Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope this email finds you doing well and ready for a new week.
Here are this week's updates from church:
Our liturgy for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost is up on Youtube and the bulletin is attached to this email. Open it up, grab your Bible and your hymnal, light a candle and begin the video to join our community in worship!
We are beginning week 14 of our small group mid-week worship. We will continue this week with a Tuesday night gathering at 5pm and a Wednesday night gathering at 7pm. Please look for another email in your inbox in the next day or two with more details.
Thank you to all who have entered their birthday info on the Google Form. If you have not done so yet, you can do that here.
We have some upcoming birthdays:
Lucas A, June 14 - Happy Birthday, Lucas!!
Yehfen S, June 18
Sarah B, June 24
Let's shower these folks with some birthday wishes from their church family! If you need a birthday person's mailing address or phone number, please look in your church directory or ask Karin (435-760-5350).
Additionally, there are some upcoming commemorations this week that I would like to draw your attention to.
June 17th is the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine. On the evening of June 17, 2015 nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. To honor their memory, the ELCA has designated June 17th an official commemoration in the church and will be offering a prayer service at 10am Mountain time on Wednesday. The service will include leaders from around the ELCA and ecumenical partners, including episcopal leadership from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach the sermon. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy. You can view the service at https://elca.org/emanuelnine.
June 19th is Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It recalls how the states of Louisiana and Texas heard the news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in those two states for more than two years after the proclamation was signed beaus the word had yet to travel there. Texas and Louisiana finally got the good news on June 19, 1865. Formerly enslaved people broke out in spontaneous celebration.
We will have brief videos up on our youtube channel marking both the commemoration on the 17th and the celebration of Juneteenth on 19th. Please look for those videos on our PrinceOPeace youtube channel.
Finally, we will be adding another name to our prayers this week. Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police in Atlanta yesterday. We mourn his passing and we pray for his family, for the city of Atlanta, and for justice to prevail.
In our continued efforts to stay informed and center black voices, I'd like to share this article with you (special thanks to Karin for bringing it to my attention!) Pastor Lenny Duncan is a mission developer in Washington state. He is a wise voice and a brilliant writer who has also authored the book Dear Church. Please, take some time with this article this week. And reach out with your thoughts!
Peace be with you, my friends. Have a good week and I'll see you on Zoom!