A Prayer for Tree of Life Synagogue

from Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church of Canada

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.