I haven’t spoken very much about the tragic events that took place last week in Charleston, SC. This is not because I haven’t been paying attention, nor is it because I don’t want to speak about it. The reason I haven’t said much is because I don’t know what to say.
It has been awfully hard this past week to try and put into words the pain that this event has caused for me. I’m sure for many of you the same can be said. The words that you wish to form are simply too hard to come by. And yet as Christians we must try. We must try to put into words our thoughts and our feelings and our prayers. We must try to look ahead and to voice not only our sadness but our plans of action as well.
This Sunday at Park Street we will be having two very different and very distinct worship experiences. I’d like to invite you to them both.
First, New Light worship at 9am, I will be speaking about the events of last week. I will talk a little bit about my own personal feelings and understandings, but I will also be sharing a Biblical story that I think speaks to this. And while it will never give us the answers that we are looking for, I think that it ultimately will lead us to a better understanding of the role that we as God’s people play in combating hate and violence in our society.
Second, during 11am worship, we will be having the closing wrap up for our VBS that will be taking place this weekend. For those of you that attended last year’s VBS service you know how much fun we had together, and this year’s service I feel sure will prove to be even better.
So instead of picking one or the other this week, I encourage you all to come and join us for these two very different very distinct worship opportunities. It will give us the chance as the Body of Christ to share and experience the full breadth of what it means to be in relationship with one another.