The following is an email that our Rector sent out this morning. There is so much hatred spewed from pulpits that it keeps many people away and leaves many people feeling neglected or persecuted.
THIS is the way to do Church. Bless!
Like most, if not all, of you, I am exhausted and still absorbing the outcome of yesterday’s election.
There are some of us who are pleased by the result and many more of us who are shocked, disappointed, and fearful. Wherever we stand politically, it is obvious that the country is starkly and dangerously divided. We do not listen to each other. We do not understand each other. We do not respect each other. We do not like each other. Worst of all, we do not love each other.
But, as followers of Jesus, you and I are called to love – to love Trump supporters and Clinton supporters, to love black people and white people, to love gay people, to love Muslims, to love immigrants with or without documents, to love disabled people, to love anyone that the world fears as an enemy or dismisses as worthless, and, yes, to love those people we personally find especially difficult to love.
This is all very hard and only possible with God’s help. And, we receive God’s help when we open hearts to God in prayer and especially when we pray together. That’s why I’m inviting you to a service of Holy Eucharist tonight at 7:00.
It will be the same simple and brief service we offer each Wednesday morning – a way for us to begin praying and healing and loving our way into the future.
Please join us if you can.
Meanwhile, please be assured of my prayers for you all and know that I’m here if you if you need to talk.
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.