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…

—Right Rev. Richard Bott – Moderator of the United Church of Canada

(Source:  United Church of Canada website)