This weekend, students will graduate from Seattle Pacific University under the cloud of the recent shooting on campus. On the day of the shooting, June 5, Bishop Greg Rickel sent out a request for prayer for the SPU community, copied below, which includes a written prayer from the Rev. Laird at St. Luke’s. As a seminary student at SPU, I can say that we are all extremely grateful for the prayers of the greater Seattle community and that we have begun a beautiful process of healing with God’s help and the support of our churches. But we still have a lot to process, a lot to feel, and a long way to go. Especially during the graduation festivities (it now feels weird to call them that), I invite you to continue to keep us in your prayers.
From Bishop Greg Rickel:
June 5, 2014
It is happening all too often, and once again here. Today, a gunman shot four at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle around 3 p.m. One has already died. There are Episcopal students attending SPU from all over our diocese. The few I am aware of I have heard are safe and well. I know St. Paul’s, Seattle has many faculty, staff, and students from this school, and I am sure that is true of other Episcopal churches in this town and around. Please keep everyone, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our society that is becoming all too used to this in your prayers. I don’t know what I can possibly say that has not been said, this has to stop, we have to pay attention, we need to find ways to work together so that this is not so easy to do.
I share with you a prayer posted earlier today by the Rev. R.C. Laird, Vicar of St. Luke’s Church, Ballard:
O God, our lives and times are in your hands: be with the community of Seattle Pacific University as they attempt to make sense of the senseless violence they have experienced today. Heal the broken, comfort those who grieve, bind up the wounded, and bless all those who are touched by this tragedy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.