Let us take a moment of silence and hold in our hearts the Virginia Tech community…

Loving God, we grieve the lives of the people who died in this tragedy and ask you to welcome them home and surround them with your love. Be with your people who mourn their loved ones and friends and with all who have been touched by this event. Thank you for those who are ministering to this community through counseling, prayer, hospitality, and presence.

Teach us, Lord, to be a people of peace and compassion, to minister to all those who are suffering including those who act out in violence. Forgive us and help us to forgive others. Help us to erase all violence from our own lives no matter how seeming small or insignificant.

We ask this in your name, Jesus, you who knew violence and answered it with love. Amen.