On the Last Thursday of every month, the students are invited to the Chapel for ‘Lightfever’. This is always popular: the students come to light a candle, say a personal prayer and spend some quiet time to reflect.
Yesterday the students asked if they could light the candles for the people of Manchester, those who had died, for those were effected and the kindness of the people who helped.
The whole community observed a 1-minute silence at 11 o’clock and prayers will continue to be said.
God of compassion and mercy,
amidst the pain and trauma we turn to you,
for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of the people.
In fear and anxiety, strengthen us.
In despair and pain, comfort us.
In incomprehension and anger, reassure us that your love and life are stronger than the hatred and violence which overshadows Manchester and our country
Console those who carry a burden of loss, injury, or trauma and empower all who support them.
Strengthen all who seek to stand together in peace and unity.
We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Taken from Tim Annan, Youth President of the Methodist Church