Dear Friends in Christ,
Our hearts are heavy with the recent news of the violence that was perpetrated against your church this week. You are in our thoughts and prayers as your grieve your losses and seek justice for the families who lost loved ones in this brutal and senseless crime.
As sisters and brothers, we stand with you. We hold you in our hearts, and we will continue to speak out and work against the evil that is all too prevalent in our country today.
You are a strong community, with deep historical roots. We give thanks that you will not be brought down by this tragedy. You will continue to spread the good news of God’s amazing grace and mercy, and you will find a way to honor those whose lives are lost in a way that brings glory to God.
But for now, know that you are uplifted by the prayers of countless people, including the members of the Kentucky Council of Churches. We pray for comfort, strength, and the blessed assurance of God’s never-ending love.
Eternal God, our help in every time of trouble, send your Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen us, that we may have hope of life eternal and trust in your goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
With love, hope, and peace, and in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Kentucky Council of Churches
 Book of Common Worship, Westminster/John Knox Press.