Statement on the Israel-Hamas War – The Presbytery of Oak Ridges of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Statement on the Israel-Hamas War

The Presbytery of Oak Ridges of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Meeting on October 17, 2023, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Nobleton, Ontario

 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

 

As followers of Jesus in the Reformed tradition, and as a judicatory body of The Presbyterian Church in Canada charged with the oversight of twenty-one congregations within York Region and south Simcoe County:

The Presbytery of Oak Ridges condemns the horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, and we lament the deaths and injuries of Israelis and Gazans which have resulted.

We pray for all who mourn, the injured, those being held hostage, those fleeing their homes, those from whom the necessities of life are being withheld, and all who fear for their safety.

We pray for the cessation of all violent civilian and military activities that are bringing harm and death to Israelis and Palestinians.

We believe that the State of Israel has the right to exist, and that all Israelis and all Palestinians have the right to live in peace, with justice, dignity, and freedom.

We pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters in York Region and south Simcoe County, and we assure you of our prayers and support. We stand with you against all forms of anti-Semitism, anti-Judaism, and anti-Israelism.

We pray for our Muslim friends in York Region and south Simcoe County, and we assure you of our prayers and support. We stand with you against all forms of discrimination and Islamophobia.

We pray for our fellow Christians in Palestine and Israel, and we assure you of our prayers and support. We stand with you in bearing witness to Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace.

We pray that all leaders who have influence in Gaza, Palestine, and Israel will be inspired by peace and compassion, truth, and reconciliation.

We call upon all the children of Abraham – and all people of faith and goodwill in York Region and south Simcoe County to pray and work together for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my family and friends, I will say: ‘Peace be within you.’ Psalm 122: 6-8

Statement Israel – Hamas War 17 10 2023