O God, your people are hurting. Many feel lost, afraid, ready to give up.
Bring us back to a place where we seek authentic community, where we long to understand each other, especially those that come from differing places and views.
You call each of us to reconciliation. Give us the strength and wisdom and temperament to get there.
For those that have died, we pray for a peaceful rest. For those who have been abused, we pray for healing and forgiveness. For those who seek to do evil, we pray for a change of heart. For those who are weary and ready to give up, we pray for courage and strength. And, for a world in need of joy, we pray for voices that laugh and sing and shout.
We ask this in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.