Response to attack at London Bridge and Borough Market

Home » Church News » Response to attack at London Bridge and Borough Market
single_candle

Response to attack at London Bridge and Borough Market

04 June 2017

A statement from the Chairs of the London District in response to the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Today marks the feast of Pentecost within the Christian Church — a day when we remember people from all over the world gathering in Jerusalem for a festival. We remember God's Holy Spirit of peace and love being poured into the world in a new and dynamic way, breaking down barriers of language and nation. The area around Borough Market and London Bridge on a Saturday night is usually a place of festival — a vibrant place where people from all over the world gather to enjoy each other's company. It is shocking to wake up to the news of the devastating attack that took place last night.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have died, those who are injured and those who mourn. We are again deeply moved by stories of courage shown by our emergency services and by members of the public who put themselves at risk to shield others from harm. As we offer prayers in churches and homes today, we pray that these events will not lead to the spread of fear in our city but that, once again, Londoners will stand united against those who would have us turn on each other in hate.

Michaela Youngson and Nigel Cowgill
Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church

A Prayer

Loving God,
Your Son, Jesus Christ, is the Prince of Peace.
We pray that his peace might bring comfort into the lives of those who mourn,
We remember those who have died and pray for the healing of those wounded.
We give thanks for all the emergency services, for their skill and courage.
We ask that witnesses and those traumatized by violence will find peace.
At this time of festivals we pray,
for Christians celebrating the birth of the church at Pentecost;
for our Jewish sisters and brothers who have celebrated their festival of Shavout;
for our Muslim sisters and brothers in this holy month of Ramadan;
for all people of faith and good will.

May your world know peace and may we have the courage to be peacemakers in our homes our community and our world.

In the name of Christ.
Amen.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Harvest 2019
WMC: Mon 19 Aug 11:00am

Harvest Our Harvest Festival service this year is on Sunday 29th September when we will be using the material from All We Can. This will also mark our third year of being a partner church with All We Can as they seek to ring help and hope to some of the poorest communities in the world.This year's theme is deepen you roots and celebrates how lives in Ethiopia are being transformed by the...

Image: 20190803_130223
WMC: Mon 19 Aug 11:00am

From the Manse....This summer, our National Trust membership card was used numerous times as together we explored old familiar properties along with discovering new, previously unvisited ones.From the interiors of grand houses with their trappings of power, influence and wealth to gardens and parklands with incredible views and vistas, we caught a glimpse of bygone ages and lifestyles very...

Framlands care home
WMC: Sun 18 Aug 12:00pm

Liz, Alison and June took part in the annual sponsored walk in aid of Framland care home in Wantage last year. They had a lovely time walking with folk from other churches around Ardington. This year the annual walk will be at 11am on Saturday 21st September and will start from the car park of the Snelsmore Common Country Park, Nr Newbury. If you are interested in joining the walk, have a...