Bishop Lowry Calls for Prayer in Wake of Las Vegas Mass Shooting

As information and details continue to come to light from Sunday night’s (Oct. 1) mass shooting – already the worst mass shooting in modern U. S. history – there is still no known motive for why a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. Even as Christians and people of faith across the country ask “Why?” the call for prayer is rising amidst the calamity and confusion – prayers for comfort, strength, wisdom and peace.
After learning of the shooting, Bishop Lowry, who is currently leading a group of Central Texas Conference (CTC) United Methodists on a “Paul’s Missionary Journey” trip in the Mediterranean, called on the people and churches of the CTC to be in persistent prayer for the victims, their families, the first responders and all involved in the horrific and senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Please watch for more information on ways to help those directly affected by this shooting. The following are  some resources (gleaned from a very quick search on and other UMC General Board and Commission websites) on how people of faith can best respond to tragedy.