Moderator prays for healing after London Bridge attack

The Moderator Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning issued this statement and is praying for healing in the wake of the attack on London Bridge. He has also sent messages of condolence to the ministers of Crown Court and St Columba's churches.

London Bridge

Once more fear stalks our streets, and innocent people are hurt and harmed.

We pray for all caught up in the situation in London.

In the anguish and the anxiety, steadiness and an unwillingness to be intimidated by any form of violence is the only response.

It is hard, in the face of these senseless actions, to respond with anything other than anger.

But anger diminishes our humanity.

We reach out to friend and stranger, and in Christ's Name we call for peace, and model peace, and offer peace.

"How do we begin to understand those who carry out such actions against innocent people on a warm Saturday evening? What is the question they are asking if actions like these appear, to them, the best answer?

‘Those’, ‘they’, ‘them’.

"It is hard to get close to people who act in the way of violence.

"Jesus says, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

"When our prayers seem to go unanswered; when we are left with questions and doubts and fears; when our own impulse to good and kindness and tolerance is in danger of closing down, we need the gentleness and resilience of God’s love and presence more, and not less.

"Today is Pentecost, the day of the Holy Spirit.

May the Spirit’s cleansing, comforting, healing power touch our hearts, touch London, touch our nation, and transform our world."