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Prayer Vigil for a Tragedy

15 December 2012

Even in Afghanistan, a country rife with tragedy, conflict and violence, the events which are unfolding at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut have sent a ripple of fear and pain through our hearts. Especially because we are unable to reach out and hug our children and spouses, as the body seems apt to want to do when events of this magnitude confront us with the evil and danger in our world. It seemed best to offer our soldiers an opportunity to pause, reflect and pray this evening in The Ghan Chapel, interspersed with music and scripture reading, in order to focus on God during this time. The order of liturgy is detailed below. All Songs referenced are from The David Crowder Band, except for the last, which was done by the late, great, Rich Mullins.

 

Prayer Vigil

He Prays for Us - (Romans 8:26-27)

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Music and Prayer: “I Need Words” (2:03)

*** pray that God would speak peace to those suffering ***

He Hears our Prayers – (Psalm 40:1-3)

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

Music and Prayer: “All I Can Say” (4:32)

*** pray that God would hold close those mourning ***

He Understands Suffering and Grief – (Isaiah 53)

“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. “

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”

Music and Prayer: “Deliver Me” (4:45)

*** pray that God would shepherd those grieving ***

He Comforts Us – (2 Corinthians 1:2-5)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

Music and Prayer: “O God, Where Are You Now?” (5:03)

*** pray that God would comfort the sorrowful ***

He is the “Yahweh,” Lord God Almighty – (Isaiah 51:12-15)

“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar, the Lord Almighty is his name.”

Music and Prayer: “Never Let Go” (4:40)

*** pray that God would reveal His love and power ***

He is Our Hope – (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)

“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Music and Prayer: “Come Awake” (5:09)

*** pray that God would reunite the families in Eternity ***

He has Conquered Death – (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Music and Prayer: “Rescue is Coming” (6:37)

*** Thank God that He has defeated Death ***

He Gives us Hope – (Psalm 126:5-6)

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”

Music and Prayer: “Peace” (5:20)

***pray that God would restore their Hope ***

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