Prayers for peace

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The Uniting Church has joined the calls for peace and solidarity in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.

Many Uniting Church and other community groups (pictured below) from around the globe are holding vigils of remembrance in response to the horrific attacks.

Iconic international buildings and monuments have also displayed the colours of the French flag in a gesture of remembrance of victims and sign of unity with those affected by the attacks.

Rev Dr Ji Zhang, UnitingWorld’s church partnerships manager, has also written a prayer of remembrance lamenting the tragic loss of life.

His prayer highlights those who perished in the attacks in Paris and Beirut.

“More than numbers, more than reports, more valuable than sparrows;

“Each was a person of sacred worth created in the image of God.”

Uniting Church president Stuart McMillan also offered prayers in response to the recent attacks.

“We pray for people all around the world who are suffering pain and loss in the face of senseless violence,” he said.

“We pray that God will bring healing to the people of France and Lebanon, and strengthen our resolve to act out our faith and strive for peace on Earth.

“Let us not blame the victims of terror, those seeking asylum and refugees are not terrorists. God give us the compassion and love for all people. As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere let us pray that peace and goodwill will prevail in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”

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