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We joyfully celebrate life and living in the fullness of God’s creation. In light of His unconditional grace and Jesus’ extension of friendship to all people, we welcome everyone who wants to become part of this community of faith.
We affirm all people equally, regardless of social, economic, or marital status, race, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, previous religious affiliation, or no religious affiliation. As God freely loves and accepts us, we offer love and acceptance in this congregation.
As a congregation, we are committed to living together in such a way that we give witness to Christ’s sacrificial life, saving death, and glorious resurrection. Through Christ, we live in amazement and joy!
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Our Prayer in Solidarity with Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Cburch and with All Who Suffer
The editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, Jill Duffield, has written this prayer for the church's Sunday worship. Through its heartfelt words, we lift up our voices and hearts in the wake of Wednesday night's massacre and tragic loss of life:
Almighty God, our gathering together for worship and prayer is, this day, both an offering of praise and a show of courage. We come to this sanctuary mindful that even sacred spaces are not necessarily safe spaces. We bow our heads remembering our brothers and sisters in Christ whose last earthly act was prayer. We give thanks for the lives of your faithful servants: Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson, Daniel Simmons and Depayne Middleton Doctor. Comfort their families and friends and strengthen them in the difficult days that are ahead. We pray, too, because Christ commands us to, for Dylan Roof and his family. Bring peace, transform hearts, show us again your resurrection power in places we cannot imagine it can come.
You tell us, Lord God, that perfect love casts out fear and the families of the victims of Mother Emanuel Church and the people of Charleston have shown us what loving fearlessness looks like. Forgiveness has been extended, hands have been held, hymns have been sung, prayers have been lifted, unity has been demonstrated. The Goliath of hate and racism has not and will not win.
People of faith and prayer, slain after extending Christ’s welcome in God’s house, have left a legacy that cannot be gunned down. Their lives of love and grace have begat love and grace. The gifts of the Spirit that you gave them – gifts of love, joy, peace, gentleness and goodness – appeared defeated on Wednesday night, but on Thursday when people came together and sang, “We Shall Overcome,” and on Friday when words of forgiveness were spoken and a vigil packed a coliseum, and on Saturday when crowds gathered in solidarity to say that symbols have consequences, and today as we and countless others pray for peace and commit to being peacemakers, we recognize the gifts you gave those nine are unstoppable, exponential, inevitable and victorious.
God of justice and compassion, you sent your Son for the sake of the world you love. He was murdered, his last words a prayer for forgiveness. Three days later he rose from the dead, his first words ones of reassurance, telling us not to be afraid because even death had been defeated.
Today we remember and proclaim: Violence and hate do not have the last word. The love of God made known to us through Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, always has the last word. The Spirit’s crop of goodness and love and joy and peace and gentleness will not stop growing. Now is the time for us – people of faith, brothers and sisters of every race and background – to recognize these unshakable truths and in the midst of the storm, trust the power of the One in the boat with us.
We yield ourselves to you, Triune God, knowing you bring redemption, reconciliation and resurrection. Make us your witnesses. May your perfect love in us and shown through us, cast out fear and help transform the world.
This Sunday at Lafayette ...
June 28, 2015 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Read a reflection on this week's lectionary posted under "Personal Growth" that helps us think more clearly about the terrible shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the healing that will surely follow.
9:00 AM Puppet Team Rehearsal (open to middle schoolers through adults)
9:45 AM Sunday School (classes for all, plus new class: “What Presbyterians Believe”)
11:00 AM Worship
Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Sermon: “Healing Mercies in God’s Time”
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Request for Prayers and Assistance ...
Numerous states have been affected by flooding this year due to the melting from heavy snow fall and a higher than average amount of rainfall. More than 150 locations in the central and southern Plains are currently reporting river flooding, the majority of which are in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The relentless rain and storms have impacted a wide swath of Texas since the Memorial Day weekend. The severe weather left at least 23 people dead, and an estimated 4,000 homes damaged, washed away, or otherwise destroyed.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been in continual contact with mid-councils that have been experiencing storms and flooding, and has responded to the most affected ones, Grace, Mission and New Covenant, with One Great Hour of Sharing funds and the presence of National Response Team (NRT) members, and has also reached out to Palo Duro to offer assistance.
Two congregations and a New Church Development, Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and Iglesia Cristiana Latina Presbiteriana in New Covenant Presbytery, sustained damage from the flooding. PDA is working with Presbyterian leadership to help these churches with their needs.
John Knox Ranch camp, a Presbyterian camp situated on the Blanco River, was affected by the flooding in Texas. While most of the buildings at John Knox stand on a ridge and were unaffected by the flood waters, the camp sustained extensive damage to the dining hall, swimming pool and two shower houses that were located below the ridge.
Please "stand in the GAP" for all who are affected by the flooding:
Give. Share your financial blessing and designate your gift to DR000191 - U.S. Flooding. Gifts can be made online, by phoning 800-872-3283 weekdays between8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Pray for all who have been affected by storms and flooding, for those who remain in harm'’s way and for those involved in responding to needs.
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
"With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- from "A Brief Statement of Faith - Presbyterian Church (USA)"
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