Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord:
Peace in our time, O send us!
For there is none on earth but You,
None other to defend us.
You only, Lord, can fight for us. Amen (Lutheran Service Book 777).
All-loving Father, look in Your bountiful compassion on Ferguson, Mo., and the greater St. Louis community.
Grant wisdom and guidance to all our civil leaders and bless the efforts of our law enforcement to keep order and to bring a sense of security and calm.
Grant protesters wisdom to express their disappointment and sorrow with respect and decorum.
Rid our land of all conflict and fear between various groups, and help us all to live together as Your beloved children, through Him who truly is our peace, even Jesus, whose blood has reconciled us to Yourself and made us one family.
We ask it in His strong name. Amen.
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