The CPCA Leadership Team, on behalf of all the CPCA chaplains, offer our deepest condolences to the families and peers of South Simcoe PS slain officers CST. Morgan Russell and CST Devon Northrup.
In the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, our hearts grieve, and our collective prayers go out to the officers' families and friends. These men courageously answered the call, as do countless peacekeepers across our nation, many times a day. CST Northrup and CST Russell bravely sacrificed themselves to face 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 resiliency for all those coming alongside the bereaved to provide care and counsel including the police chaplains (Barrie PS Chaplain Craig Head and others), employee wellness teams/peer support groups, counsellors, victim service units, police service psychologists and psychiatrists. May there be strength and unity across all teams of those serving everyone affected by this immense loss within this community.
To the police chaplains geographically separated from providing immediate care, please consider joining me this evening for a time of national prayer on Zoom. I will be sending out an "Event" notification to CPCA chaplains and associates for a time of prayer commencing at 1900 hours Winnipeg Time. Let us come together to spiritually lift up all those affected in Ontario and across our nation.
The inspirational words and prayer below came to me from TO Police Service Chaplain Wendell Gibbs and I share 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 another painful and senseless murder ambush of our South Simcoe Officers, we pray for the bereaving families and comfort to all our officers and those affected. May we again, find the resolve to support and show our solidarity towards our line of defenders and each other. May we join in the emotional strength for each other as we share in the burden of our line of duty. God have mercy."
"Dear God, we petition and pray for Your protection and oversight over our front-line officers, as they serve and protect society. And we also pray against the hate and unjust judgement towards the uniformed defenders you have established. We adhere and invoke you command in Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” In Your name we pray, Amen!"
On behalf of your praying Chaplains,
Chaplain Wendell Gibbs