Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Many of us, like much of our nation and world, have journeyed through the past day in a cloud of faithful confusion, saddened and filled with questions regarding the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Our church doesn’t pretend to have answers to those questions, or relief for that confusion, but we do promise to stand together, with our Good Shepherd, in the valley of shadows this event has cast.

Starting Wednesday morning, we’ll embody that promise by opening up our sanctuary for all who would like to come and pray.  Within the sanctuary will be various stations that invite individuals and families to write prayers and think on Scripture to help them process Sunday’s tragedy.  The sanctuary will be open until 8:30pmWednesday, as well as on Thursday and Friday during regular church hours.

Additionally, during our Wednesday night meal in the Community Center, Paul will offer a devotional word before those gathered disperse for their various Life University classes and activities.  After children’s choir lets out at 6:40pm, Allison and Lance will also invite the children and youth, along with their parents and teachers, to a conversation in the Community Center regarding how to address life’s tragic times through the lens of a growing faith.  Preschool children will continue in their BLAST activities until their parents pick them up.

We hope that you and your family will join us as we come together with our questions, our pain, and our hope in a Christ who weeps with us, and who conquered death so that one day we may weep no more.

Peace be with you,

Paul Burgess