In the wake of the terrorist attacks that have befallen our brothers and sisters in both Kenya and Pakistan over the last few days, I call upon our members to pray for the victims and their families as they walk through this dark valley of death’s shadow. Let us also pray that all people everywhere might be delivered from the scourge of terrorism, and that our God would turn the hearts of those who are tempted to use such violence to achieve their purposes.
Over the last decade, the connections between our global fellowship of churches have grown all the stronger so that when tragic events such as these take place, our thoughts move beyond the headlines, and to the faces and names of our beloved friends. In the past, we have had many occasions for joy. Today is a day to grieve, pray, and suffer with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is in moments like these that our unity is most important.
In the Anglican Church in North America some of us have known first hand what it is like to live through terrorist attacks. Today, for our Kenyan and Pakistani friends, going into the marketplace or attending worship become acts of courage. Pray that they will know the presence of the Good Shepherd by their side, and be comforted by the assurance of His rod and His staff.
Archbishop Robert Duncan
Anglican Church in North America
Psalter: Psalm 77, 79
Lessons for Monday in 19 Pentecost: 2 Kings 5:1-19, 1 Corinthians 4:8-21, Matthew 5:21-26
Collect of the Day
Grant us, Lord, not to anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things which are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.