Recent Attack on Muslim Family in London, Ontario
As the news unfolds, we face the reality of yet another instance of hateful racism in our country. Four members of a Canadian Muslim family were killed in a targeted attack in London, Ontario and the surviving child remains in hospital. We remember Yumna Afzall(15), Madiha Salman(44), Talat Afzall(74) and Salman Afzall(46). Our hearts go out to their extended family and to Muslim faith communities, especially in Canada.
Quoting the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, “These past two weeks have once again revealed the sinfulness which human beings and systems can and do perpetuate through racism and hatred. As we grieve with the Muslim family in London in their losses; and, as we grieve with Indigenous families reliving intergenerational trauma and losses — let us commit our Church as a whole and in our local communities to the work of dismantling colonialism, racism and hatred wherever it is revealed. God grant us eyes to see the truth and courage to act.” Please see the entire article on anglican.ca
(June 8, 2021)
Creator God of the universe, source of hope and wholeness, have mercy on the people of India as they combat the pandemic. We pray for a swift end to this catastrophic situation and for courage for those on the front lines. We pray for healing for all who are suffering and for their families and friends in distress. We remember those who have died and those who mourn. May the Spirit bring peace and comfort in the midst of grief, fear and despair.
We pray for wisdom for all governing authorities, especially for President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government and all in positions of political and social leadership. And we pray that we, of the nations of world, will respond with compassion and help for our brothers and sisters in need. We offer these fervent prayers in the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord. Amen.
Thanks to all of our Readers for their participation in worship. A summer schedule for Readers will be available later this month. Our appreciation is extended to Derek and Emmaus and Emily and the choir for their music ministry and to Derek for his production of our services. Thanks also to Ian for managing our website and YouTube platforms.
Covid 19 Update: The church remains closed for in-person worship, business and visits. Ministry of all kinds continues! As we try to beat this third wave of the pandemic, please observe all safety protocols(strict social distancing, masks, sanitizing, hand washing), even if you are with people who have either recovered from Covid or have been vaccinated. If you are eligible to receive a vaccination please endeavour to get an appointment.
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Covid-19 Plan