London Mosque Bomb Attack condemned by Methodist President

The Newly elected President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Laurence Graham has joined with the Leaders of the Methodist Church in London in condemning the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque.  He asks that Methodists in Ireland join with them in praying for all who are affected by this attack and that violence would not breed violence.

'Today we have woken up again to the heart-breaking news of another attack on the streets of London. The attack took place in the heart of a multi-cultural area of North London, which has a lively community in and around the Finsbury Park Mosque. This attack took place as members of the Mosque were saying prayers for their community, family and others in this Holy Month Ramadan. As a District, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have died those who are injured and those who mourn.. We pray that these events will not lead to the spread of fear in our city but that, once again, Londoners will stand united against those who would have us turn on each other in hate.

Almighty, all-merciful God, through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another, to love our neighbours as ourselves, and even to love our enemies.
In times of violence and fear, let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, so that we may not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. Help us to see each person in light of the love and grace you have shown us in Christ.
Send your spirit and renew the face of the earth; teach us to be compassionate towards the whole human family; strengthen the will of all those who fight for justice and for peace,

Put away the nightmares of terror and awaken us to the dawning of your new creation. Establish among us a future where peace reigns, justice is done with mercy, and all are reconciled with each other.'