Prayer in the Face of Violence

Resources Reflecting on Gun Violence and Its Causes

We are deeply saddened and affected by the news of the senseless and tragic mass shooting in Nova Scotia on the weekend. In this time of profound grief, for our nation and most especially for those in Portapique and other affected communities, we pray to God for healing, comfort, peace and safety. Read the Moderator’s message here.

God of loving-kindness,
you hold all situations and souls in your hands and
you are our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in times of trouble.

You sent Christ into the world
that we might have life
and have it abundantly;
he came as the Prince of Peace
to a world that is too often violent.


In the face of harrowing events in Nova Scotia we pray for the family, friends, schools, hospitals, care-workers, law enforcement agencies and personnel, communities and congregations that have been experiencing so much shock, loss, grief and pain this week.

We come to you in grief
for those whose lives are cut short or are now forever changed; and
we come to you in sorrow and anger
at the violence in our streets, schools, workplaces and homes.

Give us strength to be a comfort to those in sorrow;
give us wisdom to be voices of peace in moments of chaos, tension and fear;
and give us courage to be a force for change in our communities.

And in your grace, let us see the day when the circumstances that lead to violence are transformed and the guns and weapons that destroy life are made into instruments of peace and healing.

These things we pray in Jesus’ name.