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Message from the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council

Posted on: May 27, 2004 11:08 AM
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The people of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan are in the thoughts and prayers of Anglicans around the world as, once again, they face the reality of fear and persecution after the action of the Sudanese government on 20 May at the Church's headquarters in Khartoum.

Archbishops, bishops, clergy and faithful Anglicans are expressing their concern and solidarity with the Sudanese people following the latest of these incidents. The 26 May protest in Washington led by Bishop Frank Gray was accompanied in spirit by thousands who wished to show their concern. To the people of the Sudan, you are not alone, you are not forgotten.

As the Anglican Cycle of Prayer reminds us of our need for communication I ask churches everywhere, on the great Feast of Pentecost, to remember the Church in the Sudan in public services on 30 May.

The Revd Canon John L. Peterson
Secretary General, Anglican Communion

God of peace, preserve us in peace.
Bring peoples and nations into your fold,
that walking in the ways of justice and peace,
they may learn to honour the gifts of your creation.
God of compassion,
be with those whose lives are broken
by conflict and oppression.
Hold in your care and protection at this hour
the peoples of the SUDAN:
strengthen them in their tribulation
and embrace them with your saving love.
Empower us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may tell their story with boldness
and witness to your reconciling love;
that lives may be transformed
and all peoples live justly and walk humbly
before you, our God.

AMEN