God of compassion

Give us openness and compassion for those who suffer from domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

May our churches be a safe place where those whose lives are affected by abuse can name the truth of the violence in their lives and be heard with a spirit of oneness and caring.

May it be a place where perpetrators of abuse are called to account.

May it be a place where all can find justice and healing.

May we hear and respond to Jesus’ call “Come, follow me” as we work to end violence in all its forms.

This is our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ who knows the pain of violence. Amen.

Adapted from Lord, Hear Our Prayers MCC Domestic Violence Worship Resources.

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