The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, the Right Reverend Gary Paterson, expressed deep sorrow upon hearing the news yesterday of the attack on worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem:
“I grieved to learn of yesterday’s attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. It is horrifying to hear of any such violence, and particularly at a place of worship. I condemn this violence unequivocally, and join with others in condemning all violence between the peoples and communities of this region that has seen so much bloodshed in the name of religion.”
The tensions and tragedies of this city, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, remind us of the need for all parties to continue to work intensively for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, and of the vital place that Jerusalem itself plays in that longed-for peace. Please join us in this prayer
Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem
In this violent time, we turn to you, God, our help and our strength, seeking guidance on how to faithfully respond and witness to the escalating tension in Jerusalem.
We cry with the community of worshippers at Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue, and pray that you will provide those grieving with the comfort and healing that words cannot.
We long for sacred spaces, and pray that all who seek to worship can do so safely and without fear.
We respond to the concerns of our brothers and sisters, and pray that this violence will not incite more violence.
We denounce all acts of violence, and pray for an end to all that acts as a barrier to a peace and justice for all.
We seek contrition, and pray for forgiveness for all the ways that we have used your Word to justify pain, displacement, condemnation, or oppression.
May we remember that your Word was sent not to condemn but to give life abundantly.
In all things, God, and at all times, let us turn to you, the source of our hope, and our keeper,
from this time on and forevermore. Amen.