In response to the events in Brussels this morning, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, and the Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester issued a joint statement:
As we continue our journey through Holy Week we have received the horrific news of the bombings in Brussels. We hold that City in our prayers as we remember before God all those who have lost their lives, those who are injured and all those affected by this tragedy in so many different ways.
Every day across our world lives are being devastated by the abuse and attack of others, and in this week when we recall Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and the brokenness of our world, we keep our eyes on the hope of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. This week, more than any other we need to lift our voices and affirm in our lives that the darkness will never have the last word. Hope and life are stronger than death. Love is stronger than fear.
As we think about our place as a nation in Europe our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Brussels. Our prayer is for peace and strength in the face of terror.
Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord Have Mercy