Moderator prays for Manchester and Egypt
Published on 26 May, 2017
The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, has offered these prayers following the terrible events of recent days which have seen dozens of people killed and maimed both here in the UK, and during the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt earlier today.
A prayer for Manchester
God of the broken-hearted,
God of the dark places,
We turn to You to find a place
Where we can sit in silence
And try to begin
To put together our thoughts and feelings.
When tragedy draws near,
And lives are cruelly ended,
When words seem not enough,
And comfort far away,
Draw near, sit with us,
Hold us in the darksome silence.
We bring to You our hurt, our loss,
Our anger, our grief, or incomprehension.
We pray for those who have lost their dear ones,
And for those who wait anxiously by a hospital bedside.
We pray for the walking wounded
Who witnessed and who will take time to come to terms
With what they saw.
We pray for emergency and security services
Who walked in to the danger to help.
In the days and weeks and months and years that lie ahead,
Let prayer continue,
Let hope return,
Let peace come.
These things we ask in the name of Christ,
The wounded healer.
Earlier this week, the following Deliverance was passed by the General Assembly
"Express profound sadness at the attack at Manchester Arena and the tragic and pointless loss of life; affirm the courage and grace with which Manchester is already responding; call on the Church to continue to foster deep relationships across communities; and commit us to pray for all affected."
Earlier today, the Moderator briefed the Assembly on the attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt and contributed the following prayer
(Transcribed from a recording)
God of the Fearful, we bow before you at this time
And wonder as we bow our heads
Wonder what kind of world we live in
Where such actions can take place by people claiming faith upon those people who live faith
We hold before you our brothers and sisters from the Egyptian Coptic Church in our prayers at this time
We remember their families and loved ones
We pray for all the people of Egypt
We pray for those who are suffering
And though it may be hard for us
We pray for those who cause the suffering
Gracious God, at times like these we take our freedom too easily
Let us now, through prayer and through other actions
Demonstrate that we follow One who is the Prince of Peace
That our response and the response of people of all faiths and none
May be to shun this wicked action
And to find other ways, better ways, gentler ways
To witness to faith
And for us as a Christian community we ask these things in the strong name of Christ Our Saviour,