This morning the American people are united in prayer and concern for the victims of the mass shooting at the "Batman" movie in Aurora, Colorado. This event serves as a reminder that people of faith are called to work towards an end to gun violence. We need additional responsible gun control measures that take weapons of war off our streets and out of our neighborhoods. For the victims, we pray for healing. For the dead and their families, we pray for justice and healing for those left behind. Lord, hear our prayer.
Update via The White House: President Obama has issued a proclamation that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House and at all public buildings and grounds until sunset on July 25.
Update: In response to this tragedy and recent shootings in Portland, my sermon this Sunday at University Park Church (9:30 am) and Sunnyside Church (11am) will be a reflection on Psalm 23, one of the lectionary readings for this week, and how Christians might better respond to gun violence. This represents a change from the original theme planned for worship this week at both churches.