A few weeks ago pastors and church leaders of the ELCA gathered in Springfield, MA to hold our annual Synod Assembly. As part of the opening worship we sang “We Shall Overcome”. This is a protest song that became a key anthem of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. In between verses of the song we read words from Biblical prophets as well as contemporary prophets to remind us that through our baptism we are called to fight the injustice found in our world.
I would like to share some of these words in light of the tragic shooting in South Carolina this week. A shooting that took nine lives including Rev. Clementa Pinckney the pastor of Emmanuel AME church, a seminary classmate and friend to many of my colleagues.
I ask that you say a prayer for the families of those who were killed, pray for the congregation of Emmanuel AME Church, pray for the Charleston community and our nation as we fight for racial justice in our communities around the country. If you don’t know what to say in your prayer, use the following words as your prayer.
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