On Sunday, November 5, a gunman walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX. He killed 26 worshippers and wounded another 20.
As members of a small church family, this tragedy hits especially close to home, for DHPCers. Our hearts ache for our fellow Christian community, which has experienced so much loss in a place that is to provide sanctuary and hope. While we join our hearts in prayer for the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, for their entire community reeling over so much carnage, for church leaders who are called to provide care in the midst of their own mourning, for funeral after funeral after funeral, we also recognize that in times of darkness, God sometimes calls us to be the answer to prayer and to step forward with the light. To that end, you are invited to consider these three actions:
- DHPC is collecting funds to help First Baptist Church with funeral expenses and mental health care. You may contribute to this fund by check or online. Please include the memo, “Sutherland Springs.”
- Acquaint yourself with the denominational resources regarding advocacy to reduce gun violence.
Looking for language to appeal to your elected officials, Presbyterian Peacemaking recommends, “I urge you, as our elected servant of the common good, to work especially for the passage of universal background checks and closure of the “gun show loophole” as well as the renewal of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Neither will infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners and both will keep us safer.”
- Pray. This prayer, posted in Presbyterian Outlook, might be a starting point.