For our siblings who live, work, and visit the Short North neighborhood in Columbus, we join in prayer after a shooting in their neighborhood: God of compassion, we give you thanks for first responders and all who offer compassionate aid in situations of tragedy. Keep them safe from harm and give them courage and sound judgment as they act. That we may join in support of those who risk their lives for others, we pray: make us instruments of your peace. God of the promise in word and sacrament, we pray for the church. Give us a voice, your voice, to plead for a society marked by justice and sustained by cooperation among diverse peoples. Train us to resist the lure of brute force. That by your Spirit we may become words and signs of your mercy, we pray: make us instruments of your peace. God of true might and redemptive mercy, receive our prayers, and grant us to become your instruments of peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.