"A mass shooting occurred on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, Canada. Six people were killed and nineteen others injured when a lone gunman opened fire just before 8:00 pm, shortly after the end of evening prayers. Fifty-three people were reported present at the time of the shooting."
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A Prayer of Confession - Scott Patton
God, you hear our prayers, and you always respond with loving compassion,
From the Hebrew Scriptures:
read by Ruth Crabb
The printed text is from the Revised Standard Version.
“See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil.
From the Greek Scriptures: I Corinthians 3:1-9
Read by Ruth Crabb
But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
Reflection by Scott Patton:
The anthem was based on the poem
Resolution Blessing by the then 10 year old Mattie Stepanek
A Heartsong Blessing
Let our brand be gentle wind,
Let our ears be a those who listen,
Let our hearts be not ones
That rage so quickly and
Thus slow dramatically,
Let our spirits up and be
Most diligent to the soft
Yet desperate whisper of
Hope and peace for our world.
Let our souls be those
Which watch for the Lord,
Waiting with wonder and want.
Let our eyes be attentive
With interest and respect,
Let our minds be committed
To health and happiness,
Let our hands join
In helpful resolution
To being our best person,
Praying and playing and
Passing through moments
Some pain or memory -
Makers of pleasure
Touching the future together.
Matti Stepanek (July 17, 1990 - June 22, 2004)
To watch a five minute feature on Mattie Stepanek just check out
the follwing YouTube video from an Oprah Winfrey show by following the link below.
I challenge you to make it through without shedding a tear.