Texas Shooting: Pray for Grieving Members of God’s Church

Read through Isaiah 61 with us as we seek God’s peace and comfort together

God’s house should be a place of safety.

But for congregants of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, their safety was stolen on Sunday.

The service began as usual—until church members heard the sound of bullets firing outside the building. An armed man stormed the sanctuary, killing 26 brothers and sisters in Christ where they sat in their Sunday pews. Many more were wounded. The community grieves the loss of their neighbors, friends, parents, and children.

The U.S. is hurting today. American Bible Society president Roy Peterson shares, “My heart grieves for our brothers and sisters in Sutherland Springs, and our nation. We’ve all lost so much on Sunday.”

President Roy Peterson continues, “Since its beginning, the Church has been a community that gathers together in both joy and suffering. Now is the time to bear one another’s deep sorrows in prayer.”

Will you join us in praying for grieving members of God’s family?

Members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs are already praying together for God’s peace, comfort, and guidance in the wake of Sunday’s tragedy. Link arms with them—and God’s family around the world—as we ask for the peace only Jesus can give.

Let us pray through Isaiah 61 as we come before God’s throne together:

The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit.
He has chosen me and sent me
To bring good news to the poor,
To heal the broken-hearted,
To announce release to captives
And freedom to those in prison.He has sent me to proclaim
That the time has come
When the Lord will save his people
And defeat their enemies.
He has sent me to comfort all who mourn,To give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow.
They will be like trees
That the Lord himself has planted.
They will all do what is right,
And God will be praised for what he has done.They will rebuild cities that have long been in ruins.

My people, foreigners will serve you.
They will take care of your flocks
And farm your land and tend your vineyards.And you will be known as the priests of the Lord,
The servants of our God.
You will enjoy the wealth of the nations
And be proud that it is yours.Your shame and disgrace are ended.
You will live in your own land,
And your wealth will be doubled;
Your joy will last forever.

The Lord says,

“I love justice and I hate oppression and crime.
I will faithfully reward my people
And make an eternal covenant with them.They will be famous among the nations;
Everyone who sees them will know
That they are a people whom I have blessed.”

Jerusalem rejoices because of what the Lord has done.
She is like a bride dressed for her wedding.
God has clothed her with salvation and victory.As surely as seeds sprout and grow,
The Sovereign Lord will save his people,
And all the nations will praise him.

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