Milford United Methodist held Prayer Vigil for Orlando

MILFORD – On Tuesday evening, June 14, Milford UMC held a prayer vigil in solidarity for the victims of the Orlando attack on LGBTQ persons. The vigil was open to all who needed a place to come together to grieve for the painful loss to that community.

The name, age and some information about each of the victims’ lives were read from a rainbow of colored cards. Participants wrote personal prayers on the cards for that person. Through tears and full hearts, the collection of prayers was completed and will remain in the church, encouraging others to pray.

Milford UMC Rev. Casey Collins led the group in prayer and silent reflection, asking God to hear the grief and saying, "(Christ’s) call is one of love and for the church to stand against hate dismantling the systemic fear, hatred and discrimination that leads to such horrific violence against LGBTQ persons and communities. We hear so many say that there are no words for this type of tragedy, yet there are; words of action, words of solidarity, words turning over laws of the world, and laws of the church so that all may be safe and loved regardless of who we are or who we love. Give us courage O God, to stand up to those who preach and live hate, for you are a God of infinite love and compassion."

The Rev. Shayna Appel of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist church led the group in a song moving those in attendance to faith and love.

The event was attended by many of the local community as well as interfaith clergy. Milford United Methodist Church is located at 327 North River Road in Milford, NH.