October 28, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 126; Mark 10:46-52 | Daniel Glaze

Prayer for our Jewish neighbors:

 

Loving God, we pray to you this morning with hearts heavy with sadness over violence that took place in a house of worship in Pittsburgh. We cannot fathom what would cause a person to enter a place of sanctuary and worship and seek to do so much harm.

For those who have lost their lives, and especially for their families, we offer our prayers to you. Hold these families close to your own broken heart, and may the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

We pray also for those who were injured, including the police officers and first responders who risked their own lives to provide care and safety.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community, especially our friends and partners at Congregation Or Atid nearby. As they are angry, as they express sadness, and as they may even be fearful, may they know this—that their friends at River Road stand with them in solidarity and friendship. Bless Rabbi Hal Schevitz, we pray, as he seeks to lead his congregation forward in hope.

And as hard as it is, we pray for the gunman. For all the hate that filled his heart, forgive and heal him, Lord. For all those who peddle in fear and bow down to the false idols of anti-Semitism and white supremacy, forgive and heal them, Lord. Through your people, God, may they be shown a better way.

And we pray for the breadth of your earthly family, o Lord, which includes every human being, made in your image. May we all continue to work for that day when we shall live together as beloved community, when we shall seek peace and not war, when we shall love and not hate. Hear our prayer, o God, for we ask it in your name, Amen.

 

Sermon “Bartimaeus-Style Commitment”:

On this Commitment Sunday, we will read together the story of Bartimaeus and discuss what his story might teach us regarding our commitment of time, talent, and treasure at River Road Church.