This prayer was written in light of the recent mass shootings In Monterey Park, California & Half Moon Bay, California.

Loving God, we recognize the violence in our country, city, and world. We denounce it and declare that it is not ok. It is wrong.

Help us to not be so accustomed to such things that we become satisfied, complacent, or indifferent. In particular, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California and all who have been cut down too soon in body, mind, and spirit.  We honor their lives, families, friends, communities, and the contributions each has made to the world, and we grieve the things that will never be.

Lord, in your mercy, help us to also recognize within ourselves those times, places, and spaces where we too cause harm intentionally and otherwise.  May we walk gently in the world this day and be mindful of your call to love one another always.