November 1, 2017
I greet all of you in the Name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our anguished hearts go out to those who lost their lives, who were injured, and, indeed, all of us who were terrorized by yesterday’s attack in Manhattan. This brazen act in a place of recreation and leisure attempts to rob us of the quality of life we otherwise enjoy in New York.
We pray in earnest for the city we love, and for the people from all nations and races who call this place home. Our faith in God compels us to proclaim that those who kill, injure, and terrorize cannot win the day, and must not have the last word.
Later today, on this Feast of All Saints, Christian leaders from a wide array of churches along with a congregation of over one thousand people representing the many cultures of the greater New York City area, will gather in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, a house of prayer for all peoples, to worship, and to be united as God’s people in prophetic and bold protest of the ills that would divide people one from another.
This long-planned commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation takes on even more poignant meaning after yesterday’s attack as together we commit ourselves to unity among churches and within the beautiful human family.
God grant us peace.
The Rev. Dr. Robert Alan Rimbo
Bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod