The Lord’s Day
The last few days have been hard.
Terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris
have left hundreds dead and wounded and
have heightened the fears of many more.
It is not unusual for us to gather to worship
you on the first day of a new week immediately
after the conclusion of an old week that
was fraught with difficulty and danger.
Indeed, all weeks are, whether we are aware
of it or not, fraught with difficulty and danger.
This new one will be, too.
So please help us today
to celebrate life in the midst of death,
to pray for peace in the midst of war,
to foster hope in the midst of despair,
to practice trust in the midst of fear, and
to share love in the midst of hate.
Tomorrow, show us what we
need to do to make things better.
Today, remind us of who we are
as we worship you for who you are.