The Liturgy - BCP
The Liturgy - BAS
of the Week
Call to Prayer
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
write to you out of a need to address the grief and the hope that
have been in our community's reality over the past week and a
half. Through this time we have heard of the despair of a
teenage girl who could no longer recognize hope in her life and so
chose to end it. We have also been reminded of the proximity of evil
as it was made manifest on Monday during the Boston Marathon.
seems that at times we are bombarded by issues and images, which
would invite us to wonder why and to simply declare that the
darkness will win. However, alongside the pictures of a
desperate young Rehteah and the chaos of the bombed marathon, we see
WebPages filled with prayers for Rehteah's family, pictures of
people running into the danger zone in Boston to help others who
were injured and in shock. We see not despair and quitting but
hope, love and perseverance.
a Christian community we are to be as beacons of light, hope and
love to the world around us. We are expected by God to lead by
example in prayer, in encouragement and through actions.
it would be easy to simply curse the young men who allegedly
assaulted Rehteah, the people who bullied and harassed her, and the
individuals who chose to terrorize a peaceful gathering and, indeed,
a nation, we cannot succumb to these baser instincts. We are called
upon to love and pray for our enemies.
easier step for each of us is, of course, to reach out to the
Parsons' Family and to the people of Boston and from around the
world who have been impacted by the bombing through prayer. We must
pray for them: for peace, hope and healing. I include here two
prayers which you may use if you wish.
God, comfort and strength to those who suffer, hear our prayers for
Boston: for those who are injured; for those who providing care; for
witnesses of this tragedy. Grant all those in distress your perfect
peace. (The Anglican Church of Canada)
Father, please grant your peace and your comfort to all those
affected by this tragedy in Boston. Work through your children that
they may bring gentleness and peace to one another. May your
clarity and wisdom be present in all who are working in the midst of
chaos. Bless and keep all of your children and welcome those who
have entered your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
(St. James' Anglican Church, Armdale)
there does not seem to be anything that we can currently do, beyond
prayer, for those involved in this tragedy in Boston, there is
something we can do for Rehteah Parsons, her family and all young
Sunday I asked each of you to familiarize yourselves with the Kids'
Help Phone Number -1-800-668-6868. Here is their web address: www.KidsHelpPhone.ca.
I also asked that each of you write down the names of young people
within your sphere of influence that you might pray for them and be
alert for opportunities you may have to listen to them and offer
your support. I exhort you to take on praying for these young people
as part of your daily spiritual discipline. We should never
underestimate the power of God's love working through our prayers.
Nor should we ever assume that any other person is "just
fine" without prayer and God's active influence in their life.
Allow yourself to become a conduit through which God can work.
a congregation, and as a Church, we cannot afford to sit back and
assume that someone else is doing something about "the
problem." I invite you to take time in individual prayer and
group conversation to discern how we -the people of St. James may
step forward and become a part of the solution. We are called to
love one another, and with love comes responsibility for those whom
you hear and discern God's voice sharing with you ways in which we
can work together in exercising our responsibility for young people
and our greater community, please speak to me, and with others, that
we might faithfully answer God's call upon us to be caregivers of
the next generation.
God bless us all, and may God help us to become a blessing to all
young people everywhere.
- St. James Anglican Church, Armdale