I ask that you join me in praying for the people of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Pray for all family and friends of those who were killed. Pray that the killer will be brought to justice. Pray that God will heal our nation of the ongoing pattern of racial violence.
I also invite you join me in this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May God break our hearts over these saints who were killed. May God give us broken and contrite hearts, renew our minds, and root out every hint of complacency toward the victims of violence.