In his letter to those who minister in the Church’s 539 congregations across Ireland, Dr. Sellar wrote, “Please continue to lift up in prayer our governments in Dublin and London and those who lead them. At this particular time please especially pray for hope for Northern Ireland’s political leaders and their continued engagement in the goal of restoring the Assembly and its institutions.”
With little evidence of movement towards agreement and a limited extension to the deadline that has been announced, Dr. Sellar continued, “…it is important to give thanks for all who have worked so hard over the last two decades for peace, remembering what has been achieved and praying that this present opportunity is not lost amongst the politics.
“We also need to be mindful of the most vulnerable in society and particularly the victims and survivors of our past who will be most affected should another deadline pass without agreement - a situation that will also see the loss of an accountable local administration and the resultant inability to deal with so many of the vital day-to-day issues facing society.”
Dr. Sellar also encouraged ministers in their own prayers and in meetings and services in the run up to Easter, to pray for Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith in Christ, “who will proclaim ‘He is Risen!’ at their own collective peril and personal cost.”
The situation the Middle East, with Sunday’s bomb attacks on the Coptic Christians in Egypt and developments last week in the conflict in Syria, including the chemical attack, also formed part of the focus of his letter, as did the ongoing famine, drought and political instability in East Africa and all efforts to bring relief to the suffering of the region’s people.
You can read a full copy of the Moderator’s letter here. You can also read a copy of Dr. Sellar’s Easter message here.