The Sunday after Sandy Hook – Sermons and Worship Resources from December 16, 2012

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT, we offer some of the sermons and worship materials composed and used by PPF members.

Sermon – Alison Harrington

It is hard to light the candle of joy this morning, isn’t it? After the tragic events on Friday, it would seem more appropriate to light the candle of sorrow. Read More…

Sermon – Roger Scott Powers

On Friday, our nation witnessed yet another horrific tragedy of gun violence. As police have reconstructed the events of that day, they believe that a young man just 20 years old, shot and killed his mother at home, and then drove to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 26 more people, 20 of them schoolchildren, before turning a gun on himself. It was the second worst school shooting in U.S. history. Read More…

Sermon – Shannan Vance-Ocampo

Two Sundays ago Presbyterians in Coundersport, Pennsylvania gathered for worship at First United Presbyterian Church. It was the first Sunday of Advent. Twenty minutes into their worship service a man walked into the sanctuary and up to their music director of many years, Darlene Sitler. Read More…

Prayers of the People – Libby Shannon

The prophets affirm, “the people who?ve walked in darkness have seen a great light.” We walk in darkness today, O God of Light. We walk in the darkness of loss, of violence, of fear. We walk in the darkness of unknown, unsure, uncertain. Read More…

A Hymn Lamenting Gun Violence – Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

God of mercy, you have shown us ways of living that are good: “Work for justice, treasure kindness, humbly journey with the Lord.” Yet your people here are grieving, hurt by weapons that destroy. Help us turn to you, believing in your way that brings us joy. Read More…

Pastoral Prayer – Sarah Henkel

Eternal Light and Life, We are gathered here to sing and pray our way through grief. We bring before you in the presence of our hearts and minds, the lives lost to gun violence. Read More…

Sermon – Jeffrey A. Geary

We are going to talk about gun violence. Sandy Hook – On Friday morning, around 9:30 am, 20 year old Adam Lanza wearing body armor and carrying three semi-automatic weapons, a Glock 9.mm handgun and a SIG Sauer handgun and a rifle, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Read More…