Lifting our hearts in prayer for synagogue victims


In the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, Bishop Lawson Bryan joins with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as she calls on all United Methodists to be in silent, reflective prayer for 17 minutes for the next seven days for the Pittsburgh Jewish communities. (Read her message here.)

A Word from Bishop Bryan

As thousands of South Georgia Methodists attend worship today, we lift our hearts to God in grief over the attack on Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday.  Such places of worship are beacons of hope in every community. They are our spiritual homes, and they witness to God’s ongoing presence in the world. Jews greet all who come to synagogue by saying, “Shalom” -- peace.  In this vicious attack, we see what can happen when a person has a heart of war rather than a heart of peace.

To our Jewish friends, we express our deep sorrow and renew our commitment to stand with those who represent Jesus’ family and the rock from which Christianity emerged. I encourage us all to be intentional in affirming the Judeo-Christian Faith and witnessing to that faith by our words and our actions. Anti-semitism is an evil that has a long history in the world. That is why it is part of our witness to Jesus Christ to speak out against such deadly extremism.  

May God use us to spread the Gospel of salvation, peace, and hope.  

Alive Together in the World,

R. Lawson Bryan

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