Almighty and merciful God hear our prayers on behalf of the people of Sutherland Springs. Grant those who were killed an entrance into the land of light and joy. Heal the wounded in body, mind, and spirit, and strengthen them to face the days ahead. Comfort and watch with those who grieve. Hasten the time in when such gun violence shall cease; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.