19 June 2017
Statement and Prayer following the Finsbury Park Attack
From the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton, and Vice-President Rachel Lampard
"We are appalled by reports of a fatal attack on worshippers at the Finsbury Park Mosque. This is particularly offensive in that it happened during the holy month of Ramadan.
"We pray for all those who are affected.
"Yesterday thousands of people - Muslims, Christians and others - joined together for the Great Get Together and the Big Iftar. It is this vision of togetherness that we should hold onto in these difficult times."
Statement and prayer from the London District Chairs
Today we have woken up again to the heart-breaking news of another attack on the streets of London.
The Finsbury park attack took place in the heart of a multi-cultural area of North London, which has a dynamic community in and around the Finsbury Park Mosque. This attack took place as members of the Mosque were saying prayers for their community, family and others around them in this Holy Month Ramadan.
As a District, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have died those who are injured and those who mourn. 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.
Almighty, all merciful God,
Through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another, to love our neighbours as ourselves, and even to love our enemies.
In times of violence and fear, let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, so that we may not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.
Help us to see each person in light of the love and grace you have shown us in Christ.
Send your spirit and renew the face of the earth; teach us to be compassionate towards the whole human family; strengthen the will of all those who fight for justice and for peace.
Put away the nightmares of terror and awaken us to the dawning of your new creation.
Establish among us a future where peace reigns, justice is done with mercy, and all are reconciled with each other
The Revd Nigel Cowgill and the Revd Michaela Youngson, District Chairs, the Methodist London District
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