A Prayer After the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

After the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, I, like several white straight Christians, struggled to respond. Here’s my imperfect prayer following this tragedy, stemming from my own context. Below are some helpful resources that have guided my prayers. Please note: this will be edited to include additional resources below. Please feel free to recommend any additional resources. 

Oh God,

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Our hearts are broken.

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God is…. (A sermon on the Trinity)

This sermon was preached on May 22, 2016 at Dayspring Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO on Psalm 8. You may have seen bits of this sermon from other sermons.

I have a confession to make. I like to doodle. I doodle during sermons. My PhD supervisor, who doesn’t allow electronics of any kind in the classroom, will allow doodling, because it gets the brain thinking in different ways. In Sunday School, when I was teaching on the mystic Hildegard last week, we learned how artwork causes us to think about God in different ways. I’m not a very good artist, so maybe I’ll pick out a word that I connect to the sermon and write it in different ways. Or, like last week during Pentecost, I drew images of the Holy Spirit: flames, a dove, etc. So, if you feel comfortable, whether you are young, or old, feel free to doodle in your worship guide as we explore with the Psalmist who God is, and who we are, through thinking about the Trinity.

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Hildegard’s icon of the Trinity in her Scivias. Source

What is the Trinity, anyway?

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