Moderator extends thoughts and prayers to Paris
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has spoken of his horror at the atrocities in Paris which have left hundreds of people dead and injured. Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison says the thoughts and prayers of the Church are with the people of France.
“News of the latest terrorist attacks in France have shocked and appalled us all. It is impossible to comprehend the mindset that leads people to perpetrate such indiscriminate barbarity against their fellow human beings. There can be no possible justification for such wicked acts which sadly reveal humanity at its very worst.
My heart – and I speak for us all in the Church of Scotland – goes out in deepest sympathy to all who have lost family members and friends and to those who have been injured in this atrocity. We hold them in our thoughts and prayers as we continue with renewed determination to work and pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom of justice and peace in all the world.
Such assaults are an attack on us all and on the values we cherish. In our divided world the task of peacemaking has never been more important.”
A prayer will be issued through the Church website, http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk, later which can be used by congregations across the country seeking to reflect on the tragedy during church services on Sunday.
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A prayer for Paris
14 November, 2015
‘Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart’
(Psalm 34:14, Good News Version)
God of the suffering, our prayers this day are for all who suffer and especially this day for the people of Paris in their pain and grief in the midst of evil.
We pray for parents grieving the loss of their children; children mourning the loss of their parents; neighbours stricken by the loss of friends; lovers torn apart through shocking violence.
We pray for those who today begin the long road to recovery: those deeply injured and fighting for life; those who have witnessed unspeakable horrors; those who heroically sought to save lives and those already working to rekindle the embers of hope.
God of the suffering, our prayers this day are for all who strive for peace and for all those who are especially fearful this day, those who don’t know which way to turn, those who fear being unjustly blamed.
We pray for peace makers not the empty peace of keeping warring sides apart but the deep peace in which enemies embrace the peace of your community of love, the peace of your Son, the Prince of Peace.