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Prayer for Emanuel AME Church

Dear Friends,

In following this tragic news for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we have seen both terrible evil and amazing grace, heartbreak and hope, profound brokenness and awesome strength.  Please pray for the people of Emanuel AME Church, for family and friends who mourn such tragic and senseless deaths, and the people of Charleston in the aftermath of this shocking event.  May this serve as a reminder of how central it is to our faith to love our neighbors, help each other through the deepest of valleys, live with grief and anger, and wait for joy in the morning.  It is clear from the testimonies coming out of Charleston that the Gospel that gives life to Emanuel AME Church is swallowing hatred and proclaiming Christ in the midst of sorrow.  May the church throughout the world continue to rise up and show that love wins.
Holy God, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your people but in Jesus you bear that pain with all who suffer at the hands of others.  With your …

Shifting Gears

Dear Friends,     As we enter the month of June with weddings, graduations, and vacations posted on the calendar, many also embrace a change of pace for the summer weeks ahead.  Even here at St. Andrew's, the calendar looks a little different as many of our leaders seek rest and renewal.  However, our calling to lift up Jesus to the community in Worship, Education, and Service remains throughout the year. Worship  -     This Sunday, we begin our summer worship schedule with one service at 9:30 AM.  This week,  many of our Sunday School children will be assisting with the leadership of worship as we give thanks to God for all that they have learned and shared over this past program year.  Following worship, there will be a light brunch in St. Andrew's Hall, to which all of you are invited. Education -     Vacation Bible School is coming to St. A's June 15-18 from 9 AM - Noon.   If you are available and would like to help, please contact Janice Stickley …