May we find ways, as individuals in a divided society — and, where appropriate, in our various worship communities — to ensure that our prayers and public worship reflect the welfare of our own city, specifically, while never losing cite of our wider place as citizens of the world.

One place to start: Let each of us, and all of our houses of worship, acknowledge the violent losses of our towns’ citizens, even if those lost and their primary mourners are not members of the congregation.

For more on the prophetic command to “Seek the peace of the city” where one dwells, see also Songeveryday.

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