Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Sharon Hollis has offered the following prayer in the wake of Thursday’s deliberate running down of pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD.
Loving, merciful God
You come amongst us as a fragile baby,
healing the grief and sorrow of the world
through your loving suffering solidarity with humanity.
We pray for the city of Melbourne.
In this season of festivity
our joy has been ruptured by violence.
We pray for those who are fighting for their lives,
may they be sustained by your abiding presence
We pray for those who witnessed the attack,
may they be healed by your loving kindness.
We pray for those who responded to the incident,
may they find assurance in your
Be with each of us.
Bind up our broken hearts
and open us to each other
that we may support and care for each other.