Dear all, the loss of life at the First Baptist Church at Sutherland Springs, Texas, has taken the wind out of us. We are heart broken for the families, for the community, for the wider country. We offer this prayer, though the words seem inadequate, still we pray:
Ever present God, our hearts are heavy and confused over the senseless loss of life to worshipers at the First Baptist Church and the community of Sutherland itself. In a place of good and where Goodness is the object of worship, evil entered and took life. We are grieving for that city and its people.
And we grieve for our nation which seems to be reeling from anger and mistrust. We know that our attitudes and actions must change. We thank you that you understand our grief, that you became one of us in Jesus of Nazareth and bore the burden of sin and death so that life would have the final word in us.
And yet You have not abandoned us. You remain the standard of Hope in the midst of this darkness. You show up in confident words of faith, in arms of the community that hold one another, in the extraordinary strength of those who will not let this event define them, in the convictions of those who know that change must happen and are willing to make it so. And even while the questions surround us, and the next steps to be determined, we choose to live within the light of your life.
Inspire us to seek solutions and be a healing presence. Lead us to be the answer to building up our communities and not tearing them apart. Make each of our places of faith and worship to be the beacons of light for such a time as this. We pray this in the name of Jesus, the light of the world. Amen.
Welcome to Park Lake Presbyterian Church . . . where all are loved and called to live for Christ, to reach lives for Christ. We are a local Presbyterian congregation doing the work of Jesus Christ, gathering in this place since 1925. All are welcome to worship here and join our journey with God as we go into the world as disciples of Christ.