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Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

SAMPLE CHRISTIAN SERMONS AND PRAYERS 

Example Program/ Schedule for Interfaith Gun Violence Prevention Event (2015)
Courtesy of the Washington National Cathedral (View)

Vigilance Follows the Vigil – A Litany (2015)
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Courtesy of the National Council of Churches (View)

Re-turning to God (2015)
The Rev. Sally Johnston of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields (View)

Get Out of the Gun Empire with Father Abraham – Dr. Linda Gaither (2014)
Courtesy of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (View)

Childrens Sermon on Gun Violence Outline
Adapted from "Walking Cheerfully"
w/ Special Thanks to Swarthmore United Methodist Church (View)

For Too Long (Prayer)
Rev. Jan Nunley
St. Peters Episcopal Church (View)

Sermon: The Difference a Gun Can Make
Courtesy of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (View)

Episcopal Sermons (2012)
Courtesy of Episcopal Cafe (View)

Collected Prayers (2012)
Courtesy of One Step Closer Blog (View)

Advent Sermon on Newtown Tragedy – Rev. Denise Yarbrough (2012)
Courtesy of Interfaith Conversations Blog (View)

Agents of Advent – Bishop Jeffrey Lee (2012)
Courtesy of Episcopal Bishops Against Gun Violence (View)

Enough. Is. Enough – Rev. Lauren R. Stanley (2012)
Courtesy of Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Staunton, VA) (View)

Repentance Means Becoming Human – Rev. Mike Marsh (2012) (View)

Litany, Hymn and Scripture Passages
Courtesy of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (View)

Hope Has Two Daughters: Anger & Courage – Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo (2012)
Courtesy of Justice Unbound and the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church (View)

 

HYMNS

"God of Mercy, You Have Shown Us" Hymn – Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Courtesy of the Presbyterian Church USA (View/ Download)

"God We Have Heard It" Hymn – Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Courtesy of the Presbyterian Church USA (View/ Download)

 

CHRISTIAN RESOURCES/ INSPIRATION

Lectionary on Gun Violence (North Carolina Council of Churches)

God Not Guns Worship Guide (Brady Center)

What Your Church Can Do about Gun Violence  (Baptist Peace Fellowship)

Preventing Gun Violence Study Guide (Mennonite)

Gun Violence, Gospel Values Study Guide (Presbyterian Church USA)

Overcoming Violence Study Guide (United Church of Christ)

Worship/prayer resources (National Council of Churches USA)

Gun Violence Prevention Worship Resources (Presbyterian Church USA)

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Public Witness Statement on Gun Violence

 

EVENT IDEAS

Engagement Activity: Dinner with a missing guest
Hand out a paper plate to each congregant with a prayer on them and ask congregants to place the plate at the dinner table on December 14th, the anniversary of the tragic shootings in Newtown, to represent one of the many who are no longer with us. (Get the one-pager w/ prayer courtesy of Eileen McCarron.)

Sermon & Education
Deliver a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath sermon, invite reporters to attend, and provide gun violence prevention information/activities to congregants.

Shoes we can never fill
Provide the visual of empty shoes or clothes on a clothesline outside church and invite media to vigil. See examples of the powerful imagery of shoes here.

Points of Light
Light thousands of tealight candles depicting the number of people who have been lost to gun violence since Newtown or light candles representing the number of local gun violence victims. (A helpful calculator showing how many gun deaths since Newtown is available here.)

Vigil & Vocals
Hold a vigil or church service with choir outside member of Congress's office. While church choir is singing, have names of gun violence victims read. Intersperse lines of psalms with names of gun violence victims. 

Fasting for Action
A communal fast – have a continuous 2,000 hour fast (12 weeks) where people commit to fasting for one day outside elected officials’ office for gun violence victims.

Acts of Kindness
Perform a specific number of acts of kindness to honor the number lost to gun violence in your community since Newtown.

 

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The Fall 2016 National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend is December 14-18

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