A lone gunman shot and killed members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh as they prepared for Sabbath worship on October 27, 2018. What is our response as Reformed Christians? It is prayer and prayerful response to oppose hatred and violence in any form.

As you prepare for worship this week and offer prayers for the Tree of Life synagogue grieving the murders of its members, consider how you can encourage people to work against hate and violence in our own communities.

We worship God who creates all life, who gives life as a blessing, and who knows no partiality between one life or another.

God calls us to participate, as a matter of faith, in Christ’s reconciling work amongst peoples. As a Reformed church in Canada, and individually as disciples of Christ, we are compelled to participate in this work.

We work to expose and eliminate violence and hatred in all their forms with people of other faiths and spiritualities, recognizing the image of God in each person.

“We believe in God, Creator and Sustainer of all life, who calls us as partners in the creation and redemption of the world. We live under the promise that Jesus Christ came so that all might have life in fullness (Jn 10.10). Guided and upheld by the Holy Spirit we open ourselves to the reality of our world” (Accra Confession, article 17).

—The Rev. Matthew Sams, convenor of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee