As we approach the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newton, we’ve compiled some liturgical resources for your use. Click here for prayers, poems, etc. on grieving violence and resisting violence.
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A weekly reflection on the Lectionary texts by our Ecumenical Advocacy Fellow Laura Shatzer:
proficient at using social media to connect with the people he serves- and a great example for religious leaders to follow!) as a constituent to offer a prayer of invocation before the Boston City Council began their work on Wednesday October 9,2013. Rev. Laura asked her Facebook feed what they would pray for in this setting; many of those responses were incorporated into the prayer she wrote. Read her remarks here: http://reveverett.com/2013/10/09/bostoncitycouncil/
“In an old Protestant hymn, we sing “Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore.” Weak resignation will not keep guns out of the hands of the dangerous and the vulnerable. Weak resignation will not pass meaningful legislation. We ask you, we implore you, do what we cannot do with all our programs, all our training, all our funeral homilies: pass strong comprehensive gun legislation.”
In response to the Boston Marathon bombing and related tragic events we have gathered the following compilation of reflections from individuals who have shared them with us.
Rev. Laura Everett’s Sermon
St. James Armenian Orthodox Church Mt Auburn St. Watertown MA Sunday April 21, 2013 Memorial of the Armenian Genocide Martyrs What the Living Do: A Sermon after Watertown
Resources to Aid Our Communities in Healing
In the midst of this wrenching time of violence, fear, and uncertainty many have experienced moments of spiritual crisis and helplessness. And yet in these harrowing times we have been cared for by many individuals and organizations who have come forward and reached out.
One such organization is the American Red Cross. They have made available the following two resources that may be of use as we try to return to the routines of everyday life.
Massachusetts Council of Churches Statement on the Boston Marathon Bombing
“Behold, I will bring health and healing to the city; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” ~ Jeremiah 33:6 Our hearts are heavy in Massachusetts. On a great day of civic pride and joy, our city of Boston was scarred by violence. We grieve for those who have died. Bodies made to run and cheer were wounded. Our eyes are burned with images of terror in the very streets where we walk. Attend to us, Great Physician. We do not yet now why this has happened. Preserve us from quick judgements, O Lord. Give us wisdom in the days ahead. Reveal to us peace and truth. We sing the African-American spiritual “guide my feet, while I run this race, for I don’t want to run this race in vain.” In this time of uncertainty and fear, we cling to the sure promises of our God that we do not go on in vain. Even as we grieve, we will remain steadfast in charity, defiant in hope, and constant in prayer. We are grateful for the prayers and support from across the country and the globe. Please continue to pray for the victims. Pray for our first responders, our elected officials, and the media who work with such trauma and return home to their own families. Pray for those without permanent homes who live in our public parks, displaced by this violence in our city. Pray for the marathoners, tourists and visitors far from home. The Massachusetts Council of Churches joins our prayers with citizens throughout the Commonwealth. In the words of the prophet Jeremiah, may our God indeed bring health and healing to the city.
The Rev. Laura E. Everett
Executive Director Massachusetts Council of Churches