Stated Clerk calls for prayer in the wake of the escalated violence in Egypt
August 15, 2013
In light of the continued political unrest and escalated violence in Egypt, Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, today issued a call to prayer for all those affected by this situation; and shared the following prayer that their differences can be resolved peacefully and respectfully:
God of righteousness
you have taught us through your Son
to set our minds on your kingdom and justice
before everything else.
In the heritage that we share
and the sacred texts we read,
all "Peoples of the Book" know a moral law
and see that the role of governments
is to ensure order
and protection of all citizens.
Give the people of Egypt courage and energy at this time
to think for themselves clearly and fairly,
to seek for the truth
and to follow it wherever it leads.
Help them to believe
that whatever is right is always possible
and that what accords with the mind of Christ
is upheld by God.
Grant that in us, the Egyptian people and in others
Suspicion may give place to trust
And stridency to peace
That we all may live and work together
In unity and love;
through Jesus Christ the Lord.
Adapted from The Church of Scotland Book of Common Order