Response from Archbishop Geoff Smith to attacks in Sri Lanka

Once again, a religious minority within a community has been targeted apparently by people trying to make a point. Apart from the awful loss of life and the terrible injury toll which will impact hundreds of families for many, many years to come, what is especially ghastly is the complete disregard for human life seen in both the Christchurch and Sri Lanka attacks. That the attackers thought it was somehow ok for so many innocent people to be killed in the name of some kind of campaign is both terrible and frightening.

Please pray:

  • for the Christians in Sri Lanka directly involved in the bombings, particularly family members and friends of those killed and injured

  • for church leaders in Sri Lanka as they struggle to lead the people in their care

  • for the government of Sri Lanka as it tries to maintain peace and harmony

  • for the Sri Lankan community in Australia and especially those members of the Anglican church

  • for members of religious minorities that they might be kept safe.

Situations like this make that line in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ seem even more important. We do celebrate the fact that Christ is risen and that in the resurrection the power of evil and death has been broken, and at the same we pray and work so that the effect of the resurrection might be known and seen more clearly in ourselves, our community and our world.

Yours in Christ,