After the results of the EU referendum, Justin Welby and John Sentamu released a statement, part of which said: ‘The vote to withdraw from the European Union means that now we must all re-imagine both what it means to be the United Kingdom in an interdependent world and what values and virtues should shape and guide our relationships with others.
As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers.’
Prayer: Heavenly Father, would you help us, with all of our different skills, ideas and experiences to meaningfully contribute to the task of re-imagining our nation. Would your church seek innovation and demonstrate ways to build bridges locally, nationally and internationally. May unity, hope and generosity mark our nation as we move forward. Would we remain gracious, hospitable and kind. Would those who have influence be imaginative, creative and faithful. Would you help us, as your church, to be compassionate, contributing citizens. Amen.
For reflection: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13
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