St Alban's Church

Churchill Parken 6, Langelinie, DK 1263, Copenhagen, Denmark | Map

 


Today is: Tuesday 16th, 2019

The EU Referendum in the UK - A Message from the Chaplain

Posted on Friday 24th June, 2016

My dear friends,

Many of you, I know, will have woken-up this morning to the news that the United Kingdom has decided, by referendum, to leave the European Union. It is news which will be greeted by some and cause grave concern to others.

Here at St Alban’s – where we have 25 different nationalities on our Electoral Roll, including many from the UK – we know something of what it means to live with a diversity of views, opinions and convictions.

In that light, can I commend to you please, the message which has been released by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York? You can find the full text here: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5743/eu-referendum-statement-by-archbishops-of-canterbury-and-york

In their statement the Archbishops emphasise the importance, at this time, of uniting “in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world.” Archbishops Welby and Sentamu also acknowledge that “the referendum campaign has been vigorous and at times has caused hurt to those on one side or the other” and so we must strive to “act with humility and courage.” Finally, they ask us to pray for political leaders, both in the UK and across Europe as we seek to serve the common good throughout the world.

To that end, the Church of England has also published some Prayers for reconciliation after the EU Referendum. I offer one here, in slightly amended form:

Eternal God, Light of the nations, 

in Christ you make all things new: 

guide all nations in the coming days through the inspiration of your Spirit, 

that understanding may put an end to discord and all bitterness. 
  
Give us grace to rebuild bonds of trust 
that together we may work  
for the dignity and flourishing of all; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Our beautiful Church building is open today and tomorrow (10.00-16.00) for those who wish to have somewhere to light a candle or say a prayer. We will also, as usual, celebrate the Eucharist together on Sunday morning at 10.30 (18.00 in Aarhus). At those Holy Communion services we will, as we do every week, offer one another a sign of peace. May that peace of Christ be always with us.

Darren.



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