God of Compassion,
we pray for the people affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris.
We pray for the wounded.
We pray for families who have lost loved ones.
We pray for the fire, police, military and ambulance staff on the scene.
We pray for the doctors and nurses caring for the injured.
Holy and Righteous God,
these cynical and cowardly acts have shaken us.
Comfort the hurting. Hold them tight, Good Shepherd.
Surround this world with a strong sense of your care.
Bring justice to the perpetrators of this evil.
Inspire all your children to break these devastating cycles of violence.
Out of these terrible happenings, weave wonders of goodness and grace.
This we ask in the precious name of Jesus,
whose life, death and resurrection
are an ever-present witness to the good news
that–in You–love will always triumph over violence.
May your truth and your way
rule over our hearts this day and always. Amen.