Oh, God, your children cry out,
and cry out, to you.

We pray for your people
of Tree of Life congregation,
for those who are waiting,
for those who are grieving,
for those who have died
because of senseless hatred
of your people, Israel;
may they find healing in your love,
and support from the community.

May any who have been part of this killing
be found quickly, and held accountable
for what they have done.

Help us, God of all creation,
to challenge the rhetoric that fans the hatred,
especially the interpretations of Christian scripture
that equate "Jewish" and "evil";
help us, God of all love,
to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms.

We pray to you, The Name,
as disciples of Jesus,
as people filled with your love.


—A prayer for the victims and survivors of the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. Originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.

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