Dear Lord, we gather here today to pray. We pray for those who lost their lives and for those who mourn for them in Florida.
Accept, O Heavenly Father, the souls of the innocent young people and teachers into your heavenly kingdom.
Our God is a God of history, present in and through whatever happens.
The daily struggles between friends, the political squabbles of governments and the search for knowledge, they are all areas where God's presence and plans are at work.
God's Kingdom, described in the Gospel emerges through ordinary events.
Our God gets involved actively in the world, through us.
We are now called again to that partnership today.
Let us respond.