Today we stand with and pray for the people of Aotearoa-New Zealand, especially for those who have died in the recent attacks. We pray for, and commit ourselves afresh, to peace and understanding between all the peoples of God’s world.
God of grace and mercy,
We pray for the people of Christchurch and all New Zealand.
We pray for the 49 victims who have died in these attacks,
for the mercy of your eternal love.
We pray for all who mourn, for families, friends, communities, a nation.
We pray for Muslim communities grieving
and we pray for understanding and acceptance throughout the world
between peoples of all faiths and none.
O God of many names,
lover of all peoples,
we pray for peace.
Peace in our hearts and homes,
peace in our nations and our world,
the peace of your will,
the peace of our need.
Through Christ, the prince of peace.
Collect from A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa