Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka
April 28, 2019 | Lisa Degrenia
Passage: Psalms 46:1
On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers killed over 250 people and injured more than 500 at churches and top-end hotels across Sri Lanka. We light this candle for those martyred for their faith and for all who are persecuted for their faith. It is evil and must end. Let us pray and work to this end.
Moment of Silence
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble
God our Refuge, calm our hearts when evil abounds. They run to lonesome places, screaming an alarm. Calm our hearts so we can find you above the fear
God our Strength, calm our hearts when evil abounds. They race to revenge, pounding with anger. Calm our hearts so we can hear you above the hammering.
God our Help, calm our hearts when evil abounds. They rush to human strength, grasping for control. Calm our hearts so we can hold to your way, your truth, and your life.
Calm our hearts so they may beat in unison with yours. So healing may flow into all brokenness. So hope may fill all devastation. So compassion and peace and unity may rise up among all people.
God our Strength, our Refuge, our Help. We entrust our lives to you. We step forward with you in your saving work. Amen
The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka (4/28/19), the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas (11/12/17) and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL (2/18/18).