Old South Church UCC in Boston, which is located by the Boston Marathon finish line, reported via Facebook and the church website Monday afternoon that the church is safe and secure and asked for prayers for all those affected by the explosions in Copley Square.
Two explosions occurred near the Marathon finish line at about 3:00 PM, killing two and injuring dozens of others.
"We lift our heavy hearts to You today God. We ask for your gentle love to shower upon those impacted by the events of today. Walk with us as we move forward as a city, and people," the church posted. "Old South in Boston's building is secure and we echo the request of the Governor for all those to remain home and pray with our brothers and sisters. We thank all those who have expressed concern and prayer."
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The Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Team sent this message out to churches and clergy on April 15th:
Today we pray that God is a very present help...
for all those who experienced first-hand today's horrific violence,
for those who have been injured and for their loved ones,
for those who were killed and for their loved ones,
for all first responders -- police, fire, EMS -- and other public officials who are working hard to secure our area,
for all medical and trauma personnel who are caring for those impacted,
for those in the media who inform us compassionately,
for our brothers and sisters of all faiths that this may be a time of coming together,
for those faith communities in the impacted areas, especially Trinity Church and Old South Church,
for ourselves and all of our loved ones.
Scripture invites us to 'love our enemies' and so we also pray, if we are able, for those responsible for today's terrible violence.
May God give us grace, courage and peace as we seek to process and understand this awful news.
May God grant us patience in this time of uncertainty.
May God give us hope, though the evening, in the morning and in the days ahead.
May we all find strength and hope in God and in the bonds of our families, friends and our beloved community.
Yours in faith,
Dan (and the First Church Staff)