We pray your peace for our brothers and sisters killed, injured and grieving from that murderous act in the city of your name.

We pray for those of our society who now feel unsafe, violated, insecure, in fear of the future as well as rage and hatred – that your love, hope and salvation may be revealed to them and experienced by them.

Thank you for your assurance in times of trouble and uncertainty.

Strengthen the support agencies who are assisting the suffering. Bless your leaders and church in South New Zealand as they respond to this crisis.

We look forward to the new heavens and the new earth you have promised.

We believe the harvest is ready and your return is near.
Forgive us, encourage us, and fill us with the Spirit of Jesus.

Send us as your hands and feet, your messengers of hope so that communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand become healthier, become saved through your presence and proclamation.

In Jesus’ name
Amen.

“You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come.” 2 Timothy 3:1.  It is a natural reaction by most to feel the distress of the horrific attacks in Christchurch.  Out of the intense grief suffered by the families and friends of the victims, the collective unity of sympathy and support throughout New Zealand since last Friday is a positive and encouraging spectacle.

The reaction of many Islamic leaders is gratitude for the love shown. The expressions of forgiveness from some of the victims families is a blessed contrast to the hate-filled and callous actions of the killer. As you and I respond in heart and action, it is also a blessing to realise God’s goodness to us through the promise of his presence. Especially, may the hope and mission of Jesus in our midst continue to empower our witness to both our secular society and to those of different religious faiths.

“Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

– Pr Ben Timothy – Lead Pastor, NNZC