Just like many of you I was hoping for a gorgeous WARM weekend to work out in the yard and enjoy God’s creation. Yet it is a lovely cool day, and we sit still in the confusion of the state of our city after the death of Freddie Gray wondering what we can do to help our city of Baltimore. The news this morning of a major earthquake in Nepal breaks our very hearts as well. Sometimes all we can do is pray, and so I invite you to come to church tomorrow to do just that.
Because we worship a Living God who breaks into the world Risen and Redeemed by the earthquake of a stone rolling away from a tomb now empty. We are an Easter people, gathering together to grieve, worship, pray and even celebrate the new life flowing from the living water. Tomorrow we focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23 carries us through the shadow of death and reminds us that indeed our cups overflow with goodness and mercy. We need each other though along the journey. I am grateful for our Nativity community that sustains me in times such as these.
In the mail today or Monday you will receive a copy of the May Glad Tidings. You can download it here. There are several exciting bits of news there including the fact that we will welcome our sisters and brothers of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter for worship on Pentecost. We have postponed our Bishop’s visitation for this exciting partnership opportunity. In addition, your vestry, clergy and officers challenge you to Buy a Window for Nativity. We look forward to an exciting May in community together.
Faithfully in the Risen Christ,
Prayer for Baltimore
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect. Grant, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of Baltimore, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace. Comfort those who grieve. Restore those who are penitent. Send down upon those who hold office the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice; that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Nepal
Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding…
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have Mercy.