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  • Dear Ekko, 

    Many of us have now heard about the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1st. The incident has left at least 59 dead and hundreds more injured. Before we do anything, may we all take a moment to mourn with those who are mourning and cry with those who are weeping. Jesus, have mercy. 

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    Like many of you, the church leadership is heartbroken, angry, confused, and deeply saddened. We mourn with the families who are grieving the loss of a loved one or friend. We also mourn the brokenness we are experiencing as a nation and in our communities. Over the past decade, we have witnessed and experienced a painfully absurd number of mass shootings resulting in the loss of innocent lives. Such acts of evil often leave us grasping for words and prayers become elusive although we feel it germinating inside of us. The language of lament and grief are also lost because we are a culture that would rather ignore and numb ourselves rather than engage in Christlike solidarity with those who are mourning. As Christians who profess Jesus as Lord, we are called to engage with our prayers, have a deeper understanding of the issues, and take action. 

    Ekko, we invite you to participate & engage in the following ways:

    1. Pray
      Have you ever watched the news and felt like a wave of evil and injustice come at you? You want to help, you want to do something, but you feel helpless. And feeling helpless we often change the channel, turn our radios off, and silence the inarticulate prayers bubbling up inside us. We feel uncomfortable watching their discomfort and we are left feeling hopeless. Scripture teaches us to rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn. Psalm 124 can help us rejoice with those who are rejoicing and to mourn with those who are mourning. 

      Psalm 124 challenges us to pray with hope, not only for ourselves but for those in our lives and in our world that are suffering. We must act, but we often forget that for the Christian, the first and most proper action to take is the act of prayer. This is the act that will fuel and sustain all acts of love in the long run. With that said, I’d like for us to pray this adapted version of Psalm 6 for the hurting in our world and go into a time of intercession for them. Let’s declare this truth over the hurting, over the nations, on behalf of those drowning under injustice, those suffering from violent evil, swept away by war, losing their lives to the fangs of sicknesses that rage against them. 

      (While Kneeling Pray this Prayer then go into Intercession) 

      “Lord have mercy on those that are suffering and hurting in our world. Have mercy for they are faint, they are in need of rescue, in need of healing, for their bones are in agony. Their soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? How long until they sing this song with us? How long until they can declare Psalm 124 with us? How long? Turn Lord, and deliver them, save them because of your unfailing love. What glory would you receive if they simply perish? They are worn out from their groaning, all night long they flood their beds with weeping, their couches are soaked in tears. Their eyes grow weak with sorrow. Chase the evil away for you hear their weeping and have heard their cry for mercy. Lord, I know you hear, I know you’ve accepted their plea. May their enemies be overwhelmed with shame and anguish, may their enemies turn back and leave in shame. Lord have mercy.” 
      - (Adapted from Psalm 6)

      Listen & Pray with the abridged version of "Raging Waters" above from the Prayers for the Pilgrimage Series

    2. Watch & Reflect 
      A better understanding of the issues helps us pray more effectively and guides us towards meaningful action steps. We hope these two films will serve as guides in helping you better understand, empathize, and take meaningful action steps. Both films are available on Netflix.

      Newtown | 2016

      Armor of Light | 2015 

    3. Take Action
      Contact your local Senators and Representatives to voice your concern and participate in the process of making our nation safer. 


      Contact Senator Diane Feinstein Here.
      Contact Senator Kamala D. Harris Here.