A chance for the community to be heard
Speaking about yesterday's attack in Westminster, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James said:
"We hold in our prayers all those affected by yesterday's attack on Parliament – the dead and injured, their families and loved ones, and those who witnessed the carnage. It's important to remember it was a police officer and pedestrians who died – those doing their duty along with tourists, students and city workers.
Such attacks show a callous disregard for human worth and dignity, and should increase our resolution to preserve all that is best in our society. It's also a time to hear afresh the radical call of Jesus to love our neighbours as ourselves – a challenge when we can become suspicious of one another through fear."
The Church of England have also issued a prayer:
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.