On Sunday evening, September 7th, churches and leaders gathered for the latest service for peace held in partnership with our friends from youth mentoring organisation XLP and hosted by All Saints Peckham. The aim was to gather from across Southwark those whose hearts had been touched by the plight of millions across the world caught up in unimaginable violence and war, and to pray for them. In particular, the service focused on the situations in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria. We also prayed for the need for peace in Gaza as well as on our own streets. Speakers helping us to pray in a more informed way included the director of the Awareness Foundation, the Reverend Nadim Nassar, who is the only ordained Syrian in the Church of England. We also heard from the Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties and M.P. for Bermondsey, Simon Hughes, with insights for the church in such a time as this. XLP CEO, Patrick Regan rounded off with a short encouragement to keep going. We thank God for the tangible sense of God’s presence throughout; in the worship led by Ed Damon and a band, in the testimony of the spoken word, and in the time of prayer.
Rev John Mortimer