The Church of Scotland has come together in response to the terrible events in Paris to pray for the victims and show support for all those affected by the atrocity.
Special commemorations will be held at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and the Scots Kirk in Paris on Sunday, as well as many other congregations here and abroad. The Moderator of the General Assembly has spoken of his horror at the atrocities which have left hundreds of people dead and seriously injured. Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison says the thoughts and prayers of the Church are with the people of France.
“News of the latest terrorist attacks in France have shocked and appalled us all. It is impossible to comprehend the mindset that leads people to perpetrate such indiscriminate barbarity against their fellow human beings. There can be no possible justification for such wicked acts which sadly reveal humanity at its very worst.
“My heart – and I speak for us all in the Church of Scotland – goes out in deepest sympathy to all who have lost family members and friends and to those who have been injured in this atrocity. We hold them in our thoughts and prayers as we continue with renewed determination to work and pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom of justice and peace in all the world.
“Such assaults are an attack on us all and on the values we cherish. In our divided world the task of peacemaking has never been more important.”
The Moderator is currently attending anniversary celebrations at St Andrew’s church in Brussels. He has contributed a specially written prayer which can be used by congregations seeking to reflect on the tragedy during church services and acts of remembrance.
Source: Church of Scotland.