A prayer for Sri Lanka

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A prayer for the people of Sri Lanka, written by Steve Pearce, Partnership Co-ordinator for Asia and the Pacific, World Church Relationships of the Methodist Church.

Creator God, who loves peace and concord,
We bring before you the people of Sri Lanka.
Just as your Son suffered betrayal and agony on Good Friday,
They have faced brutality and violence on Easter Day.
May the church and hotel communities who have faced attack, find reassurance and healing;
May the bereaved friends and families, find consolation after tears,
May those who believe terrorism changes things, discover the power of love and hope.
Loving God, who hates nothing you have made,
We bring before you the divisions we have created,
Ethnic, religious, national, class and many more.
May we be hopeful rather than harsh,
May we avoid the barbed word in favour of affirming phrases,
May we offer a smiling eye rather than an uncaring glance.
Compassionate God, who brings healing and peace for all,
Look now on the bereaved, the injured and the fearful in Sri Lanka.
We pray in the name of Jesus, friend and companion.
Amen.

Interfaith prayer vigil for Sri Lanka

All are invited to pray in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. An interfaith prayer vigil will take place at West London Mission, Hinde Street on 27 April at 2.00pm. Prior to the service, there will be a peace walk from Westminster to the West London Mission and then on to the Sri Lanka High Commission. The peace walkers will gather from 10.00am and move off at noon.

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