Thursday, January 26, 2017

26 January 2017

A Prayer for Social Justice

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, 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.
Book of Common Prayer, p 823

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last Saturday I felt compelled to join the March in New York. I am not exactly sure what I was seeking or trying to say. The only sign I could think of holding up was the Greek word for God’s love, agape. I was pleased to be joined by two Congregation members, Linda Brown and Chris Michel-Karston. We met up with Episcopalians from the Cathedral and the Order of Urban Missioners, as well as from Church of the Heavenly Rest. I understand that other Saint John’s members were also in attendance. It turned out to be a wonderful and blessed experience.

Our little group didn’t make it to the speeches at the beginning or at the end, and because of the amazing crush of people walked less than a half a mile. But what I saw and felt was an outpouring of love and care for this country, for our ideals of compassion and democracy. There were no cookie-cutter signs. Everyone--people of all ages, racial, ethnic, cultural, etc. backgrounds--seemed to be carrying a different sign: creative, funny, truthful, difficult, fascinating. I was proud of the fact that as far as I know there were no experiences of violence or arrests. This was a March for peace and justice. It was a joy to be present.

I am pleased to announce that we have two new groups in spiritual formation for liturgical roles at Saint John’s. I am in the process of training three new Lay Eucharistic Ministers who will serve at the altar at our various services, as well as four new Lay Eucharistic Visitors, who will be licensed to bring communion to those who are homebound or in the hospital. In addition, I will be offering classes for those who are interested in officially joining the Episcopal Church at the Diocesan Confirmation Service to be held at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. This will include a class for Youth Confirmation and a class for Adult Confirmation or Reception. Please let me know if you are interested!

We continue to pray for our country in this time of transition that justice and peace may prevail.

In Christ and with love,

The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota

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