|Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu
asked people to reflect on the 'suffering in our world'
during his Christmas sermon
The Archbishop of
York asked people to reflect on the "suffering in our world" as he
delivered his Christmas sermon.
John Sentamu included
the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann and the family of chef
Claudia Lawrence during his speech at York Minster.
The victims of
suicide bombings, the "downtrodden" of Zimbabwe, the armed forces and
people affected by the economic downturn were all referred to in his
referred to Psalm 98 in which "the entire world of creation is summoned
to sing, play and dance the new song to the Lord".
"This new song is a
universal song, not the property of some exclusive part of our world.
And since the entire world is invited to sing this new song, singers of
this new song acknowledge the ever-adorable God," he said.
"All are summoned to
praise and worship God 'in the beauty of holiness'.
"The Psalm proclaims
that, from whatever viewpoint we think of God, he is infinitely
desirable, glorious and worthy of our adoration."
He told the
congregation: "With joy in our response to God's message of deliverance,
let us leave the Minster this morning in a pure state, confident of our
future in God's plan.
"And then go and be
God's new song: to the parents of Madeleine McCann, Claudia Lawrence;
the downtrodden of Zimbabwe; the children and women brutalised in
Eastern Congo, and Darfur; the people who are losing their lives
violently through suicide bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq; prisoners of
conscience; Israel and Palestine; our armed forces; the children in our
own country who suffer at the hands of those who should care for them;
those who have lost their jobs, savings, pensions, homes, due to the
credit crunch, the economic downturn and the outworking of the cuts in
public expenditure; the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the housebound,
and the suffering in our world.
"Drawing them all
into the circle of the God who 'so loved the world that he gave his only
son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have