of racism;
if we do we participate in this life-stealing force.

We need your help, God, to rebuke and overpower racism:

Help us to grieve with the community of Emanuel AME Church;
Help us to mourn with the families of those who have died;
Help us to show compassion and mercy to the family and friends of the shooter;
Help us to seek ways of justice, equity and peace in our actions and responses;
Help us to lament a sanctuary desecrated by violence and hatred;
Help us to recommit ourselves as followers dedicated to creating paths of justice, equity and peace through wilds of hatred and violence.

Emmanuel,

be with us in our suffering.

Amen.

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