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- Our dear brothers in Christ

25.07.2011
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- Our dear brothers in Christ

























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Christian and Oystein, my dear brothers in Christ,
Following the tragic news out of Norway in these last 24 hours have brought to my heart and mind the two of you. Please know that all of you are in my prayers, and during this time in more intentional ways.

Once again we have been reminded of how fragile this world is, and that the pain and suffering of violence is far too close at hand. And, as always, there are so many innocent victims of all of this. We all pray and long for the day of God’s Shalom for the whole world. For now, just know that you and all of our sisters and brothers in Norway are held close in support and hope for healing. If, in the days and weeks ahead, there is any more that I can do from here in the USA, from the office of the bishops, or other places across our connection, please call me.

With love and support
Bishop Goodpaster
President of the Council of Bishops

 

Dear bishops
Words cannot express the deep sadness I share with you about the senseless killings in Oslo and Utoya yesterday. The explosions and shooting are a shocking tragedy particularly in such a peaceful country. On behalf of Global Ministries, please know that we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Norway at this time of national grief. We hold the victims, survivors, and their friends and families in prayer and offer special prayers for all of the young people who are affected.

May God’s peace, hope, and love flow through you as you provide pastoral care and leadership in this time of loss and sorrow.

Grace and peace,
Thomas G. Kemper
General Secretary
The General Board of Global Ministries



Dear our brothers and sisters in Christ in Norway,
Over the past 24 hours we watched video, photos and heard stories about what happened in Norway - a peaceful and seemed a safe country where people are never seen or experienced anything like this since the Second World War. This is a terrible and awful even to imagine how much pain and anguish suffered by the Norwegian people and the families who lost their children, neighbors and loved ones.

Lithuanian people follow and observe all the events in the country of Norway with a deep compassion.  In our hearts and thoughts we are with you all and we grieve with you. We pray for the Norwegian people and believe that God will wipe away every tear and give you strength and help to raise any difficulties.

The people of Lithuania and the Lithuanian United Methodist Church's behalf, we express our deepest condolences to the entire Norwegian people. We believe that the Norwegian people will survive this tragedy concentrated and united. All of Lithuania is in conjunction with Norway on this difficult moment for your country.

In Christ Love,
Andzelika Micutiene
Chair of the District Administrative Council
Of The Lithuania United Methodist Church

 

Dear Larry, dear colleagues in Northern Europe,
thank you, Larry, for your prayers and your sympathy for the people in Norway and all of us in Europe. Even here in Germany people are shocked. So many young people are victims of the violant act. What a tragedy for you, living in such a peaceful country.
All of us in Germany are with the people in Norway in our prayers. I pray for the two of you as Episcopal leaders and your colleagues of the Christian community as well as for all the pastors in our UMC churches that God will strengthen you in the witness of hope in the middle of the mourning.

Grace and peace,
Rosemarie Wenner



My Beloved Brother Christian,
I grieve with you and all the people of Norway over the atrocities that you have been recently subject to.  I have invited the people of the Desert Southwest Conference to join me in praying with you and for you.  May God's abundant mercy and grace be upon you.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño
Resident Bishop Phoenix Area

 


Praying for you
"Praying for you as you lead the church in being hands and feet of Jesus during this tragedy..."

Dottie Escobedo-Frank


 

Christian:
Thank you for the update and your words of encouragement and hope. I want to assure you that the United Methodists of West Ohio are holding you, our fellow UMs in Norway and the entire country, especially the victims and their families, in our prayers.

In Christ’s love,
Bruce Ough
Resident Bishop East Ohio

 

Dear Christian
It was good to talk to you this evening. I forward below the message I sent to Tove. Each new TV bulletin I see conveys even more graphically this terrible ordeal. I was glad to hear, at least, that the pastor’s daughter-in-law was out of danger.

Roy Crowder | World Church Relationships Partnership Coordinator - Europe
The Mission and Advocacy Cluster | The Connexional Team




Hej
Jag har inget förslag på hur man skulle kunna göra det på bäst sätt
men skulle vi inte kunna meddela / delta på något sätt i norrmännens sorg?

Det som har hänt är helt avskyvärt och man undrar vad är det som gör
att man är beredd att slakta så många ungdomar?

Att utlysa förbön för anhöriga är det minsta vi kan göra
hoppas att det finns andra smarta förslag också och
att vi / man kan handla någorlunda snabbt fast det är semestertider.

Leevi
Præst i Finlands Svenske Metodistkirke

 

Dear Christian,
Our prayers are very much with you.  Our hearts break with yours.
May Christ be with you and all who sorrow and all who bear God's comfort.

Hope Morgan Ward
Resident bishop Mississippi

 

Dear Øyvind Helliessen and Vidar Bjerkseth
I have not had the privilege of meeting either of you yet though you may know my predecessor Colin Ride. I am Partnership Coordinator for Europe following Colin’s retirement.

I have over several years however been a member of the European Commission on Mission and have worked with former Bishop Øystein Olsen and Tove Odland. More recently I’ve got to know Bishop Christian Alsted through the European Methodist Council. I’ve been able to speak today to Christian and Tove to express my deepest feelings of horror, shock and sympathy at the events in and around Oslo. Tove has sent me your addresses.

They have told me of a pastor’s daughter-in-law who was injured in the bombing but who is progressing after surgery. Tove has also explained how her son, a psychologist, is involved in caring for the families of both the bereaved and the survivors. In these ways we get a sense of connection to your lives. I am sure as days unfold you will find more and more direct and indirect ways in which you and your members are woven into this awful tragedy.

I want to pass on to you the prayerful empathy of the Methodist people in Britain. I do this especially on behalf of our President, Leo Osborn, and Vice-President, Ruth Pickles; and my colleagues in the Connexional Team: General Secretary Martyn Atkins and Secretary for External Relations Christine Elliott.

Prayers will be said in our churches tomorrow. Next week it will also be the time, on the 26th of the month, when we regularly pray for our Partner Church in Northern Europe and Eurasia through our Prayer Handbook. The Handbook is shared right around the world and I’m sure there will be very special remembrance of you on that day as indeed we will think of you in the coming weeks and months as you come to terms with these terrible events.

We pray for our friends in the United Methodist Church in Norway and for all those directly and indirectly affected by this merciless act. Indeed we hold all the people of Norway before our God of peace and love in the strong hope and conviction, through our faith in Jesus Christ, that hatred and violence will not prevail.

We were also encouraged to read the message from Olav Tveit on the WCC website. It must be comforting to know that a leading figure in the world wide Christian fellowship can share your shock and horror as a fellow citizen.
 
yours sincerely
Roy Crowder
World Church Relationships Partnership Coordinator - Europe
The Methodist Church, United Kingdom


 

Dear Christian,
The TV stations here are carrying the news of the tragedies in Norway.  It is most unfortunate that a peaceful nation such as Norway has to undergo this kind of terrorist activity.  No nation seems to be immune from it these days.  Please let your people know that your Christian friends in the United States are praying for the victims, their families, and everyone in Norway who has been shaken by these tragedies.  And Joye and I pray for you and Elisabeth as you must lead the churches and many of the people through these difficulties.  May God give you an extra measure of God's grace during this time!

Your brother in Christ and colleague in the Council of Bishops,
Ben R. Chamness
Resident bishop Nashville area

 

Dear Christian and Oystein,
Our hearts are breaking for the people of Norway.  When we picked up the paper this morning and read of the tragedy, Wayne and I prayed for you, for our pastors in Norway and for all the people, especially those who have lost loved ones in this incomprehensible massacre.  May God hold you close in this time of loss and nonsensical, brutal violence.

In Christ,
Ann and Wayne
Resident bishop Nebraska area



Hi Christian:
Thank you for the helpful update.  It is such a terrible tragedy.  I will keep you and the people of Norway, and especially the victims and their families in my prayers.  May God give you strength and courage in these difficult times.

Blessings,
Grant Hagiay
Resident bishop Seattle area

 

Dear Christian
I am so sorry to hear about the sadness in Norway. My prayers are with you all at this time.
Blessings
Peggy Johnsson
Resident bishop Philadelphia Area

 

Dear Bishop Alsted:
My heart is so heavy with sadness for all the good people of Norway…..such a horrible, senseless tragedy.  I especially pray for our United Methodists as they seek to bring God’s peace and healing in this difficult time of grief.  May you all be strengthened and comforted by our resurrection faith.

Blessings,
Mary Brooke Casad
Executive Secretary, The Connectional Table, The United Methodist Church

 

Dear Bishop Christian Alsted and Oystein Olsen,
Many of us in Eurasia are shocked with this news. Our prayers are with you. As I visit our churches in Kyrgyzstan, people are concerned and ask God to care for those who suffer and comport them.

May God give you and your people strength in this difficult time.

In Christ,
Eduard Khegay
Assistant to the Bishop Hans Vaxby

 


Dear Christian:
I pray that the power of God Almighty will speak through you to the people whom you care for and love deeply.  I feel more than sympathy, I feel the deep wound left by the demonic spirit let loose in your home-land and our world.  If God is for us......who can be against us?  Who or what can separate us from the love of God?  The Apostle Paul was correct when he wrote, "nothing can separate us from of God".  "Neither Death nor Life".....nor anything is all creation..."  Let us continue to share the love of Christ until the glory of God shall be revealed.  I stand beside you in my prayers as a Brother in Christ.

Love and Peace,
Felton Edwin May
Retired bishop

 


My dear brother and colleague in ministry,
I write on behalf of the Sierra Leone Annual Conferencce and on my own personal behalf to extend to you and our brothers and sisters in Norway our deepest condolences for the loss of life of so many innocent and people in Norway caused by terrorist attack and a massacre in a youth camp in Norway.
We are deeply sadened by such violent attack in a nation that has been so peaceful through generations. It is my prayer that God will grant both our church and the people of Norway the strength and courage to go through this time of shock, pain and grief.

May God's abundant peace and mercy be with you as you lead the church in providing healing and restoration to the people who have been affected by this carnage.

Bishop John K Yambasu
Resident bishop Sierra Leone

 


Øystein Olsen
I'm very sad for today's terrorist attacks which took place in Oslo, and I
hope this did not harm you and your loved ones. May God bless and protect
you.

Ansis Paukshis,
Jelgava, Latvia




Kære Øystein
I har været i mange danskeres tanker siden i fredags. Ufatteligt, at denne
tragedie rammer jer.

Jeg kommer lige fra gustjeneste i Jerusalemskirken, hvor der blev bedt for
Norge og for jer. Og ved kirkekaffen fortalte Christian, at personer i
tilknytning til vores egen kirke var ramt, og at der holdes gudstjenester.
Vi ved også om de to præster, som var på plads ude ved havnen nær Utøya.

På vej fra kirken var jeg forbi den norske ambassade nær kongeslottet, hvor
i hundredvis af blomsterbuketter og levende lys fortæller om vores følelser
for vores broder/søsterfolk.

Lige nu får jeg at vide, at en 43 årig dansk kvinde, der var med som
samarit,  er skudt, mens hendes 20 årige datter overlevede.

Nu er det godt at vide, at Gud er med os.

Guds fred.
Henning Bjerno



Kära vänner!
Har med hjälp av TV firat gudstjänst i Oslo domkyrka. Guds
kraft och visdom önskar jag er i den tragedi ni lever i just nu. Vid sidan
om allt det hemska drabbas jag av en oerhört stark och klok statsminister.
Gud med oss alla och just nu särskilt er. Karin

Karin Wiborn
Baptistsamfundet i Sverige




Dear Christian and Oystein,
Our hearts are breaking for the people of Norway.  When we picked up the
paper this morning and read of the tragedy, Wayne and I prayed for you, for
our pastors in Norway and for all the people, especially those who have lost
loved ones in this incomprehensible massacre.  May God hold you close in
this time of loss and nonsensical, brutal violence.

In Christ,
Bishop Ann Brookshire Sherer-Simpson




Dear Bishop Olsen,
We in Lithuania are praying for people in Norway these days.

Egle Chomyniene



Brobyggeren
We’ve just heard the news about the blasts in your city center. I am shocked and concerned for you and all the people of Oslo. Please know that we will be praying for you.

Please let us know if the damage directly hit you or the Methodist headquarters there.

Fondly,
Mary Lou Redding
Editorial Director
The Upper Room Magazine


Tragedy
As we all add our prayers for you and the people of Norway, I thought
I should relate to you that last week the General Commission on
Archives and History was meeting and Jorunn Wendel is a member of
GCAH and was with us as the information was coming to us.  Also, we
were meeting in Oklahoma City.  The prayers of the Commission and the
Historical Society of The UMC were lifted up but we were virtually
overwhelmed with being with Jorunn in Oklahoma City as the location
of such pain in 1995 as Norway was experiencing such a tragedy
now.  She should be getting home today.  God bless you and the people
of Norwary.

Robert Williams, General Secretary
General Commission on Archives and History


I’m sorry
I am just back from vacation. I’m sorry I have not already let you know how
sorry I am to hear about the tragedy in Norway. You are all in my prayers.
We will lift up Norway in prayer at our Wednesday chapel service in the
United Methodist Building.

Jim Winkler,
generalsekretær Church og Society


Oyvind,
I was out of the communications loop at a retreat when the news about the
tragic violence in Norway broke.  My heart goes out to you and the people of
Norway.  We prayed for Norway, the Christians responding, the victims and
perpetrator at worship yesterday (Sunday) at Armstrong Chapel UMC.  May the
Lord give the wisdom and strength needed.

Greg Stover
Connectional Table medlem, pastor


Oyvind:
News of what is happening in Oslo and other parts of Norway this day are sketchy, but enough to know that you and your beloved country and people are in great distress.  Please know that I am praying for you safety and for your nation as well.  May God watch over, protect and empower you today to deal with everything that is happening.

Love and prayers,
Ava Berry
Connectional Table medlem


Oyvind,
My heart, and the heart of Donna as well, is heavy for you, your family and your countrymen and women.  How incredibly sad it is that any nation, even more especially a peace loving people such as your country men and women, are victims of violence.  In the midst of all the emails going back and forth regarding structure, money and leadership, the fact remains that evil persists and that our one and only hope is the grace of God.  I am truly sorry, Oyvind, truly sorry.  Our prayers will be with you.

Ray Hamill
Connectional Table medlem

 

Bless you for your words. You and your country are in my prayers.

Gilbert C. Hanke
General Secretary
General Commission on United Methodist Men

 

Dear Christian, Vidar and Öyvind,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this terrible tragedy. May God’s peace and wisdom be with you to be Christian leaders for your people at this time.

Üllas and colleagues at GBGM

 
Dear Øyvind
I have just read these news reports……such terrible news. Please be assured of prayers. GBOD’s board of directors is meeting this week. We will ask for their prayers as well.

Many blessings and prayers,
Rev. Karen Greenwaldt
General Secretary
GBOD | The United Methodist Church


I join them.
May God's grace undergird the people, and Holy Spirit guide the leaders in their responses.

Roy I. Sano (pensjonert biskop)

 

Oyvind,
I just heard the terrible news about events in Norway. You and those who are grieving the loss of loved ones are in my prayers.

Larry Hollon
Gen.sekr, UMCOM

 

Oyvind….
Please know of my prayers for you and the good people of Norway.  I pray that God’s loving presence may surround you all, bringing peace and healing.

Blessings
Mary Brooke Casad
Executive Secretary, The Connectional Table, The United Methodist Church

 

Oyvind
You and your countrymen are in the prayers of my husband & I.  We loved your people and your country when we were there laws year.  Hate never wins – People are at their best under the worst of times through God’s grace.

In our hearts &prayers!
Judy and Loyd Benson
Connectional Table medlem, Texas

 

Dear Oyvind,
I am very shocked about the events that have happened in Oslo and at the Youth Camp in the last 24 hours.  Please be assured that our prayers are with the Methodist Church and all the people of Norway at this very difficult time.

May God bless you as you seek to minister His love into this situation.
Helen
(formerly of the Theological Commission of the European Methodist Council)

 

Dear Friends,
     Our hearts go out to all of you. This tragedy that has come to you seems so senseless and so very destructive.  The innocent lives that were cut short, the grief of families and friends, the killed and wounded at the bomb site, the nation as a whole.

       Our prayers go out to all of you.  Tomorrow, all of our congregations will be praying for you, for the families of the lost, for those who witnessed the attacks, for the terrible memories that they and you will have to live with.  Prayer candles will be lit all over Latvia for you.

        We will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers.   May

our Gracious and Almighty God strengthen you in this time of sorrow.

May His peace and His love envelope you so that you can be strong for your countrymen and help them deal with this tragedy.

         Blessings and prayers,  Gita and the UMC in Latvia

 

My Friend,
May God bless your country in this time of terrible trial, and give you strength through the Holy Spirit as you speak/live Jesus to a terrorized people. God bless you, Oyvind,

Tim
Connectional Table medlem N. Carolina

 

Brangūs broliai ir seserys Kristuje Norvegijoje,
Per pastarąsias 24 valandas mes stebėjome filmuotus vaizdus,  nuotraukas ir girdėjome pasakojimus apie tai, kas įvyko Norvegijoje – taikioje ir rodės saugioje šalyje, kurioje žmonės  nematė ir nepatyrė nieko panašaus jau nuo Antrojo pasaulinio karo laikų. Tai yra siaubinga ir baisu net įsivaizduoti kiek skausmo ir sielvarto patyrė Norvegijos žmonės  ir tos šeimos, kurie prarado savo vaikus ir  artimuosius.

Lietuvos žmonės su gilia užuojauta seka ir stebi įvykių eigą šioje šalyje. Mūsų širdyse ir mintyse mes esame su jumis visais ir sielvartaujame kartu su jumis. Mes meldžiamės už Norvegijos žmones ir tikime, kad Dievas nušluostys kiekvieną ašarą ir suteiks jums stiprybės ir padės pakelti visus sunkumus.

Visų Lietuvos žmonių  vardu ir Lietuvos Jungtinių metodistų bažnyčių vardu  reiškiame gilią užuojautą visai norvegų tautai.  Tikime,  kad norvegų tauta išgyvens šią tragediją susitelkusi ir vieninga. Visa Lietuva yra kartu su Norvegija šią sunkią Jūsų šaliai akimirką.

 

Dear our brothers and sisters in Christ in Norway,
Over the past 24 hours we watched video, photos and heard stories about what happened in Norway - a peaceful and seemed a safe country where people are never seen or experienced anything like this since the Second World War. This is a terrible and awful even to imagine how much pain and anguish suffered by the Norwegian people and the families who lost their children, neighbors and loved ones.

Lithuanian people follow and observe all the events in the country of Norway with a deep compassion.  In our hearts and thoughts we are with you all and we grieve with you. We pray for the Norwegian people and believe that God will wipe away every tear and give you strength and help to overcome any difficulties.

The people of Lithuania and the Lithuanian United Methodist Church's behalf, we express our deepest condolences to the entire Norwegian people. We believe that the Norwegian people will survive this tragedy concentrated and united. All of Lithuania is in conjunction with Norway on this difficult moment for your country.

In Christ Love,
Andzelika Micutiene










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