Oakland church

Prayers and Love for Belgium & World

News is spreading of another ISIS terrorist attack, this time in Brussels.  

And, it’s Holy week – the time in which we remember all that Jesus did to bring love, justice, peace and compassion for all people; calling us to love, even our enemies.

Violence and hope, juxtaposed like Good Friday and Easter Sunday, in this sacred time, in the midst of Holy Week.

 As Pope Francis suggested, “in the face of such madness, let us adopt the courageous attitude of Mary, who remained at the foot of the cross in silence.”

Let us pray for all those who died and who were injured and for for the pain of their loved ones. Let us pray for all those providing assistance, and let us pray for the leaders of the world’s countries and religions, that we may all learn to forgive one another, transform our swords into plowshares, and live together as one beloved community.  Our sanctuary will be open from 12 – 1 on Good Friday, March 25th, for a time of prayer and remembrance.  

May we, in the words of St Francis, be ever more instruments of God’s peace. Join us in our prayers, and in hope, in the promise of new life, even in the face of violence and death, which Easter brings.   

Here’s a message from UCC’s General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer.

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