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For the people of Portapique,
neighbours and community,
grieving today,
I pray.

For the victims of the shooting,
though I don’t know name or number,
I pray.

For their pain and their loss,
for their shock and confusion,
for all that has happened because of
this violence,
I pray your grace,
your compassion,
your strong presence,
your overwhelming love,
God of all creation.

In Jesus’ name...

—A prayer for the people of Nova Scotia affected by the shootings of April 18‒19, by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.