Table Talk: Week of September 9, 2018

“All are welcome here”

What an appropriate lesson for our Homecoming Sunday!

God commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. God calls us to view anyone who needs help as our neighbor. We don’t have to look hard to find a “wounded” person. They surround us in our family, our neighborhood, our church, our country, our world.

There are many ways to share God’s love. Ask your children what some of their ideas are.

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Statement from Diocese of Virginia on the Charleston Shooting

Today we grieve with our brothers and sisters in Charleston, South Carolina, as news of last night’s tragedy at Emmanuel AME Church continues to unfold.

We pray for all of those affected by this tragedy, for the nine lives lost, for the families now so deeply plunged into grief, for those who allow hate to prevent them from seeing humanity, and for a community now left to pick up the pieces. 

We stand with and offer our prayers for our brother, the Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg , bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, as he seeks to lead our Church’s witness and ministry in that land with strength and understanding.  

The tragedy in Charleston reminds us yet again the importance of our diocesan work on racial reconciliation. This work that began in April with the first three Hand-in-Hand Listening Sessions and will continue this fall with additional sessions. 

We as a diocese are especially suited, and divinely charged, to be facilitators of reconciliation, both within our own walls and in the broader community.

As we witness this tragedy and the many instances of racially motivated violence in our nation, may we serve as agents of change and as pillars of strength and comfort for all involved. 

A prayer for social justice:

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.