Vigil for Uvalde and Buffalo, June 2, 2022

Thanks to the Gettysburg Community, United Lutheran Seminary

Prelude           “Melody”                                  C. Gluck

Selected Hymns   

Dale Elkiss, - violin;  Cathy Elkiss - piano and organ

Welcome  & Opening Prayer   Rev. Dr. Martin Otto-Zimmann

*     Hymn        God of Mercy, You Have Shown Us

Text: Copyright © 2009 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.  Used by permission of the author.

Moment of Silence, Empty Chairs     

“The Prayer of the Children”                                 Kurt Bestor   

Paul Freundel - soloist

Litany—Rev. Dr. Herbert Sprouse 

Leader: We pray in remembrance of those impacted by gun violence, both those who have been injured and those who have been killed in cities and towns across our country, and close to home. We hold their memories dear. We treasure those lives permanently altered through injury or those taken in senseless acts of violence, and we pray that they might find rest and peace. May their lives continue to make a difference in our world.

Together we pray.

All: God of Mercy, heal our broken hearts.

Leader: We raise our prayers in remembrance of the families and friends of the victims of gun violence in our nation. Comfort those who mourn. Dry the tears of those who weep. Sustain those who feel diminished. Impart courage to the hearts of those who feel helpless.

Together we pray.

All: God of Peace, sustain our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray in remembrance of all communities torn apart by gun violence. We are too familiar with places like Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland, Columbine, Aurora, Orlando, Newtown, Roseburg, Charleston and El Paso, but there are countless others. Each incident of violence affects all of us in our daily lives and work. Renew our resolve to pursue peace in our cities and towns and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

Together we pray.

All: God of Comfort, encourage our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray in remembrance of school teachers and administrators who put their students’ needs ahead of their own safety. We pray for first responders who witness the horror of gun violence while in service to our communities, and we pray for all those with responsibility for law enforcement. We give thanks for their call to protect and serve and to seek justice, which is inspirational to others, and we pray that their emotional wounds will be healed.

Together we pray.

All: God of Courage, inspire our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray for those lives taken by gun violence through suicide, and through accidental shootings, especially when those shootings involve children. We pray for those who are impacted by gun violence through domestic violence during this time of pandemic. Console and strengthen those whose despair is great.

Together we pray.

All: God of Hope, comfort our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray in remembrance of all people impacted by gun violence, as gun violence knows no boundaries but can affect all nationalities, races, cultures, faithsgenders, and socioeconomic classes; it can affect us where we live, where we worship, where we work, where we study, and where we play.

Together we pray.

All: God of Love, transform our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray for those who have committed acts of gun violence and for their families. We remember those suffering from mental illness who have gone untreated, and those suffering from loneliness and isolation. We pray for those who use guns, power and violence rather than respect and dignity to reconcile differences. Grant us the strength to pursue justice with a voice of love.

Together we pray.

All: God of Forgiveness, enlighten our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray for all community leaders and elected officials. We pray especially for the young adult leaders of the gun violence prevention movement. Give them insight, wisdom, and courage to address the epidemic of gun violence. Pour forth your Spirit on all our neighborhoods and break the chains of violence that bind your people.

All: God of Power, strengthen our broken hearts.

Leader: We pray today for ourselves and for others in our lives who have been touched by gun violence.

During the silent pause, I invite you to offer the names (either silently or aloud) of those for whom you pray.


Together we pray.

All: God of Astonishing Mercy, Compassion and Immeasurable Love, restore our broken hearts and enliven our confidence to find new ways to revive our world to become one of peace. Amen.

      (Adapted from Moral Call: a Vermont Interfaith Prayer and Remembrance Vigil)

Sending Song       “This America”

Following the vigil, those who wish may carry a sign to the intersection of Buford and Hay streets, either walking or by car.  

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