Prayer for Victims of Gun Violence

Shared in Worship on August 4th, 2019

Gracious God, we are acutely aware of the violence in our world and our society. Those factors which drive our neighbors to violence are as horrific as they are tragic. Through our prayers, we acknowledge the brokenness of the world around us, the pain shared by victims everywhere, and the sadness which overwhelms us in moments like this. In our darkness, give us light. In despair, lead us toward hope. In blindness, help us to seek a peaceful vision beyond bloodshed. For those who embrace hate, we pray that they will be brought to love. For those traumatized by this moment, we pray for your presence, embodied in the love of family and friends. May they be present, through the Holy Spirit, even in those times no words are possible.

Be with us O God, this day and in all the days to come. We make this prayer in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in whose name we pray.

Richard Lowell Bryant


Everything I Need To Know About Ocracoke I Learned On Howard Street

Slow down.

Speak to everyone, especially young people and dogs.

Eventually, someone will bring you a cake, a fish, shrimp, or deer. Stay hungry for life.

Walking through cemeteries can teach you how to talk to the living.

Living next to a graveyard helps you to stay in touch with your mortality by reminding you to live fully.

There are always forks in the road.

When you’re lost, someone will come along and tell you where you are.

You should ask a neighbor for help. Islands are isolated but people don’t have to be. Connect with the others around you.

A small light can brighten the darkest places.

Community has a distinctive sound. When all else fails, listen – someone will be singing or playing your way home.

Look out for golf carts and look both ways before you cross the street.

We are custodians of the island. We pass everything on to someone else.

Richard Bryant