Compassionate God and father of all, 
We are horrified at the violence in so many parts of our world. 
It seems that none are safe, 
and many are terrified. 
Hold back the hands that 
kill and maim; 
Turn around the hearts that hate. 
Grant instead your strong 
Spirit of Peace – 
Peace that passes our 
Understanding but changes lives, 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen