Bomb threats: praying for calm and safety

Updated again:

Here’s the schedule for the lunchtime (12.15–1.15) prayer vigils this week:

  • Sunday: Revd Brian Bennet, Lutheran (ELCA)
  • Monday: Revd Eric Andrae, Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
  • Tuesday: Fr Joshua Kibler O.C., Roman Catholic
  • Wednesday: Revd Philip Wainwright, Episcopal
  • Thursday: Revd Eric Andrae, Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
  • Friday: Greg Voss, Non-denominational


Chaplains from the University of Pittsburgh Association of Chaplaincies invite the university community to daily lunchtime prayer vigils at Heinz Chapel in this time of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the recent bomb threats. In such a time, gathering in prayer is helpful for support and as a witness against the fears of this world.

Various chaplains will lead the vigils, using the rites of their respective traditions. The vigils will begin at 12:15 p.m. each day, beginning Saturday April 7, with time for prayer and reflection together, as well as time for individual silent prayer, for up to an hour. People may come and go as they  please. A chaplain or chaplains will be available throughout and afterward for conversation and counsel. All are welcome.

Pray for safety for the University community, success for the police and other investigators hunting for the culprits, and repentance for whoever is sending these threats.

Psalm 36

1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his
heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be
found out and hated.

3 The words of his mouth are mischief and deceit; he has ceased to
act wisely and do good.

4 He plots mischief while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that
is not good; he spurns not evil.

5 Thy steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, thy
faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God, thy judgments
are like the great deep; man and beast thou savest, O LORD.

7 How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men
take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.

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