The Inside Column 31/03

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Bishop elect’s Pastoral Letter to the Nelson Diocese Family following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch

Dear all, Following my election as bishop elect, I was hoping to introduce myself to the Diocese. However in the light of the events in Christchurch last Friday, this is not the right time to do so. I will be in touch in a few weeks’ time.

Grace and Peace to you from God

The unprecedented attacks in Christchurch left us feeling absolutely devastated. I was in Christchurch when these the horrendous events occurred. We condemn such rhetoric of hate and violence and respond in love, compassion and kindness.  We have received messages of support from around the world. Our thanks to all who have found tangible ways to share God’s love and light in our various communities across our Diocese.

As a new week begins, we will be asking, “what should we do, how do we respond?” We want to suggest three things.

Firstly, as a people of prayer,I call you to pray. So across the churches of Nelson, Marlborough, Mawhera  and Waimea, can I encourage you to pray for the Muslim Community, for those injured  and those who have lost loved ones, for the police, first responders, ambulance and other emergency services, and for all in the city of Christchurch and across the country who are feeling distress and fear due to this event, including those involved in lockdown. When we are overwhelmed, we can cling to the solid Rock that is our God.

‘Even though I  walk through the darkest valley, I  will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me’.  - Psalm 23:4. 

Pray too for our broken world, and for those who seek their own way through violence and threat  that they may recognise the evil of their actions and may turn to the way of peace.

By the Cross, Christ became our true and lasting hope, so we pray…

O God, the author of peace and lover of

concord,

to know you is eternal life and to serve you is

perfect freedom:

Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies;

that we, surely trusting  in your defence,

may not fear the power of any adversaries;

through  the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

 

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