Prayers for Peace Offered to Victims of Wisconsin Shooting

By the Web Editors 08-06-2012

Since Sunday's terrible shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, Wis., faith communities have been extending their support, thoughts, and prayers to the faith community. 

As Christians, we are called to be a voice for peace and nonviolence — to stand against a culture of violence that has allowed for two such hateful acts in three weeks. We at Sojourners extend our deepest sympathis, our prayers lifted high, for all of those affected by the senseless tragedy. 

Lamb of God, 
you take away the sins of the world. 
Have mercy on us. 
Grant us peace.

For the unbearable toil of our sinful world, 
we plead for remission.
For the terror of absence from our beloved, 
we plead for your comfort.
For the scandalous presence of death in your creation, 
we plead for resurrection.

Lamb of God, 
you take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us. 
Grant us peace.
Come, Holy Spirit, and heal all that is broken in our lives, in our streets, and in our world. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

— from Common Prayer

Please comment here to add your thoughts and prayers. 

  1. Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    Please continue to keep the victims, families and friends involved in the Sunday morning shooting at the Sikh temple, in your prayers. "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy."
  2. TheoKeith
    With candlelights and signs that read "Wisconsin Weeps," about 100 people pray for peace in downtown Milwaukee.
  3. Congressman John Shimkus
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and all those affected by the tragic shooting yesterday at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
  4. TheSally
    Our prayers go out to everyone affected by the horrible tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak
  5. tinycorg
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families & friends of the victims in the Wisconsin shooting at a Sikh temple . #peace
  6. MWA1983
    great to hear “@sikhactivist: Muslim Peace Delegation in Milwaukee will dedicate prayer to Sikh victims tonight. #TempleShooting
  7. First United Lutheran Church - ELCA
    From last night's prayer service at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Whitefish Bay: Gracious God, Father of all humankind, we come before you to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Sikh community, for those slain this morning in violence, for those who lie in need of healing, for all those who mourn. Be present to us as we pray, that we might know your comfort and that we might be strengthened to be agents of peace in a violent world. Amen.

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