Add Your Prayers to the Vigil of Remembrance and Lament for Uvalde

First Church hosted a Service of Remembrance and Lament on the first anniversary of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, which resulted in the deaths of 19 students, 2 teachers, and the gunman.

Gun violence is the leading cause of death for American children and teens, and as of the end of last week, more than 16,000 people have died in this country since January 1 because of a gun.

We gather for this purpose because we believe that God is found first and foremost in the suffering places of the world and of this life, and God is in solidarity with us in the pain and anger we bear. Even in a society where mass shootings come steadily like the drum beat of a funeral dirge, what we beheld in Uvalde one year ago ravaged our souls. It changed us. Yet again. And still we have not changed things. And so, today we gather in solidarity with a community that is forever changed, believing that what is true for God is also true for us—that their spirit is bound up with ours, and their grief is bound up with our grief. We gather to remember and lament.

This community of faith invites our whole community to remember and lament. Join the public witness to the tragedies wrought by gun violence by pinning a ribbon to the Prayer Vigil Installation that was begun today after worship. You can find it at the corner of 12th and Colorado Streets next time you are downtown or at the church.