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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Whom Shall I Fear?

Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence

Rosalind C. Hughes • July 2021

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Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to respond to potential violence.

Whom Shall I Fear? asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. It raises common themes in approaches to church security and looks at them in the light of scripture.

Whom Shall I Fear? provides thought-provoking reflections on topics such as locked doors, living faithfully in an unfaithful world, the question of armed security in a church setting, and the duty of Christians to extend hospitality to their neighbor. It includes stories from survivors of gun violence and wisdom on how churches can work to transform an anxious and fear-driven world. Whom Shall I Fear? helps the church thoughtfully wrestle with what it means to be a church of grace, welcome, and love when confronted with acts of cruelty, division, and hate.


Rosalind C. Hughes is an Episcopal priest in the diocese of Ohio. She serves as rector, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, OH. Hughes is the author of A Family Like Mine and Whom Shall I Fear? She is a regular contributor to Episcopal Café (episcopalcafe.com). Hughes holds a master of divinity from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary and a master of arts in theology from Oxford University.



ISBN: 9780835819671

Imprint: Upper Room Books

Pub Date: July 2021

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 144

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