Bishop Mark Lawrence has posted a call to prayer in the wake of the Charleston shootings.
Prayer for all involved would seem the primary thing we can offer at this point:
For Emmanuel AME
The families and friends of those killed
The community, as it responds to this tragedy
Law enforcement, for a speedy apprehension of the person responsible
Protection from those who would attempt to exploit this crisis
Restraint of further violence in response
For the Church… to be a witness in the midst of this tragedy… to redeem it
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples and races of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and those who are near: Grant to those who have lost love ones your hope, comfort and peace; grant to those members of Emmanuel AME Church a sense of your presence; look with compassion on the whole human family here in Charleston and across our nation; show us how to respond to one another’s hurt and suffering; shed abroad your Spirit on those who have lost faith, hope and trust in You and one another; break down the walls that we separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that in your good time all peoples and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Note it is also reported that the wife of an ACNA priest was among those killed in the attack. I’ll update this with more details in a little while.
Updated: According to Anglican Ink. ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach released a statement and a prayer call this afternoon as well, including details of the killing of the wife of an ACNA priest during the massacre. (I did not see the statement on ACNA website, but they did send out a tweet confirming this news.
The Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, on 18 June 2015 released a statement asking for prayer for the families of the victims.
Please join me in praying for the Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity REC (ACNA) Church in Charleston, his family, and their congregation, with the killing of his wife, Myra, in the Charleston shootings last night,”