Prayers for Orlando and Anniversary of Charleston

June 17th is the one year anniversary of the murders of 9 people at the Mother Emmanuel AME church in Charleston SC. This past week we also saw the attack and murder of 49 people in Orlando, FL. My heart breaks for all those who have lost loved ones in these murders. My heart breaks that we live in a world where these killers could believe that their sisters and brothers on this planet are so worthless that they deserve to die. I cry out to my Lord and My God that his peace and love will break out and bring us to a place where death and sin and destruction will be no more.

So I would like to ask you friends in the Allegheny Synod to join me in a week of prayer for those who were lost. Please pray for those victims and their families this coming Sunday. Please join me in remembering and holding up before God those who were murdered in Orlando, and those that died last year in Charleston. We pray that God will heal the hearts of those who would think that this evil and violence is their best option.

I know you are already doing this. But let us, as God’s people join together to pray for those who lost loved ones and pray for that day when mourning and dying and pain will be no more.

+Bp Michael L. Rhyne