|St Nicholas, Ankara|
There was shocking news today from Ankara. A barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators has resulted in at least 86 deaths. Turkey is to hold national elections on 1 November, and the attack seems to be aimed at sowing a sense of insecurity and fear among the population as they approach the ballot boxes.
I spoke this morning to the locum priest currently serving in St Nicholas Church in Ankara, who was able to confirm that as far as he is aware, there have been no members of the parish affected directly. But everyone is vigilant. I was able to assure him of the prayers of the people of our diocese at this troubled time in the Turkish capital.
Loving God, welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and friends and all who mourn for them. Help those who are fearful and uncertain, and bless them with the knowledge of your steadfast love. Strengthen all who work for peace, justice and reconciliaiton among peoples in Turkey. And may the peace the world cannot give reign in all our hearts.