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We Pray for Peace Today – Especially Remembering Syria, Egypt, and Archbishop Kattey and Nigeria

September 7, 2013

Last Sunday, I spoke about some of the violence that Christians are experiencing in places like Egypt and Syria. Another place is Nigeria, which has the second largest number of Anglicans in the world, next to England (18 million). A number of the members of our Parish family are from Nigeria, including Femi Sowale, whose father and mother we had the joy having with us last Sunday from the Diocese of Ilesa, where his father is Bishop. With these connections, our hearts are especially heavy at the kidnapping at gunpoint yesterday of Ignatius Kattey, the Archbishop of Niger Delta North. At present, the Archbishop’s whereabouts are unknown. No group has claimed responsibility, and no ransom demand has been made. For more information about Archbishop Ignatius’ abduction, you can click here.

Today, Pope Francis is asking all the world to join in earnest prayer for peace, especially for Syria. We are doing this, and adding special prayer for the people of Egypt and for Archbishop Ignatius and all the people of Nigeria.

Embedded below is a video of the hymn “Let There be Light,” which we’ll be singing at tomorrow’s 8:30 Service. Its words express the yearning to God for peace all of our hearts are offering up today:

Let there be light,
let there be understanding,
let all the nations gather,
let them be face to face;

open our lips,
open our minds to ponder,
open the door of concord
opening into grace;

perish the sword,
perish the angry judgement,
perish the bombs and hunger,
perish the fight for gain;

hallow our love,
hallow the deaths of martyrs,
hallow their holy freedom,
hallowed be thy name; 

thy kingdom come,
thy spirit turn to language,
thy people speak together,
thy spirit never fade;

let there be light,
open our hearts to wonder,
perish the way of terror,
hallow the world God made.

(Frances Wheeler Davis, born 1936)



We give thanks to the Lord for Archbishop Ignatius’ safe return to his family! You can click here  to read about the details.

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  1. Thank you for your comment. We’re united in this passionate concern for peace.

  2. This is Iraq 2.0

    We should absolutely NOT go to war with Syria.

    PS- Anyone who says cruise missle strikes are not war should ask if Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor was not war.

    President Obama is selling us the EXACT SAME policy of President Bush, namely that we be the Judge, Jury, and Executioner in the case for assad. We are good at executioner, but not good at judge and jury. just look at Iraq. And anyway, at this stage we need a policeman to separate the two sides in the civil war. THEN someone can be the judge and jury. Not before.

    If you look at Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc, we’re not good at being policeman either. Obama, just like Bush, is trying to sell us promises that the US government is not equipped to deliver.

    We should know better.

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