Lifting Up Prayers For The Black Community Following Charleston Massacre

Late on Wednesday evening a white gunman fatally shot nine black people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina before fleeing the scene and evading local police.

Anti-black violence in places of worship is nothing new. The most infamous of these attacks was the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four little girls died in that attack, making Wednesday’s attack more than twice as deadly.

The nine victims of last night's attacks include Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a mother of three, reverend, and high school track coach; Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor, father of two, and a state senator in South Carolina; Cynthia Hurd, who worked in the county's libraries for 31 years; Tywanza Sanders, a 26-year-old recent graduate of Allen University; Myra Thompson, the wife of reverend Anthony Thomspon, who is a vicar at Holy Trinity REC; Ethel Lee Lance, a 70-year-old sexton who had worked in the church for more than 30 years; Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, a ministerial staff member at the church; Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, a mother of four, minister, and active member of the choir; and Susie Jackson, 87, who served in the choir and the church’s usher board.

Click here to learn more about the victims of this attack. 

As we struggle with the reality of this hatred and violence—our request is simple. We ask that you continue to uplift the lives of the black community in your prayers.

We ALL are responsible in stopping this lineage of violence.

Comments (2)

God bless the victims and their loved ones. May they know God's presence during this dark time.

May the second coming of Christ eliminate all senseless violence in our world. In the meantime, its our responsibility, as God's people to do our best to strive for an end to all senseless violence.

Oh God, please touch all the family of those who
Have lost loved ones in this tragic and insane act of racial violence against our brother & sisters in Christ at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL. Be with this Church, the families & friends & their community & pour out you love grace & mercy and fill it with you love rather than any hate - this act was the Devil's y to cause more hurt to those already hurting from this ravages of racial prejudices that need to be address these issues in an open diologue to start the healing process in our in our country!
Lord, pour compassion & love into every person affected by this horrific violence and let Your Love be a healing balm & forever presence, protecting, providing, and showing you presence in tangible of love, funds, & service. And, may you Providential hand be at work in the very fabric of our lives, making us award that love rules over evil - even when tragedies strike. Thank you, Lord, for these and all your many gifts to us every day! In the name Our Father God, Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior & The Holy Spirit who comforts us and guides our way in times like thes. We give You praise, honor, & glory for all that is accomplished in yours y names, we pray!
Amen!

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