15 September 2017
The Chairs of the London District, the Revds Michaela Youngson, Nigel Cowgill and Jongi Zihle, offer their thoughts and prayers following today's explosion at Parsons Green, London:
As Londoners travelled to work this morning, we again became the target of those who would cause us harm. We have seen once more the courage and care of emergency services and of Transport for London staff. Parsons Green is a station on the District Line along which many thousands of commuters travel every day, not a particularly well known station and yet now it joins the litany of places notorious because of events that have taken place there. Please pray for those who have been injured and traumatised by the incident this morning and pray for peace in our world.
You are with us in the ordinary moments of life, on those days we take for granted
and you are with us in the extra-ordinary moments, when life becomes more precious.
We pray for your presence in the lives of those who have been injured and traumatised in the attack on the tube train at Parson's Green.
We give thanks for all the emergency services and the staff of Transport for London, for their courage and their service to others.
We pray for peace in our homes, on our streets and in our world.
In the name of the Prince of Peace.
Michaela Youngson, Nigel Cowgill, Jongi Zihle
London District Chairs
The Revd Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, also shared her thoughts and prayers:
It is with deep regret that once more we see on our news people injured as result of what the police are describing as a terrorist incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured, their families and all those effected by this morning's events.
Events like these cause major disruption to people going about their daily lives and we also pray for them.
These incidents, frightening for many, enable us to give thanks for our emergency services who this year have been tested beyond measure with a variety of different situations. We hold them before God in prayer, giving thanks especially for their commitment and fortitude in these troubled times.
Loraine N Mellor
President of the Methodist Conference