The CPCA leadership team, on behalf of all the CPCA chaplains, offer our deepest condolences to the families and peers of the South Simcoe PS slain officers CST. Morgan Russell and CST Devon Northrup.
In the wake of this terrible tragedy, our hearts go out and our collective prayers go out to the families and friends of the officers. These men bravely answered the call, as did countless peacekeepers throughout our nation, many times a day. CST Northrup and CST Russell bravely sacrificed themselves to confront and defeat a threat to their community; their ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten! We lift up their families and colleagues in prayer, including the family of the assailant. We also pray for strength and resilience for all those who come alongside the bereaved to provide care and counselling, including the police chaplains (Barrie PS Chaplain Craig Head and others), employee wellness teams/peer support groups, counsellors, victim services units, the police service’s psychologists and psychiatrists. May there be strength and unity across all teams of those who serve all affected by this tremendous loss in this community.
For those police chaplains who are geographically separated from providing immediate care, please consider joining me tonight for a time of national prayer on Zoom. I will be sending out an “Event” notice to CPCA pastors and associates for a prayer time beginning at 7pm Winnipeg Time. Let’s come together to spiritually uplift all those affected in Ontario and across our nation.
The inspiring words and prayer below came to me from TO Police Service Chaplain Wendell Gibbs and I am sharing them with you nationally to support unity as we stand and grieve with the community of Innisfel, ON and the South Simcoe Police Service.
With deepest sympathy,
Constable/Chaplain Bruce Ewanyshyn, Brandon PS
ICPC Director Region 1
“As we experience yet another painful and senseless murder ambush of our South Simcoe officers, we pray for the bereaved families and comfort for all our officers and those affected. May we once again find the will to support and show our solidarity to our line of defenders and each other. May we share in the emotional strength of each other as we share the burden of our duty. God have mercy.”
“Dear God, we ask and pray for your protection and oversight of our frontline officers as they serve and protect the community. And we also pray against the hatred and unjust judgment of the uniformed defenders you have established. We hold fast and calls you command in Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no other authority than that which God has established. The authorities that exist are established by God.” In your name we pray, Amen!”
On behalf of your praying priests,
Chaplain Wendell Gibbs