As we worshipped God this morning at Trinity Church, just moments away a gunman entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a children's presentation and, armed with a shotgun, killed one church member and wounded eight more, five of them critically.
(Click on the post title for a local, Knoxville news report.)
We grieve with those affected by this tragedy; our prayers are with them and with the gunman.
O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.