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A Service of Hope for the community

4 months, 3 weeks ago

 

A service of hope for the community following the terror attack at London Bridge was held in Southwark Cathedral on Friday 23 June.  This service, organised for those who had been affected locally, followed the National Service of Hope for first responders and survivors and the families of those who died which took place last week on Friday 16 June.

The Sub Dean and Pastor, The Revd Canon Michael Rawson, welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and spoke of the words of the Archbishop at the service last week in which he had said that the terrible violence experienced had made the community more united.

The Bishop of Woolwich, The Rt Revd Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu led the service and read a message from the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.  He also led an Act of Remembrance and Commitment with leaders of other faiths.  The Cathedral School choir sang, ‘Make me a channel of your peace' and the Borough Market Choir sang ‘Lean on me’.  The Revd Canon Steve Chalke, Founder of the charity Oasis and Ecumenical Canon of Southwark Cathedral, preached.  In his sermon he said that this was a service of hope but for some people the recollection of the events was a hard moment as people had died and lives had been changed.  He went on to say that this was a moment to pause and reflect and consider how we would live in the light of all that has happened. 

Canon Michael Rawson said, ‘We are pleased to have been able to offer this service of hope to the local community as it seeks to recover and rebuild following the events of the evening of 3 June.  We hope that the candles which have been lit here today can be a sign of hope for the future, reminding us all that light will overcome darkness.’

Images from the service can be found on Flickr at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskXR1jC4