Riverside Baptist Church joined in the national effort of Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath in this Advent Season of hope. We intentionally and intensely joined hope with our alarm at the number of mass shootings and gun homicides in our nation. Be sure to listen to Pastor Bledsoe’s sermon in response to this issue entitled, Song of Despair, Song of Hope. Visit the National Gun Violence collaborative page promoted by Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence. There is an array of resources available there.
Finally, take time to read and to pray Deacon Terryn Nelson’s prayer offered in worship today after she read the names of those Christian souls whose lives were cruelly ended at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
A Prayer for the Prevention of Gun Violence
By Deacon Terryn Nelson in worship at Riverside Baptist Church, Washington DC
O God of life, Creator of the universe, Sustainer of all:
We come before you in sorrow and anger at the killing on our streets and in our schools, workplaces and houses of worship.
We come in repentance at our own participation in the culture of violence in our land.
We come in hope borne of our past victories over injustice, asking for strength and clarity and fortitude, that we might bring about transformation in our laws, in the ways we resolve conflict and address fear, in our tolerance for violence, in the hearts of our leaders and our fellow Americans.
May we become a people who put our trust in You, not in our weapons. By your mighty power, and in your overwhelming love, renew our vision for peace and safety in our land, beginning with us today, we pray.