Oh Tender Mercy,

Dawn upon us this morning,

Break into the shadows of death

that seem to be overwhelming

the many worlds in which we live, and those in which we don’t that surround us.

Oh Tender Mercy,

We pray for those

who are in mourning,

who grieve,

who are suffering in the desolation of loss,

who are drowning in the pain of the senselessness of violence.

Bring forth the light of hope to hold them as they sit in the shadows.

In silence and word, we offer prayers for those we know who are struggling: (silence)

O Tender Mercy,

Break upon us with your dawning,

Guide our feet with the strength of our prayers,

to walk in the ways of peace with action,

to do what we can do as your people

to pave ways of peace wherever we go.

O Tender Mercy,

Your dawn is new every morning,

and we are grateful the points of light in our lives, in the midst of the shadows around us.  Your love prevails.

O Tender Mercy,

Break forth among and within us.

Amen.

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