Responses to the Paris attacks
14 November 2015
Prayer: Eternal God
in whose perfect realm
no sword is drawn but the sword of justice,
and no strength known but the strength of love:
guide and inspire all who seek your kingdom,
that peoples and nations may find their security
in the love which casts out fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
The Remembrance Sunday Collect - Methodist Worship
Book, p. 563
Hymn: Hopeless to help in this violence, this
Andrew Pratt has written a hymn of reflection in response to the
French shootings of 7-9 January 2015, which he has added to
following the tragic events of 13 November 2015:
"Hopeless to help in this violence, this crisis,
here in the focus of bloodshed and fear,
common humanity binds us together,
love at the centre, not hatred's veneer.
History repeats in a city of beauty,
here amid elegance: danger's embrace.
Love is our purpose when those filled with hatred
break down relationships, nullify grace.
Give me your hand, then let peace grow between us,
let us rebuild what distrust might destroy.
Now in this moment we'll make a commitment,
love is the weapon we'll use and deploy."
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Statement from the Methodist Church in
The President and the Vice-President of the
Conference have issued the following statement about the attacks in
"We, and all the Methodist people,
pray for all the victims of the attacks in Paris on Friday night.
We hold in our prayers all those who seek to offer comfort
and support in the days and weeks ahead."
The Revd Steven Wild, President of
the Conference, and Dr Jill Barber, Vice-President of the
Statement from the World Methodist
The World Methodist Council condemns the
terrorist-motivated multiple bombings, shootings, and
hostage-taking attacks in Paris yesterday, the second
time in less than a year that such attacks have taken place on
The savage attack on innocent, unarmed civilians attending a
concert, soccer match and eating at restaurants shows
cowardice and is an affront to human dignity. At the time of
this statement, 129 people had been confirmed killed
and more than 200 wounded.
World Methodist Council General Secretary Bishop Ivan
Abrahams extends the condolences of the WMC to the next
of kin of those killed and to the French nation. He also
calls on all people of goodwill to remember those
afflicted by this tragedy in their thoughts and prayers, including
investigators and officials in the ongoing investigation. May God
help us work toward and realize a day when violence no longer
Statement from the United Methodist Church in
Central and Southern Europe
Bishop Patrick Streiff, of the UMC of Central Southern and
Sourthern Europe, has said:
"Together with all people of good will, of whatever religious
belief, we are horrified by the depth of violence despising human
lives and finding pleasure in the death of others.
We are people who believe in Christ. Our life shall witness that
Christ is the "Prince of Peace". He has blessed those who make
peace. This shall model our answer to the terrible attacks in
In a time when Islam is on the forefront of the news through
violent extremists, we want to meet our Muslim neighbours with
respect and honour and to let them feel that for us the love of God
is offered to everyone.
In a time when refugees arrive in high numbers in our European
countries, we want to support politicians and the civil society in
offering them a place to live among us, be it for a limited or a
long term, and without consideration of their religious
In a time when terrorist attacks reach Europe, we want to
support those who help alleviate the refugee disaster in the Middle
East, particularly in the countries around Syria, and also in many
regions of Africa, whether through State development aid or
As people who follow Christ, we promote an open, democratic and
plural society. We do not condone the tendencies of nationalist
radicalization in the States of Europe. As United Methodists we
understand ourselves as part of the worldwide Body of Christ. In
the face of violence, we are called to be peacemakers."