ELCA NEWS SERVICE
December 15, 2012
ELCA expresses sorrow for lives lost in Newtown, Conn.
CHICAGO (ELCA) - Prayers of Intercession from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in response to the school shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., are now available at ELCA.org. A gunman shot dead 20 students and six adults before apparently killing himself.
“Today we express our sorrow for lives lost in Newtown, and we are being drawn together as a people. May this tragic moment become the occasion to experience the depth of God’s mercy and the love of Jesus,” said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop.
“May our mourning move us to join together to turn back a rising tide of violence, for this is not the world that God desires for God’s children. In this season of Advent, we bear witness that our hope is in Christ, the prince of peace,” said Hanson.
Prayers of Intercession are available at http://www.ELCA.org/Growing-In-Faith/Worship/Prayers-of-Intercession.aspx on the ELCA’s website.
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God's work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
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Melissa Ramirez Cooper
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