As happened in many churches across Northern Ireland, this morning our minister, Brian, led us in prayers for peace for our land.
Our church leaders this week suggested that, as a practical sign of our revulsion towards violence and our determination as one community to speak with one voice on this issue, people wear a purple ribbon or other item of purple clothing.
Purple is associated with Lenten reflection and is offered as a strong outward symbol of people’s commitment to working together for good.
You can see the full text of the statement from the main churches HERE.
In church this morning we were all given pieces of purple paper, on which we could write a prayer for peace. Then we all, kids included, came to the front of the church and attached our prayers to a simple wooden cross which was draped with purple. It was a simple but powerful act, bringing our prayers as a body of believers, united in our desire for peace.
I only had my small camera with me, but I photographed the cross after the service.
Please pray for Northern Ireland, particularly for those who mourn, and for wisdom for our political leaders.