MCM is inviting all congregations to join in a nationwide call to prayer for comfort and strength for our Jewish faith communities, particularly those here in Canada and the USA. In the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre of Jewish worshippers this week, all congregations in MC Canada are being asked to pray this Sunday for Jewish faith communities that have been impacted by this act of violence. This horrific act of anti-Semitism is one that we as a denomination strongly condemn. While anti-Semitism has been a an ugly part of the history of the Christian Church, we believe that our Christian faith and the words of Jesus compel us to love all persons regardless of race or creed and to denounce all forms of violence against each other.
Please join our sisters and brothers across the country in lamenting all forms of violence against those who are different from us. Pray that those who grieve may be enfolded in God’s comforting embrace and that God’s healing power might restore shalom in communities whose peace has been shattered by violence. May our prayers stand in solidarity with all who call on God in this time of sorrow and grief.
Mennonite Church Manitoba